vintage stamps bento

26 04 2011

a recent trend in wedding stationary is to use a mix of vintage postage stamps for a unique and stylized look. i think this idea is really cute, but it can be cost-prohibitive (some vintage stamps cost up to 10 times their face value!).

inspired by the trend as well as cute bentos by akinoichigo and lucky sundae, and evolving the scottie dog “stamps” bento i made a few weeks ago, i made two vintage postage stamp sandwiches for tomorrow’s lunch. each stamp sits atop a sandwich of pumpernickel, vegetarian ham, cheese and mustard. the provolone stamps are topped with fish sausage roses, as well as green pea and nori accents and hand cut 12-cent demarcations.

posted in “what’s for lunch wednesday” — what are you having?


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26 04 2011
sheri

Very stylish! Did you free hand cut the numbers (and roses)?
Sweet and delicate touch you have🙂

27 04 2011
gamene

thanks sheri! i free handed the 12s (doubled up the nori so i would get two sets), and i used a few different sized circle-shaped cutters for the roses. the small nori roses were cut with a punch.

27 04 2011
Jenn

Wow! The details on the little stamps are amazing! Beautifully done!

27 04 2011
gamene

thanks so much jenn! these were pretty easy to put together actually😀

27 04 2011
Karina

That is totally amazing, and just perfect in the long box. I love how you are inspired by so many things around you and are able to translate them into your beautiful bentos. So lovely.

27 04 2011
gamene

that is such a sweet comment karina, i feel the same way about you — whether you are photographing a bench or a pot of flowers or a cupcake, every shot you take shows your passion and creativity, and your beautiful home full of love.

27 04 2011
Lia Chen

Your cutting works are so neat and precise! The contrast between the sandwiches and the stamps and colorful foods in the middle make this bento looks so beautiful🙂

27 04 2011
gamene

thanks lia! i wanted to keep the middle bright and cheerful since the stamps are a bit pastel. glad you like it!

27 04 2011
Bentobird/Jenn

Amazing, delicate details and wonderful concept! Love how bento can reflect really diverse inspirations, as here. Something about the perfectly cut numbers really appeals to me. Delightful flavors, too. Enjoy!

27 04 2011
gamene

thanks jenn! agree, fun to incorporate inspiration from different aspects of our lives… something you do so well!

27 04 2011
bobo

wow.. what an elegant and classy bento.. i admire your delicate cut out on the stamp details.. I still havent master it yet with my wobbling hands..haha..

thanks for sharing the trend of vintage stamps.. very interesting..

27 04 2011
gamene

thanks bobo! cutting on these was easy, used some cutters and a punch as well. the only free hand was the numbers, but you could easily leave that out!

27 04 2011
Cooking Gallery

I love looking at all your bento photos, Megan. They all look somehow artistic and elegant. I love the contrast of the dark pumpernickel and the white cheese.

27 04 2011
gamene

thanks CG, your compliment to my photography means a lot. honestly sometimes i spend more time fussing over the photo than i do making the bento, and it can be frustrating!

27 04 2011
tatabonita

Wooowww, this is lovely Megan! I missed many of your kawaii bento creations. I adore your bentos day by day, the improvement is massive pal😀

27 04 2011
gamene

thanks ta, so nice to hear your positive feedback! i think i have improved since i first started in september 2009 as well — so nice to be part of a community where ideas are shared and help you grow😀

27 04 2011
Ohayo Bento

This is fantastic! Did I just read that you free handed the “12”‘s?!?! Wow!!

27 04 2011
gamene

thanks heather! i used a pair of scissors from the dollar store😛

27 04 2011
karaimame

Oh gosh! Very skillful to handcut the numbers! I am in awe… such patience..
Super cute sandwich bento ^_^, send one to Finland will ya?

27 04 2011
gamene

thanks lilian! i have little cheap manicure scissors that help with small cuts. one stamp bento coming up — how much do you think postage to helsinki would be?😉

27 04 2011
Chantale

I LOVE this!! Your cutting skills are outrageous! I so want to try this one!

28 04 2011
gamene

thanks so much chantale! the 12s were so tiny that they weren’t really hard to do at all — and everything else was cut with a punch or a cutter. this is totally doable, especially for a woman who makes gorgeous lampshades and kids’ dresses😉

27 04 2011
Sonoma Bento

Really lovely! I remember seeing stamps on lucky sundae’s blog, what a great idea. You have executed it so well here. The pumpernickel is a great background for the stamps.🙂 Now the post office needs to make bento stamps!

28 04 2011
gamene

thanks michele! maki has the best ideas, it’s always fun to try to put my own spin on them. i would LOVE if usps made bento stamps — i would buy a ton of them😀

27 04 2011
oen_priyanto

i love it. you are so craetive gamene… you’re always inspiring me to make bento for my hubby.

28 04 2011
gamene

thanks oen, what a sweet thing to say. i bet he loves your bento!

6 05 2011
Susan Yuen

Gorgeous bento! It looks like beautiful art- you are so creative.🙂

7 08 2011
Até

Your bentos look beautiful and absolutely delectable… ^_^ I look forward to each new post now xD

25 01 2012
Saffron and Coriander

I love your bentos. Could you tell me the name of that long bento box? Is it the Nagabako box or is it a smaller version?

25 01 2012
gamene

hi saffron and coriander (what a wonderful and evocative combination!) — yes, i have 2 nagabako boxes, in yellow and white (one is pictured a couple of posts back, the bento with little hanpen horses). i love the slim shape!

21 04 2012
midorishop8

Hi, such a wonderful and very inspirational idea!
We upload your images in our facebook page for inspirations to all bentoers who visit our page🙂. we provide a link back to here…please kindly visit and like our FB page too ^^
http://www.facebook.com/midorishop8
Thank You very much😀

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