As promised, I have Murph's new mailing address for you to place your Face Value Vintage Stamp orders. I have also updated the mailing address in the original Interview Post here, where you can read more about Murph himself, where the stamps come from, the services he offers, and how to pay by check.
Orders are placed via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Payments are made out to: Errol Murphy
Mail to: 1601 S. Rainbow Ranch Rd.
Wimberley, TX 78676
If you're good with a pencil and not design sotfware, you can do this. Although I finished this one off in Photoshop you still have other options. (See the end of my last post for some ideas.) I'm including this stamp in the IQS rubber stamp series although it was the 2nd rubber stamp I ever started working on quite a while back.
I work in several creative disciplines and take my work seriously. Too seriously sometimes so I try to mix in a few silly things now and then to keep myself balanced. I'm a bit of a perfectionist but vowed to myself to
keep correspondence fun!
I still can't believe I juggle over 20 pen friends. I do think this will not be forever. (I don't fancy that I can be that interesting to this many people.) With time being so limited for me I took my concept for this stamp to a fellow artist. One of my very own pen friends who's an animator! See the process sketches from concept to completion.
Once you've created, ordered and received your first rubber stamp you're over the "customizing" hump. No more fear of the unknown. You can then begin moving into "personalizing" your stamps.
With the big unknown out of the way
you will find yourself able to be more
creatively personal in your designing.
Whether as a gift or to add to your repertoire, it can now become really fun and satisfying. Here are two of my own designs, one a gift and the other for me. See how they came to life.
Now that I've introduced you to custom creating Rubber Stamps allow me to edge you in a little further to some other convenient options. Not all of us care to dabble about with ink pads and such. Thus the self-inking stamp was created. The ink source is INSIDE the stamp.
These are perfect for repetitive tasks
such as return addresses,
small forms, or check lists.
I recently created one of these as a gift for someone I know who will love the convenience of a built-in ink pad, putting it at the-ready whenever needed. No searching for an ink pad and no wiping the stamp clean. Let's take a quick closer look.
I do not consider myself a rubber stamper. I have a few small themed-sets for MailArt purposes that are available at just about any arts and crafts store, but I'm not huge about them. I proved this to myself when I recently attended a Rubber Stamp show. I came out saying,
"These folks are serious!" LOL.
I had oodles of fun meandering about and enjoying how much Rubber Stampers really do adore their stamps. I can respect their enthusiasm and tip my hat to all they create with them!
That being said, I have a ton on my plate! I must save time. So I started with a custom rubber stamp of my return address. I figured it would help me not have to turn my computer on just to print my logo on an envelope. Many months later I now have to admit I'm a little more addicted to custom designing my rubber stamps then I could have imagined. So I thought I'd introduce this concept to you on the IQS blog. It's easier and not as pricy as you might think. They can be practical and fun!
If you live in the US then your missives will cost you less to send beginning tomorrow (but seriously, the post office is closed on Sundays. Meh). Your International letterbox-counterparts might feel a little green with envy so cut them some slack and send them something nice. =)
The reductions are really not huge, but you should be in-the-know if you tend to use vintage stamps to make up the postage sums, or at the very
Hello, I’m Nina, the maven behind the
IQS blog. I’m all about creativity (ya think?).
I work in several disciplines. So it's no surprise that the Art of Letter Writing would come knocking on my door. Smitten!
However, I did not want to simply add MailArt as a discipline to my website. Thus it became the IQS Blog within my site. And that is why there are TWO navigation menus. *Here’s a Tip: stick with the BLOG Menu in this Column. The main site menu will lead you astray into dark places where you will be screaming for help and no one will hear you.
• More Love Letters
• Letter Writers
• A Month of Letters
• Post Card Exchange
• Snail Mail Ideas
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