My Photos of Banana Leaves on US Postage Stamps!
It's pretty exciting to tell you that I now design custom postage stamps. Hm. Well, yeah. Exciting is the right word. All told, I've designed more than 50 unique styles of stamps so far. But this post is about the ones mentioned in the title and seen in the photos. As of this writing, I've put 13 different photos of banana leaves that I've taken on US postage stamps. Yay me!
Incidentally, you can do it, too. (So yay you!) I mean, here's nothing about me that's so special that I have this secret, hidden trick. In fact, tons of people do it! Design their own postage stamps. Like so many of the other things I'm writing about these days (as in a hefty percentage of what you find on this website, in fact,) I discovered this nifty trick through Zazzle.
A couple of things to know if you decide you want some of these OR if you want to design your very own:
- They're not cheap. I mean, when you buy custom stamps that I design or that someone else designs, or you design your own and buy them for yourself, the markup is pretty hefty. But of course it is! There's always a premium cost for a premium offering. Still, it's good to get that out of the way.
- They have to be approved. Whereas most of the other designs I create on the Zazzle system allow me to use my own judgement and interpretation of their terms, postage stamps must be manually approved by an actual person who either works for or is a trained representative of the US postal service. I mention this because not only will you need to factor in a custom design timeline when you order some, but if you design your own, it's good to add a day or a few days to the estimated timeline if you're wanting some special stamps for a special occasion.
I have a collection of hundreds of photos I've shot that feature my honey's banana leaves and banana plants in general. And I've prepared quite a lot of them for this purpose - print on demand in general, and postage stamps specifically - but for now I've created this starter collection. Funny thing is, that stamp in the image at the very top is one I've sold twice now. Long before I ever even shared the link to my Zazzle store, I sold these stamps. In fact, this sheet of stamps were sold twice within the first week of my very first sales. Which I just find so interesting and fascinating. There's just no predicting what will and will not sell. But these did. So that's pretty cool. And they were purchased by someone I don't know... on the west coast, in fact.
I'm sure there's more to tell you but those are the basics. Sometimes I take a lot of photos. Quite often those photos have featured these gorgeous green leaves. And occasionally, I put them on items that are meant to be printed on merchandise. Including stamps. Feel free to get some anytime you like!