Why would you soak your stamps?
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1. Why would you soak your stamps?
If the stamp was on an envelope and you wanted the stamp on its own, you would soak the stamp in a bowl of water to remove the paper.
Also sometimes when you buy stamps they can come ‘on paper’. This means they are on the envelope but you don’t get the full envelope, you will get just a part of the envelope where the stamp was stuck.
How to soak the stamps:
- Use a shallow bowl and fill to about 2cm with water.
- Place the stamps floating in the water, face up.
- Leave for about 20-30 minutes. Some stamps will easily come of the paper in a few minutes, some may take longer.
- Carefully take the wet stamps out of the water. The paper will probably fall away. If there are any with the paper still attached, gently peel the paper off. If it doesn’t come off easily, leave soaking for longer.
- Place the wet stamps on a white paper towel, face down and leave to dry.
Next page you can watch a soaking stamps video by @ExploringStamps