ArtiStamps Creators

A Group for all that love and make artistamps. Stories, concepts, special issues, All there is to know

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An artistamp (a portmanteau of the words "artist" and "stamp") or artist's stamp refers to a postage stamp-like artform. It is similar to a Cinderella stamp in that it is not valid for postage, but it differs from a forgery or a bogus stamp in that (typically) the creator has no intent to fool any post office or collector of stamps. (However, depending on how the stamp is used, it may be difficult to distinguish artistamps from local post stamps.) The artistamp is intended to be a miniature artwork which can depict or commemorate any subject its creator chooses.

Discussion Forum

Newbie to Mail Art

Started by The Artful Writer. Last reply by The Artful Writer May 27. 5 Replies

Site in Germany (Yourstamps)

Started by Sandra Skies Ludwig. Last reply by Jean-Philippe Gilliot Sep 18, 2018. 8 Replies

How do you use an artistamp on mail?

Started by The Fishmonger. Last reply by Azzaro Jul 19, 2018. 13 Replies

Found some great scissors for cutting stamp edges!

Started by Terri Jones. Last reply by Keith Miller May 31, 2018. 7 Replies

Care and maintenance of perforator

Started by A Badger. Last reply by A Badger Oct 31, 2016. 9 Replies

Where to get sheets of dry gum paper

Started by A Badger. Last reply by A Badger Oct 14, 2016. 7 Replies

Two Free Artistamp Resources

Started by Lisa Vollrath Aug 27, 2013. 0 Replies

"To perforate or not to perforate? That is the question"

Started by Valentine Mark Herman. Last reply by ginny lloyd Aug 11, 2013. 10 Replies

Help for How to Create Stamps

Started by Rachel Fasig. Last reply by Dorin Cojocariu Dec 22, 2011. 19 Replies

Help needed....

Started by Scott Thomson. Last reply by Carla Cryptic Jun 20, 2011. 3 Replies

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Comment by Mary Anne on August 31, 2019 at 2:08pm
Comment by Mary Anne on August 28, 2019 at 12:18am

 I found this on eBay and thought it might be of interest. 


Comment by Alan Brignull on August 25, 2019 at 10:50am

I think you'll find that is a bogus stamp (but some philatelists think artistamps are bogus). For years certain philatelic scammers have produced 'collectable' stamps in the names of poor or disputed administrations who are unlikely to prosecute. There were several featuring Monica Lewinsky supposedly from Abkhazia, .

Comment by Mary Anne on August 25, 2019 at 2:12am

The world of artistamps is, so I have found, generally free of the silliness attached to mainstream politics but I notice that there are a growing number of Trump stamps about.  They are unanimously 'anti', as one would expect, but, I ask myself, what about the 'pro' Trumpers?  Surely there must be a stamp or two for the other side?  In answer to myself I post an image of a stamp, apparently a real one, from 2016; A wonderfully pompous creation that, I am hoping, is meant to be ironic (but I doubt it).  Imagine it on some mail! How are we meant to satirize such a creature? If only we humble arty-types could have access to the necessary technology and resources so as to make such lavish productions ourselves.  Dream on people, dream on.

Comment by William M on August 22, 2019 at 10:21am

It's been awhile. A new set of rubber stamped artistamps I've been working on.

Comment by Mary Anne on July 28, 2019 at 12:12pm

Carolyn, of course I missed an obvious source for the 2 cents you wanted - clip it from a stamp (preferably a used one) then the theme of 'collage' and 'mail' carries through everything.  Keep at it. . .

Comment by Robin Jeree on July 28, 2019 at 7:16am

Such a pretty stamp Carolyn! 

Comment by Mary Anne on July 28, 2019 at 12:12am

just had a quick play . . .

Comment by Mary Anne on July 27, 2019 at 11:59pm

You make it sound like a chore Carolyn - it is supposed to be a pleasure.  You could just use pen and ink - or pencil even - though not a biro.  For heavens sake, not a biro!  Whatever you do, practice first before you mark the originals. . . 

Comment by Mary Anne on July 27, 2019 at 9:53pm

Several options come to mind: rubber stamps might work if you have some or, perhaps better still, grab your scissors and head for a pile of magazines. 

Other than that you could add the type with a computer gizmo such as 'paint' or, if you really wanted to collage, type what you want to put into the computer , print it out whatever size is needed, then cut and paste . . .

I'm sure other people will have suggestions too.


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