It’s hard not to notice the rising trend of using vintage postage stamps on wedding stationery; we suppose the old saying is true that ‘they don’t make ‘em like they used to’. The postage stamps of the past have a beautiful matte finish and their engraved images lend a raised, tactile feel to the surface. They really are tiny pieces of art. However, one thing we are thankful for in modern stamp designs is the self-adhesive backing. Who doesn’t remember the taste after licking and adhering a postage stamp?
When you’re adhering hundreds of stamps on wedding invitations, it’s good to keep in mind that a good seal is imperative. Remember that the glue on the back of these stamps is as vintage as the stamp itself! In order for the stamps to make the trip through the rigorous postal system, we find there are two adhesion methods worth noting.
The first method is simply by using an envelope moistener. You can use a tweezers to hold the stamp and run it across the moistened sponge or simply use a delicate touch and run the sponge along the back. Be careful not to make the glue too wet or it will slide around on the paper before adhering. Also be sure to put pressure on the corners and edges when sealing.
Alternately, you can use a glue stick or glue runner if the glue on the back of the stamp has lost its adhesion. This can be more time-consuming and you’ll want to make sure you use a permanent adhesive instead of a repositionable formula.
With any amount of care, you can still expect to have a few returned due to stamps that may have fallen off during the journey. Be sure to have a few extra stamps so that you can repost them and mail them again.