Self-inking stamps can cater a lot of your stamping needs.

They are cheap, versatile and easy to use and carry around. May it is business/office, personal or creative uses, self-inking stamps can always come in handy. But, self-inking stamps, like all other things, need care and love, too. You need to take care of your stamps so they can last and to do their job correctly as long as you want them to.

Self-inking stamps are stamps that have ink pads within so a separate ink pad is not needed. It is efficient and light-weight. If you are looking for crisp and clear labels and refillable features, self-inking stamps are the perfect items for you. It’s a practical innovation, but still meets the requirements of a trust-worthy stamping buddy. Common self-inking stamps only come in basic colours (black/blue), but some manufacturers offer different colours of ink, depending on your preferences.

About Self-Inking Stamps

Colop red Self inking stamps

There are three major parts in self-inking stamps: the actual stamp, the ink pad and the stamp frame that holds the parts together. These kinds of stamps are usually of plastic material, usually a couple of inches in height and two or three inches wide. The text in the stamp can be seen labelled at the top of the stamp, indicating its contents and position of use.

When using self-inking stamps, there is a specific motion that must be done to complete the stamping process. A slight pressure applied to the stamp pushes the handle, inking the rubber stamp inside and transferring the image/writings on the stamp onto the paper.

Rubber self-inking stamps are recyclable. When you need to change the data in the stamp, it will only require a new rubber die. Self-inking stamps are durable and you can use them hundreds or even thousands of time before the ink runs out. Signatures, addresses, contact information and much other information, can be put in the stamp to create the impression you need.

Self-inking Stamp Tips

Re-inking the pads:

Self-inking stamps are mostly refillable, and there will be a time when you need to refill it because the images/letters might not be clear and crisp anymore. Follow these steps to easily re-ink your ink pads:

  1. Before replacing the ink pads, make sure the area where you are going to change your pads, is protected. You can lay a parchment paper or old/used papers to protect your tabletop from stains.

Yellow Piece of Cloth for Rubber Stamps

2. Hold the stamp and push the two buttons at the side of the stamp until you hear a soft click. And pull the edge of the stamping pad to remove it from the stamp case.

3. Put the pad, ink-side-up, on the table. Remember to use to proper ink for your self-inking stamps (mostly according to its model), to avoid doing damages to your stamp.

4. Re-ink the pad with 3-5 drops of ink. Then, allow the ink to absorb into the pad before putting the pad back to the stamp.

Black Piece of Stamp Pad for rubber stamps

5. Put back the stamp pad to the stamp, ink-side down. You can continue stamping with ease.

Replacing ink pads:

Though most self-inking pads are refillable, time will come that you might need to replace your ink pads. Here are the easy steps to follow:

    1. Make sure to secure your working surface from any possible stains that are caused by changing your ink pads. You can use parchment paper or used/recycled papers to protect the surface
    2. Push the stamp with a little pressure until you hear a clicking sound. This indicates that the stamp is open and you can now pull the ink pads out.
    3. Remove the ink pads from the stamp and place it on the table ink-side up.
    4. Replace it with a newer ink pad and insert it into the stamp.
    5. Press lightly on to paper and achieve a newer and clearer image from your stamp.

Other self-inking stamps care tips to follow:

Again, your stamps, like all other things, need love, too. Here are a few other tips to remember in taking care of your stamps:

    1. Do not mix inks with different ink formulas. Each stamp comes with a designated ink, compatible for its model and type. Using inks not suited for your stamp might damage it and your stamped documents, too. We don’t want that happening, do we?thrree mini glass bottles of ink for rubber stamps
      1. Only refill your ink pads with the same colour of ink you are already using.
      2. Do not oversaturate your ink pads. When refilling ink, gradually add ink to the pad and wait for it to absorb. If more ink is needed, add it little by little. If a pool of ink is forming, you can blot it with a paper towel and proceed to use your stamp.
      3. Do not use a stencil and quick dry inks for your stamps. These stamps are usually without cover, so quick dry inks are inappropriate.
      4. Do not slam or apply sudden and intense pressure to your stamps. It might break or damage your self-inking stamp, and you might be left with a pile of documents to sign and label.
      5. Dust and dirt might collect in your self-inking stamp over time. When this happens, blot the rubber due to a paper and with Scotch tape, press and lift it to the rubber die to remove the dust and lint. Repeat if necessary.
    2. Store your stamps in dry place. It is also advisable to keep it in a ziplock if not in use, to avoid the ink from drying up.

Colorized Ziplock with zigzag lines


Self-inking stamps are gaining popularity in different industries due to its versatility and user-friendliness. It is customisable, light-weight and relatively cost-friendly. You can decide what information to put, what font to appear and what size you need. You can opt for this type of stamps to save time, space and effort in writing necessary information for your documents. Not only are these stamps used in the office. It can be used creatively to stamp logos for products and cards for all occasions. Keep in mind that you need to take care of your stamps to extend their life and continue to be at your service.

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