(Closed) Postage Copyright?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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7 posts
Newbee

You can check the US Postal Service website.  They have links to USPS approved websites to put images on your own stamps.  The Kodak website also has a link to one of the same websites.  You can use your own pictures or you can photoshop or design your own images.  I thought about using a picture of my fiance and I.  I don’t think you can use a copyrighted image though.  I bet if you did a search you could buy some nice vintage clipart via the web.  I also saw some great clipart books at Barnes and Nobles the other day.  (Don’t see it on their website, but they were the Dover series.)  The books were about $15-$25, but it comes with a CD that has all the images for you to use legally.  They had great books with vintage, colored images of butterflies, flowers, victorian lettering and labels.  Be aware that the make your own stamps will be at least an additional 30 to 40 cents on top of the postage rate, so a 61 cent stamp will actually cost you a $1, so if there are budget constraints, regular stamps are the way to go.  I actually went to the postoffice just to weigh my invites and ended up buying the stamps there.  They had a nice wedding cake 61 cent stamp and 2 wedding bands on the 44 cent stamp.  I thought they were cute enough and I saved some $$$! 

Post # 4
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14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You could probably do it on the back or something to give yourself the "look". YOu know on the back flap! That’d be cute. You probably need regular ole stamps though….not sure what’s up with the copyright. Make one up and drop it in the mail and see if it makes its way to your house, haha =]

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I like ejs4y8’s idea of something on the back. As a guest, stamps are not a detail I’d notice, but if it were something on the back flap, I would notice it more as I’m opening the invite.

Post # 6
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635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

So, you mean, you’d do a cool design on the envelope that looked like those piles of vintage stamps that people put on envelopes, but in the corner you’d leave a blank space where you’d place the REAL postage that would get the invite to its location, right?

I THINK that would be fine as long as you’re not defrauding – if you look at pictures of stamps online (or even on the package of stamps), they put a little slash through the stamp denomination to make it clear that it is not a real stamp.  I don’t see why finding vintage stamps, making a little photoshop collage, and sticking it on there would be an issue – as long as you make sure to put a little slash through the number, so it doesn’t look like you’re trying to get, you know, defraud the post office.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think you’re making too much work for yourself! I know invitations are important, but cutting them all out and printing them sounds expensive and a TON of work, too. I think it’s a cute idea….not sure if it’s worth it though =

Post # 10
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635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Ooh, I see your wedding date is in ’10!  I think it’s a pretty detail, and if you’re really into it, I say go for it – but if it comes down to the last three months, and you haven’t gotten it taken care of – maybe you should let it go.

I think we later 2010 brides can be a little ambitious with crazy DIY details like that, if you make the time for it now!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’d be careful about how close to the real thing you get.  Even though you want to do it because you like the look, things may be misconstrued, especially if the real stamp blends in.  I second the idea on the back though!  Or maybe you could make a vintagy design and put it on the front of the envelope in the lower left corner?

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