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Stamp No. 044Brandy Bingham

We first met Brandy on Instagram when she posted some great stamps she made using our Blank Lick & Stick stock.

Her work is equal parts fun and spooky, often inspired by retro Halloween decor and bad puns. Naturally we quickly invited her to make an artist series stamp with us! Brandy lives near Boston, Massachusetts with her husband and cats, illustrating and designing.


Have you designed a stamp before?

Sort of – I did make some things with your stamp blanks before. I also created a stamp-like sticker sheet earlier this year.


How was this different?

This felt like a much more special opportunity, so I had to make it stand out with the unique colors and shapes!


What was the most interesting or fun aspect of designing a poster stamp? What unique challenges did it present?

I wanted to design something that looked good as a poster, but also something that would be fun to actually take apart and use the stamps. I created the angular layout before the artwork that goes inside the shapes, and that was more difficult than I expected. But I love how it turned out in the end.


Tell us about the art. Did you create something new for this stamp?

This is new art, yes, but based on those other stamps I mentioned that were painted on your blanks. I tend to get really caught up in details, which is easy to do with digital art especially, when you can keep undoing and redoing the same line over and over. But for the blanks I used paint markers, so I didn’t have that luxury, and I loved the simplicity. I tried to capture that here even though it was made digitally.


Anything else?

Nope, just happy to be here!


Check out Brandy’s drawing process for this stamp in her Instagram reel.

And one of these stamps even got tattooed on Brandy’s friend, which you can watch here.


The Artist Series

An ongoing collaboration with invited designers, artists, and writers who create original work for an unusual form: the poster stamp. The stamps are printed on lickable, gummed paper and pinhole perforated by hand on our vintage machines. The sheets are signed and numbered by the artist, and released in editions of 100. Suitable for framing. View full series.

Upcoming releases include Ka’ila Farrell Smith, Bwana Spoons, and Lesley Barnes.