At Bespoke Laser UK we’ve had experience of rubber stamp making for two years, in that time we’ve learnt a lot and so we thought we would share with you our top five tips for getting the most from your rubber stamp.
So you might be thinking, ‘Laura, it’s a stamp I know exactly how to press it in an ink pad and apply it to my paper’.. well dear reader we used to think that too, but to achieve consistent results we found little tricks along the way to improve the performance.
Hold the stamp facing up in one hand and press your ink pad on to the stamp itself, as opposed to pushing the stamp in to the ink pad. You’ll have complete control over the amount of ink that’s applied, where it’s applied and this will mean you have an even result when stamped.
Check the area that you’re stamping on is completely flat, won’t move as you place the stamp and can push back on the stamp itself. If you’re just stamping card stock this may not be an issue for you – just make sure you’ve had a clear (no little bits underneath) hard area such as a cutting mat so that when you apply pressure the card doesn’t sink in to whatever you had down.
However, not everyone uses stamps to apply on to a flat hard surface, printing paper bags with stamps is really popular for the craft fayre/market boom that is happening right now. With paper bags generally there is a gusset where the two sides fold in to the centre to make the bag flat. That leaves us with an uneven surface to stamp.. cut a piece of card to size and fit it in each bag to prepare it for stamping… it works wonders!
Large stamps can be difficult to ink – if you’re only stamping once or twice I wouldn’t go to the expense of a large ink pad as I would still use the method in #1. However, if you plan on repeatedly stamping paper bags for example you may want to check out either a large ink pad or getting a roller (the type used in screen printing) to apply ink from a tray. This will be a much quicker way to apply the ink in an even application without the ink drying on the stamp.
Use an ink fit for purpose. There are a whole bunch of different types of ink pads on the market and until you start looking at them all I wouldn’t blame you for thinking they were all the same!
Pigment inks are far more permanent than dye based inks and will usually need a stronger cleaning method to clean your stamp when you’ve finished with it.
Dye based inks (water based) are best for porous materials such as cardstock and paper – make sure they aren’t coated/laminated though as the ink will not dry.
Pigment inks take longer to dry and give a more vibrant affect, metallics are usually pigment inks. They won’t 100% dry on non-porous materials but will do a much better job than dye based.
There are far more ink pad types available on the market for different materials (fabric etc.) but the above are the main two that you’ll come across in standard craft supply stores.
**One thing I would always look for in an ink pad is that the pad itself is raised from the container it sits in – this makes using tip #1 possible.
#5 Clean your stamp. That may seem obvious but it’s so easy to just put the stamp down and carry on with your busy day. Looking after your stamp will mean that it lasts many more years. We use a trodat rubber to create all of our stamps which is the highest quality rubber but it doesn’t hurt to make sure you wash it after use.
We like to use a small scrubbing brush and water but you can buy fit for purpose stamp cleaners to make your job a little quicker.
If you’d like more information on purchasing a custom rubber stamp please contact us:
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we’re happy to help with any queries you may have.
For pricing and further information take a look at our stamp guide here.