Despite our inboxes, there are still a few things we'd like to get in the mail, such as event invitations, Christmas cards, and refund checks. But sticking a family portrait on the front of a card is so last decade. For a truly special greeting, what you need is a customized photo stamp that has been printed with a laser. We went to Stamps.com, a division of the United States Postal Service (USPS), to see how easy it would be to print out a stamp from a personal photo.
How to Create a Photo Stamp
In order to create your own stamps at Stamps.com, first you have to register with the website. USPS is offering a lot of special incentives to try their new service, including four-week free trials and even free stamps. After you have registered and installed the software onto your computer, it is a matter of using the simple interface. You can upload your own images, add special effects, then place your order. Each stamp is 1.9 inches in width by 1.4 inches in height, with a image area of 1.2 inches wide by 1.25 inches high. Every one is 100% legal and a valid form of US postage.
Shipping and Handling of Stamps
The custom stamps can be rushed from the postal service in 1-2 days for Expedited shipped. But they generally arrive 3-5 days later if you choose USPS Standard shipping. You can order anywhere from one book to a roll of 10,000 stamps at a time. Bulk orders of stamps may be particularly useful for small business and corporate organizations, who can their own logo on the stamps. If you are interested in placing a high volume order of stamps, the USPS asks that you contact them online through this form.
Stamps For Every Occasion
The personalized stamps from the USPS are ideal for unique holiday cards. But they can also add a special touch to milestones, new arrivals, happy birthdays, bar mitzvahs, and trips to remember. Show off cute kids, cuddly pets, new graduates, even original art by your child or monkey. Make a strong impression by including the company logo on all professional correspondence. The only limit is your imagination and the legal standards for decency set forth in federal regulations.