I thought I would share how I remove postage stamps from their paper backing. These are intended for crafting only! I believe it is against postal law to re-use postage (and if not illegal it’s immoral). Apologies for the poor lighting in my kitchen
Firstly I cut my stamps off their envelopes and cut the paper close to the stamps. Like so:
Then I bring some water to a boil and carefully put a few in for a quick bath:
I use metal craft tweezers to take them out one at a time and carefully, carefully, c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y peal the paper away from the stamp.
Sometimes paper is left stuck to the stamp:
If it’s not too much or doesn’t show through on the front I will usually leave it. If it’s too much or too lumpy or whatever then I will put the stamp back in the water for a little longer and gently rub my thumb over the paper when it’s back out and cool enough to handle. Here is the blue paper backed stamp after a second try:
It is oh-so-satisfying when the paper falls off on it’s own but occasionally the stamp is stuck too well or I am impatient and this happens:
A tear and the stamp split from itself instead of the envelope
I do them in small batches and re-heat the water if it gets too cool. I suggest trying this on less desirable stamps first so you can get the feel of it before risking the prize stamps. Then set them out to dry! If any are curling I use my tweezers to hold them flat but mostly I don’t mind the curl because when they are dry and glued down to a project you’d never know it.
The end. Please don’t drink the stamp tea!