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.
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Cheap stamps are commonly used in offices or paperworks. For instance, in documents like official invoices, business contracts, signing of purchase orders, rental agreements, and etc. But, did you know that you can use them in wedding decorations and preparations too? Read on and find out how.
Using Stamps in Wedding Preparations
If you’re looking for cost-efficient and innovative decors for wedding receptions, use your self-inking stamps. Save money on wedding decorations by making them yourself. Plus! You won’t have to worry about splurging anymore, because Do-It-Yourself decorations cost less than store bought ones. Take time and use your rubber stamps on your decorations. Or, better yet buy cheap design it yourself stamps or make one yourself using materials you can easily get from craft stores.
Here are seven ways to use your rubber stamps in your DIY decorations. And remember to get creative. What you won’t spend on money, you’ll make up for with time – fun and engaging time. And don’t worry about how your decorations will look, because with stamps you are sure to get clean, sophisticated results. Not, like when you’re using paint brushes and paints.
12 Ways You Can Use Your Stamps
First off – invitations. You can’t have a wedding if you don’t send out invitations to family and friends. Don’t agonise about the design. This craft can be done by anyone, even you.
If you’re worried, go for something minimal. Nothing goes wrong with the basic look. Just get yourself a piece of cardstock and your trusted custom made rubber stamps. Ink the stamp thoroughly, stamp it gently straight down on the paper to see good results, let it dry, and you’re done!
You keep envelopes on your cupboard, right? Get them out of there and use them on your invitations. Begin by printing the important details on the envelope first. It gives more emphasis and priority on what significant information you have to remember, such as: who’s getting married, where it’s gonna be, and when it’s gonna happen and most importantly who are you sending it to.
The bonus of doing this is, you won’t accidentally send you aunt’s invite to a distant relative because you can immediately write their names on the invites after you stamped on them.
Whether you’re doing an outdoor wedding or a grand chapel one, you’re bound to have a reception. And screams your special day more than a tablecloth that specialised for you. It’s another great chance for you to use your stamp and customised you tablecloths
There’s no need for you to spend a fortune, just to buy patterned tablecloths, stamp on them using your custom rubber stamps. Take your fabric and make a style of your own. Design by creating a pattern, repeatedly on the same line, until you start in another line progressively. Whichever angle you prefer the stamp to be facing. Then, let it dry after you’re finished stamping.
Buntings are also a good choice for decorations. You ca drape it on the ceremonial wall or all over your reception area. Print letters on each triangle, so when you put it together, it forms a word or a phrase for the audience to see. Designs that correlates to the occasion like: rings, cake, an outline of a couple kissing, etc. Also, grain sack is a good alternative if you don’t have any cardstock available as your bunting.
Balloons, for wedding can come in a variety of styles and shapes. And depending on what you want you can go crazy stamping them. And they are frequently used in different occasions, whether it’s celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, baptisms, and or parties. So, no fuss you can play around with them. It gives highlight on the event, especially if the print is pleasing to the eye. Just blow at least ¾ air into the deflated balloon, keep the air inside and ink your approved rubber stamp thoroughly. Then press it down accurately as possible to have clean results.
Another cool thing to do with stamps is decorating chair covers with prints. You can go all out crazy with stamping on them or you can take the modest approach of decorating only the chair tie. It can give a very endearing feel to any wedding decoration, since you stamp the names of the people sitting on the seats.
Do note that, it’s preferable to use fabric and have your way in designing using your personalised stamps. Use the ink color that fits the motif of the event, of course. Minimal designs are actually good for these kind of decorations
Napkins and Tissues
If you can make DIY prints on chair covers and balloons why not on napkins and tissues right? Blend it to the motif of the wedding. Use your traditional rubber stamps that you either buy on craft stores or old ones you get at thrift shops! Let’s combine creativity and convenience together. Stamp down designs on your napkins and tissues carefully in coordinated lines. Whether you want them in the left or right angle, whichever you prefer.
People are getting more and more innovative. Eating food embossed with custom made rubber stamps using food coloring as ink is a new feat. Pressing your stamp down carefully on unbaked dough takes a good reflection of the exact form of the self-inking stamp. You can do it on cookie treats too!
Take for example, a cookie is covered in royal frosting. It’s good to press down the stamp gently, (because we don’t want the cookie to break) on the frost that’s beginning to harden to create a perfect image. Just remember to use stamps that are new and have never touched ink that’s not edible.
What’s a wedding without a cake, right? Honestly, the highlight after the bride and groom is the wedding cake! One of the things that makes a bride stressed during the organising of the event. Use the same approach that you did with your cookies on to your cake.
Transform your simple and a boring cake into one that you’ll remember. Make this event even more romantic, cover the body of the cake with portions of your vows.
Have no idea for your souvenirs? Personalise using your traditional rubber stamps on ribbons, grain sack pouches, cards, and etc.
Try using your ribbons or washi tapes in wrapping gifts! It’s a good alternative if you don’t have any wrapping papers available. Just tie the gifts with your stamped ribbons.
Stamp your rubber stamps in a straight line with one after another. Whichever angle you want to imprint the stamp several times. It’s okay if it’s repetitive, that’s the purpose, so when you tie it around, you can see the stamp design. Make sure that your stamp is inked thoroughly to avoid mistakes.
Pouches are also good gifts to give. Make it even more unique by printing stamp designs on them. Add your personal touch on your pouches. Space is limited, so you can just stamp one or two designs. Embellish the pouch with the wedding couple’s name, the date, or a short message you want to say.
Prepare your custom made rubber stamps that’s already inked thoroughly. Align the area where you want the print to be. Gently stamp down the stamp design on the pouch to avoid outlines, then let it dry.
Or if you are on a tight budget, give out wedding cards. It is a lot smaller compared to invitations. These cards are basically styled only with the name of the couple and the date of the wedding. Anything else is just left simple and sophisticated.
Use your available craft papers where you will be stamping your personalised stamps. Ready your approved rubber stamp and ink the color of your choice unto the stamp completely. Next, position the stamp on the craft paper directly. Hold the stamp in precision to avoid outline marks on the sides of the result. Then, smoothly remove the stamp to let the card dry.
Now you can enjoy your special event with your self-designed wedding decorations!
Personalised stamps are not just for authorisation purposes. You can use it in a lot more ways than you can imagine. Even on such a special occasion, make do of your custom made rubber stamps. It’s not just limited for business relations. In this case, a wedding is a special occasion that only happens once in your life, might as well make it even more special and style it yourself, right? So don’t wait and start designing your own now!
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