The graphic appeal of stamps is timeless – and the combination of contemporary and vintage is particularly effective.

What you will need

  • A collection of stamps with bright colours, graphic shapes or nostalgic value. (Since most stamps are small, they’ll have more impact if you buy them in sheets and work with the repetition.)
  • A selection of frames (we used ‘Classix Clip’  from Big W and a framer. You could try Ikea or Freedom for inexpensive frames)


Once you’ve made your selection, decide which ones you want to use small and in a repetitive sequence and those you want to enlarge – the success of this display is in the change of scale. Keep in mind that quality will be lost in photocopying to such a large size, but it will also enhance interesting elements like watermarks and postmarks.

Decorating Tip

Recreate perforations in the oversized form by using a holepunch to accentuate the iconic stamp format.


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* How to create button stamps
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