I scan all my mailart before I send it off. I then edit the images that I think will make good artistamps.
I use a little software product called ArcSoft PhotoStudio but any kind of software works - Photoshop, Microsoft Paint, etc. I reduce the size of a digital image (jpeg) and then begin editing - add borders, add text, enhance colors (remember, these will be small when reproduced so lots of detail won't show up - enhancing the colors can help make elements pop).
I add the borders and change the colors to match or compliment the image itself. I add text such as the year and my name. Remember to flatten all the layers to keep the image size down.
I then use Microsoft Publisher to create the sheet of artistamps.
I'm pretty sure you can do this in Word or your image editing software. Use whatever you're familiar with - this should be fun, not a frustrating software lesson. :-)
Some people do these analog - ie. they don't use any software - so feel free to draw your artistamps, use rubber stamps or whatever you want!
|my art edited to include borders and text|
|A bunch of my digitally edited art works reduced in size and repeated in Microsoft Publisher to create a sheet of artistamps. This prints out as an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper. I then cut them up and use them on my mailings.|
|An artistamp on an envelope I mailed out last year.|
Another fun aspect of artistamps is using other people's stamps to help decorate your mailart. Here is one that is full of artistamps - mine and a couple other people's stamps!