We want to buy a bunch of postcards for Valentine’s Day just to be able to use these cute and clever postcard stamps from illustrator Janne Harju. Alas, we don’t live in Finland, so it’s not going to happen.
The Finnish Post will release the first new stamps of 2011 which will include a miniature sheet of five Valentine’s day postage stamps named “Ystävyyden oksalla” (Branches of friendship). So why the friendship stamps on the day of couple love? Valentine’s day in Finland is called “Day of Friends”, it’s not only about love, but also friendship.
The shape of the stamps are unconventional, free form, following the outer edge of trees and birds and is printed in Hexachrome colors which allow the colors to really pop.
Not only did Harju design the stamps but also the First Day Covers and postal cancellation (an envelope whereupon postage stamps have been cancelled on their first day of issue) seen below.
For those of you who want to opt-out and buck the system here are some anti-Valentine’s Day cards you could send.