You may recall that in the spring I acquired several envelopes of vintage postage stamps once belonging to my great grandfather and I was casting about, trying to figure out what to do with them.
In the interim, my dad found some more of them in a filing cabinet, and now I have lots.
It took me a good hour to sort them from his weird Scottish code to something that I could understand.
And now I’m going to show you two things I did with them. I’m sure I’ll do more in the future.
The first idea I had was to enlarge two of the stamps I liked very much. To do this, I took a close-up photo of each using my macro lens and some bright light. I was originally going to scan them instead, but I found they lost a lot of their depth that way.
This is my improvised light box: a bright window, a white sheet of board, and a clean surface.
I touched up the images to improve the contrast and remove imperfections. I love the sheer size of my new computer screen for doing this. No more sticking my nose to the screen!
So here are the two I want to blow up. The mountain goat:
And Expo 67. You can see that by taking a photo instead of scanning you can pick up the slightly raised red ink on the expo67 and the 5.
Then I had the Pie take the images to our university’s printing services and he came home with these nice big printouts. I bought a special pair of scrapbooking scissors at Michael’s that resembles the edges of a postage stamp, so I cut out the stamp image to look like a giant stamp.
Then I simply inserted it in a photo frame of the appropriate size and shape.
This extra one is for Rusty, because he’s an ice maker (and does curling ice), so I thought he would like it. Three stacked one on top of the other I think makes the colour contrasts stand out nicely.
The other thing I did involved a stamp series, which I simply placed in a collage on black paper (for contrast) and inserted in the frame.
This is actually two series together, both of Queen Elizabeth, both representing certain elements of Canadian culture and industry.
For added interest, I did a little research on each stamp (Collections Canada has a comprehensive list) and printed out the information to accompany each framed picture.