What is the difference between Wood & Self-Inking Stamps? Which should I Use?
Wood Stamps :
These are great for crafting & DIY projects becasue of their versatility. They require a separate ink pad and so can be used with many different colors and ink types. They are great for use with embossing powders also.
- They are the most beautiful stamp choice and look great sitting on a desk!
- They are engraved with eco-friendly rubber and are mounted on Maple wood. The design is also engraved on the top of the wood.
- There is an option to add a black handle.
- These stamps require an additional ink pad. (The ink is NOT included)
- They can be used with all types of inks and embossing powders
- They can be used on virtually any surface!
- They can be created in almost any size up to 8 inches wide!
Self-inking Stamps :
These stamps are the fast and precise option. The black ink is built into the stamp. These are great to use on standard paper and envelopes. They also make that great "ka-dunk" sound!
- These stamps are typically used for speed.
- They do NOT require any additional ink pads – the ink is built right in to the unit.
- They last for approx 10,000 impressions. After this, replacement ink cartridges can be purchased.
- The largest size available for self-inking stamps is 3x1.5 inches.
What’s the smallest and largest size stamp you can make?
- Rubber Stamp: 0.5x0.5 inches – 8x4 inches
- Self-Inking Stamp: 0.5x0.5 inches - 3x1.5 inches
Do the stamps come with ink pads?
No. Ink pads must be purchased separately. They can be purchased here; https://thestamppress.com/collections/ink-pads
Which Ink should I choose?
Oh boy! This is a HUGE question! We have so many options for you to choose from :)
Wonderful all rounder: beautiful on
- Pigment based
It’s all in the detail folks!
The overachiever! The ink pad sent from the craft gods.
* Embossing Powder
How do I clean my rubber stamp?
Cleaning your stamps is important to ensuring a long stamp life. Whilst they do not need to be cleaned after every use, ink can build up over time so it is a good idea to clean them regularly. Stamps can be cleaned using any of the following methods;
Pigment | Archival Inks : Versacolor, Versafine
- With water: Simply wet a cloth, a soft brush... or even your finger and wipe/ gently scrub the rubber part of the stamp. A small drop of dish soap may be required to remove any stubborn ink build up. Be careful not to wet the foam / mount too much as the adhesive may weaken over time. Note: Staining may occur on wood mounts.
- With a baby wipe: This is by far the easiest (or should I say laziest option!). Just take a wipe, scrunch it up a little and rub it across the rubber. Our preference is always to use natural water based wipes, but standard baby wipes work great too.
- If you want to get your stamps squeaky clean, you can use a stamp cleaner such as the StazOn All-Purpose Stamp Cleaner. This can be purchased in a spray bottle form from our shop.
Solvent | Alcohol based stamps : StazOn
- Stamps that have been used with a solvent based ink pad such as StazOn must be cleaned immediately after use with StazOn All-Purpose Stamp Cleaner. This can be purchased in a spray bottle form from our shop.
How do I ink my rubber stamp?
The best way to ink up a stamp is to lightly tap the stamp onto the ink pad several times - rather than pressing deeply into the pad just once. Several, light, gentle taps work best everytime!
We recommend the following method;
- Start by lightly tapping the ink pad several times with the stamp.
- Turn the stamp over to check if the ink is evenly distributed and add more ink if required.
- Do a test stamp! Grab a scrap of paper and test the first impression. Press the stamp gently and evenly onto the page. Excess force is not required and can actually cause the ridges/walls of the engraved rubber to collapse over time.
- Re-ink the stamp by tapping the ink pad again. (The first stamped impression can often be dry so I like to ensure the stamp is well inked after the test.)
- Start stamping! You should find that you only need to tap the ink pad once or twice between stamping. I like to call this ‘tap-and-go’!
How do I ink an over-sized stamp?
Great question! I’m so excited to share The Stamp Press’ SECRET tip with you! It’s oh so simple! All you gotta do is to reverse the process…
- Flip the stamp upside down so that you are looking at the rubber
- Then take the ink pad and dab the ink pad onto the stamp until the ink is evenly spread across the stamp.
Super simple! :)
(I always recommend doing a test print first on a spare piece of paper. The first impression can often be a little dry).
Will the self-inking stamp need to be refilled? Where can I buy these refills?
The self-inking stamps last for approx 10,000 impressions. After this, replacement ink cartridges can be purchased. We used Trodat self-inking stamps and the refills can be purchased through my shop or through many other online sources such as Amazon.
How should I store my rubber stamps?
Stamps should be stored in a dry, dust free place, out of direct sunlight if possible. The stamps should be properly cleaned before being stored to prolong their life.
Help! My stamp is creating an uneven/patchy impression!
There are two reasons that might cause this…
1. The Ink Coverage:
Has the stamp been evenly covered with ink? Turn the stamp over to check ink coverage before stamping.
2. The Surface:
The most common reason for an uneven stamped impression is an uneven surface.
We recommend the following guidelines to create even, clean impressions:
- It is most important to stamp on a clean, dry, flat, hard surface (ex. table or desk). This will ensure a clearer and even impression.
- Separate the item (ex. note card, sticker, envelope, tag) from the stack before stamping. For best impression, stamp a single layer at a time.
- For envelopes, it is best to stamp them before you stuff them.
- Keep the stamp steady. Do not rock the stamp, as this may result in an uneven impression or unwanted marks.
- Remember that stamping on textured paper is possible, but it may not result in a perfectly even impression.
- Remember to test out your stamp on some scrap paper first so you know how much pressure to use and if your chosen ink is suitable.
Can I stamp on fabric? (incl. muslin & cotton bags)
This is SUCH a popular question! YES…. You really can use our stamps to stamp on fabric! (Happy dance!)
Rubber stamps are wonderful at stamping on fabric… you just need to make sure you have the right type of ink. ENTER… VersaCraft…. (“AAWWWHHH”…. Angels are singing). This wonder ink pad is the BEST on the market. What can’t it do??!
- It maintains the natural soft hand of your fabric
- It can be heat-set with an iron so that it is permanent on natural fabrics
- Most importantly.. it is available in LOADS of color choices!
Win. Win. Win!
It’s also good to note that when stamping on fabric some minor ‘bleeding’ of the ink may occur depending on the fabric used. With this in mind, it’s always best to avoid overly intricate designs when stamping on fabric.
Can I stamp on wood?
Yes you can absolutely stamp on wood! For best results when stamping on wood, please firstly ensure that the piece of wood you intend to stamp is completely flat. Any changes in the level or the texture may result in an uneven stamped impression.
The next thing you need to consider is the ink that is used. We recommend VersaCraft ink. It is specifically made for stamping on wood, it’s available in a large array of color choices… and we think it’s the absolute bomb!!!
(Self-inking stamps are not recommended for stamping on wood)
Can I use my stamp to stamp on clay?
Such a fun question! Yes.. yes you can!
Can I Use this Stamp on Food?
While the stamps would certainly make beautiful impressions onto all sorts of yummy edible goods, unfortunately we do not recommend using our stamps for this purpose as they are not created in a food safe environment.