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We're On The Move!

The Great American Stamp Store is going “Off Road,” that is, off the Post Road.

For over 21 years the Great American Stamp Store has been located at 1015 Post Road East, Westport. This location with its easy access to I95 allowed our business to grow and attract customers, interest in creativity and the Paper Arts, for all over the country.

Now, we have made the decision to move off the Post Road to 8 Church Street South, Westport so we can continue to grow and provide exciting products and classes.  We will be just around the corner from the former location.  Our driveway is conveniently located directly across from the Barnes & Noble Shopping center's Church Street exit.

We love this business and have met so many customers who have become friends, feel like family, and share our passion for paper arts.  Every day we hear “Thank You” for just being here and we are confident customers will follow us.

We will be open for business at the new location June 1 with lots of exciting new products and classes.  Follow us on facebook for daily updates or visit our website for the class schedule.

Tantalizing Techniques Assemblage Class with Marjie Kemper

Saturday, October 26, 2013 

(10am-5pm with break for lunch)  $85

Marjie returns in October with this beautiful home decor piece.  Work with Ranger’s Distress Inks, Distress Markers, Distress Stains, Perfect Pearls, Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE), and more.  You’ll learn fabulous techniques on ink blending, stenciling, embossing, and creating faux suede.  Work with stamps and dies shown or bring your own to customize the project.

All products you need to bring are available for purchase at the store.  If you need them, call to reserve.

Students bring:

Project Base:  Printer’s Tray

Tools:  Nonstick Craft Mat, Heat Tool, Paper Trimmer, Scissors, Ink Blending Tools with foam applicators, Brayer, Hole Piercer, Brads, Eyelets and Eyelet Setting Tools, Apron, Baby Wipes. Makeup Wedges, 2 small clamps to hold pieces while drying.

Paper:  1 sheet black card stock and 2-3 sheets 8.5 X 11” Ranger Manila Card Stock 

Colorants:  Distress Markers (4 or more colors of choice), Distress Inks (Black Soot, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen + several other colors of choice) and Archival Inks (Jet Black and a 2-3 other colors of choice)

Paint Brush/Water Brush – one fine tip 

Adhesives:  Gel Medium or Matte Medium, Redline tape (3/8” or wider roll plus 1-2 full 8X10 sheets),
Foam tape or pop dots - (black 3D Foam Squares by Scrapbook Adhesive are great)

Letters:   Idea-ology Ransom Alpha Parts or other bold black dimensional letters and Idea-ology Label Letters or other small B&W letters such as from a Dymo labeler

Metal Embellishments as desired: (Marjie used Idea-ology photo corners, clock, compass, gears, spinners, trinket pin, brads, and drawer pull but any embellishments will be fine)

Other:  Stamps, stencils, and photos if you want to customize your project
Misc:  Black string or waxed linen

* Bringing Ranger Manila ATCs too will eliminate some cutting

Instructor provides:

Handout:  Instructions so you won’t have to take notes

Tools:  Die Cutting machine, dies, and embossing folders, foam brushes

Paper: Idea-ology Tissue Wrap, Ranger Foil Tape, watercolor paper, grunge paper, patterned paper, corrugated cardboard

Wet Mediums:  White Gesso, Black Gesso, Liquitex Gloss Super Heavy Gel, Ranger Ink Refresher, Glossy Accents

Colorants:  Ranger Distress Stains, Perfect Pearls, Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE), Scribbles (similar to Black Enamel Accents)

Stamps and Stencils for shared use.

Ranger Manila card stock- 1 piece (or 4 manila tags)
Distress Paints - at least 4 different colors (sample uses Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door and Salty Ocean)
Distress Stains - at least 3 different colors (sample uses Fired Brick, Dusty Concord, and Broken China)
Archival Inks - Jet Black and other colors (if using sample colors above, bring complementary colors)
Ink Blending Tool plus foam applicators
Matte Medium (wet adhesive, dries clear)
Hot Glue gun
Embellishments (sample uses Idea-ology Compass Coins, Spinners, Metal Corners, and Brads)
2-3 toothpicks & makeup wedges

Optional supplies:
Apron, Baby Wipes
Paper Towels. Gloves
* Please bring your own stamps and stencils if you have them to cut down on waiting time

Between e-mails you can  follow The Great American Stamp Store activities on Twitter!  You will find me as jrgass.


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Support Our Troops

Our troops need cards to send home for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations,  miss you.  At the Great American Stamp Store we will be collecting handmade cards for the group, Operation Support Our Troops. They are responsible for distribution of the cards overseas.  Please design your cards, but leave the inside blank and add an  envelope. You may send a note with your name and address if you wish.  Bring in 15 handmade cards and we will give you 15% off your purchase that day

E-Mail Group

Did you know we have a Great American Stamp Store E-Mail group?  Members receive notification when new products arrive, classes are added, etc.  To join, just fill out a form at the store or send your E-Mail address to  To make certain  our messages are not blocked as "spam", add our e-mail address or domain name to your "favorites"

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