But here's the thing: if you like the stamp, how do you save it? Every single guide I've seen online has called for hot water or steam, and a lot of soaking. But I like the letters that my friends send me; I want to preserve every last scrap of it. I've been trying to find a way to get these stamps without scissors and dunking things in lukewarm water.
I think I've found the solution.
This is a roll from the linen closet that's about 10 years old. It's my "sacrifice roll" - I got it jammed in a crappy $5 camera I picked up at the flea market and the leader was crumpled so badly I couldn't do anything with it. You might already have some sitting around; if not, a trip to the local drugstore will fix that. You don't need any particular kind, just grab the cheapest one you can find.
Once you've got your film, cut off a chunk. You'll only need a small piece unless you've got monster hands; even then, you probably won't need a whole lot.
Using your tiny bit of film, slide it under the stamp. You shouldn't meet a whole lot of resistance. If you do, use a corner of the film and take your time. Once you're under the stamp, slowly slide it across an edge to loosen it. If you come across any ragged edges, try again from the other side.
|This is seriously all you need to do.|
No, seriously. Take your time. It's totally worth it, I promise. I'll be right here.
Done? You got your stamp? Awesome! Imagine those letters are flashing nice and bright, congratulating you on a job well done!
It's more than likely that your stamp is still a little sticky. This can be an issue, especially if you're going to try to flatten it. Personally, I don't even bother. I use Elmer's Extra Strength glue sticks and apply it to the first page of my notebook, and they stay pretty darn flat.
And there you have it! The only one that failed (so far) to peel cleanly using this method was a 76p Royal Mail stamp, and I'm pretty sure that not even magic could get that one off. I'm still working on it. It's not very fruitful.