With your custom made rubber stamp, you want to make sure you’ll be able to create high-quality stamp impressions. Now, you won’t be able to produce clean and vivid images from your stamp if the ink and your material are not compatible with each other.
Now, how do you know if the inks are compatible with your rubber stamp, or with the material you’ll be stamping on? Here are 4 factors that will help you determine the best ink for your stamping materials.
The first thing to consider after buying traditional rubber stamps is the ink you’re going to use. Most people who are using rubber stamps for the first time prefer fast drying stamps. This is because quick drying inks do not smudge over the materials being marked. Fast drying inks and ink pads include the chalk blended inks, permanent ink, solvent-based ink, and dye-based inks.
However, just because the mentioned inks are fast drying, it doesn’t mean it’s going to dry on every material it is applied to quickly. Take the permanent inks for example. Most of the time, permanent inks dry faster than pigment ink. However, when a permanent ink is used on a non-porous material or a glossy surface, it takes at least 3 – 4 minutes for the permanent ink to dry.
If your rubber stamp is to be used in your office, you may want the fast drying inks rather than the ones that take some time to dry.
There are 2 types of documents. The documents that need to be updated from time to time, and are kept for record keeping, and those very important documents that need to last for a very long time. Legal Documents for example, when stamped on, the ink from the stamp must not fade or else the authenticity of the document might be questioned. However, inks that last long can be quite costly. And you don’t want to spend too much for the stamp ink.
Archival Inks, as well as Permanent Inks, are some of the inks can last for a long time. For temporary documents, that you’ll only be using for a short period of time, it’s better to use rubber stamp inks that do not cost that much.
Which is why, if you’re sending a file or document to your client, it’s fine to use the cheaper ink for your rubber stamp. Cheap inks don’t mean you’re choosing the first ink you see that has the least price. You want to make sure that the ink is actually of good quality. It’s for your client after all. You don’t want your client to consider you as someone very desperate. Now, if you’re stamping for legal purposes such as common seals and contracts, use the ones that last longer. These are very important files after all.
Another thing that you should consider when choosing an ink for your rubber stamp is how easy it is to clean. Stamps need to be cleaned in order for it to last long and to be able to produce clean and sharp impressions on your material. You also want to consider the design of your rubber plate. If your stamp has intricate, delicate designs and a lot of details, the ink may get in between the small gaps of your stamp’s design. These are the very inks that you may find hard to wipe off.
If the inks on your rubber stamps are not wiped or cleaned, over time, the ink will accumulate and will give the impressions on your paper unclean lines. Inks that can be blended easily such as dye inks can be cleaned off using water alone. However, pigment inks, permanent inks, as well as archival inks are pretty stubborn to remove and will undoubtedly take up time.
So if you’re using a stamp on your office, I do not encourage you to use pigment inks, permanent inks, and archival inks as it may consume a lot of time for cleaning it.
The last thing to consider when it comes to choosing an ink for your rubber stamp is the materials you’re going to pair the ink and the stamp with. Not all inks are made to fit for all kinds of materials you’re going to stamp on. Dye inks for example, are ideal to be used on papers, being able to produce vivid and crisp impressions. But when stamped over glossy and silky surfaces, it may not produce good quality impressions.
Permanent inks can be applied to a variety of materials, and that includes glass. Blended inks, on the other hand, are like permanent inks in which you can use for stamping on shrink plastics, fabrics and of course on papers as well. Pigment inks are excellent ink to be used over polymer clay. You want to make sure you use the right ink for the material you’re going to be stamping on.
We all want to our numbering stamps, address stamps, date stamps, or whatever sort of stamp you have, to give us an impression of excellent quality. Which is why you should consider the materials you’re stamping on, how easy it is to clean, the quality if the ink you’re using as well as how fast the ink can dry, so you can have the best stamping experience.