Stamp Announcement 16-20: Colorful Celebrations Stamps

Stamp Announcement 16-20: Colorful Celebrations Stamps

On June 3, 2016, in New York, NY, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Colorful Celebrations stamps (Forever® priced at 47 cents) in 10 designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) double-sided booklet of 20 stamps (Item 681000).

The stamps will go on sale nationwide June 3, 2016.

Celebrate any festive occasion with Colorful Celebrations, a new stamp issuance from the U.S. Postal Service. This booklet of 20 First-Class Mail® Forever stamps includes 10 digitally created designs with eye-popping patterns that showcase geometric shapes, flowers, and birds. The stamp designs come in one of four colors: blue, orange, purple, and fuchsia. Papel picado, an intricate art form that was developed in Mexico, inspired artist Atzin Gaytan’s digitally made stamp art. The Spanish term papel picado translates to “pierced paper.” Sally Andersen-Bruce designed the stamps. Derry Noyes served as the project’s art director.

Initial Supply to Post Offices: Item 681000, $9.40, Colorful Celebrations (Forever priced at 47 cents) Double-sided Booklet of 20 stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™. Post Offices may begin ordering stamps prior to the FDOI through SFS Web.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store® website at http:⁄⁄⁄shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Colorful Celebrations Stamps
Special Events Coordinator
380 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10199-9998

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service™ will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by August 3, 2016.

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at http:⁄⁄⁄shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are six philatelic products for this stamp issue:

n 681006, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $75.20
(print quantity 3,000).

n 681010*, Keepsake, $11.95.

n 681016*, First-Day Cover (set of 10), $9.10.

n 681021*, Digital Color Postmark (set of 10), $16.20.

n 681024*, Framed Art, $39.95.

n 681030*, Ceremony Program (random single), $6.95.

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.



Colorful Celebrations Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Double-sided Booklet of 20
(10 designs)



Issue Date & City:

June 3, 2016, New York,
NY 10199

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Sally Andersen-Bruce, New Milford, CT


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Atzin Gaytan, New Milford, CT


Sandra Lane⁄Michelle Finn

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


Banknote Corporation of America

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta 74

Stamps per Booklet:


Print Quantity:

100 million stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.05 x 0.77 in.⁄26.67 x 19.56 mm

Stamp Size (w x h):

1.19 x 0.91 in.⁄30.22 x 23.11 mm

Booklet Size (w x h):

2.38 x 5.74 in.⁄60.33 x 145.88 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

9.5 x 11.49 in.⁄ 241.3 x 291.74 mm


Black, PMS Orange, Fuchsia, Blue, Purple

Plate Size:

800 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“B” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:

• Plate numbers in peel strip area
• © 2016 • USPS in peel strip area