After our visit to our first letterbox hybrid, Eleanor’s Sweetie Jar I’ve started thinking that doing a few more letterbox hybrids could be pretty fun! I can be quite creative when I put my mind to it and doodling or stamping in a logbook really appeals to me.
So we decided that a trip to some letterbox hybrids in November is in order. I wanted to get a custom stamp done so that it has a personal touch rather than just buy a random stamp that I liked the look of. There are a couple of ways you can go about making your own. There’s a guide here on how to carve one from rubber which I decided looked fun, but would probably cost me a bit to buy the stuff and I would probably mess up some how!
I did some research and there are some online companies that you send your design to and they will make your stamp for you. I went with Stamps Direct and designed my black and white stamp in Photoshop then saved it as a bitmap and sent off the image with my order. I wanted to make a personal design that relates to caching so the stamp is of our handprints (searching for the cache) and Teddy’s pawprint (Usually standing next to us wondering what the heck we’re up to!!!)
I ordered a 40mm x 30mm stamp for £8.25. You can get bigger ones too. An extra £5 for 60mm x 45mm and an extra £11 for 100mm x 60mm. Postage is no more than a couple of quid and the order arrived within 2 days. So now I’m all ready for letterboxes! I think that the stamp will come in handy for normal cache log books as well. I’d really recommend stamps from this place. Remember if you want to do it you need to submit a mirror image of your picture!!!