Love Is in the Air with Handmade Valentines

The United States Postal Service dedicated Tuesday the Cut Paper Heart Forever Stamp, this year’s limited-edition Love stamp.

Postal customers can beat the Valentine’s Day rush as the stamps go on sale at Post Offices nationwide, online at usps.com/stamps and at the Postal Store on eBay at ebay.com/stamps.

“This year’s Love stamp is a reminder that the most heartfelt messages for Valentine’s Day are personalized and sent by mail, not text,” said Richard Uluski, area vice president, Northeast Area.

Joining Uluski to dedicate the Cut Paper Heart Forever Stamp was actress Bella Thorne, who participated in a valentine crafting workshop.

In addition to the stamp dedication ceremony, the Postal Service hosted a workshop to create handmade valentines. The Cut Paper Heart stamp takes its inspiration from the folk traditions of papercutting.

The digital illustration depicts a large white heart enclosing a smaller pink heart with a saw-toothed edge along its left-hand side.

Surrounding the central hearts are pink swirls with smaller hearts embedded in the design, and a ragged-edge motif that echoes the edging on the small pink heart.

The hearts and swirls are contained within a red square that has “pinked” edges, as if cut with pinking shears. A white border frames the entire design. Art director Antonio Alcala designed the stamp, which features an illustration by Q. Cassetti.

Photo courtesy: United States Postal Service

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