5 Steps In Creating Layered Effects With Customised Rubber Stamps

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Layering is an effect that adds an element of depth to your design. When layering is mentioned, people think of confectioneries, scrapbooks and the like but did you know that you can easily achieve that effect with ink and customised rubber stamps? Here’s how you can achieve it in 5 steps:

    1. DesignTake a look at your customised rubber design– do you have an idea of how you want the layered effect to be applied? Do you want a specific section to be layered while the others are not? What are you using this layered effect for? Your name card design? On a document? Identify the basics of what you want and after you have that in mind, prepare the materials.
    2. Preparation

      What you would need to create the layered effect would be your customised rubber stamp, card stock material or whichever material you are using it on, an ink pad, water, and a spray bottle. You should be able to get the material at ease, though if you are up for some experimentation, you may want to consider investing in some ink refills as well.

    3. Technique

      This technique may require some trial and error if this is the first time you are trying this out. You can achieve the layered effect from spraying certain sections of your customised rubber stamp with water right before you stamp the image. Take care not to spray too much water, you only need enough to dilute the ink until it’s slightly translucent and runny. This is what creates the illusion of depth in your final product.

    4. Finishing touches

      Let the material dry first before continuing- stamp your rubber stamp image as usual, with ink this time so that the impression is strong and crisp. By repeatedly using this procedure, you will be able to recreate a layered effect. It may take some time to grasp just how much water you need to use so a safe recommendation would be to practice on paper first.

    5. Clean Up

      Once you are satisfied, make sure to wash your customised rubber stamp and wipe it dry. Make sure no moisture clings to the rubber portion when you store it away as you want to leave the rubber section in a good condition for more impression making.

      With these procedures, you will be able to create the layered effect that is so highly desired using customised rubber stamps alone. The process may be a challenging one and requires patience, but once you are able to get a hold of it, the things you can create are plentiful!

Customise Rubber Stamps With These 5 Materials

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When it comes to rubber stamp customisation, there are endless possibilities. Asides from the actual rubber stamp design itself, you can actually customise it with certain additional material to fully make it your own. Here are 5 materials you can use to customise rubber stamps with:

  1. Ink

Apart from the standard ink, you can customise your rubber stamps with different ink types like specialty ink. You can also select different hues and colours for the ink you use as well. It not only makes a bold statement for you, it also helps clients retain memory of your business in their memory more- like how many corporations are daring enough to use teal ink for their customised rubber stamps?

  1. Mount

There is generally no fit rule as to what you can use to mount your rubber stamps. As long as it can give an even distribution of ink to your stamped image and fit into your pocket, you can use it as a mount for your customised rubber stamp. Some corporations have been used to design even the mount itself! For example, the mount of your customised rubber stamp could look like a tower if you are in the architectural business.

  1. Shape

The overall shape of your rubber stamp can be customised as well. The production of your customised rubber stamp may cost more if you wish to alter it’s shape but if you are willing to invest in it, you can basically alter the shape of your rubber stamp to fit. For example, a star shaped stamp head and other assorted shapes. As long as the shapes retain enough space for your design, you should be able to customise it at a higher price and a slightly longer waiting time.

  1. Frame

The frame of your rubber stamp can also be customised. For example, some individuals are known to prefer customised rubber stamps that can fulfill more than one need. Like becoming a makeshift bookmark- travel friendly and functional, retaining it’s original purpose while tending to another as well. It could certainly serve as an interesting conversation starter.

  1. Additions

You can also add in certain additions to your customised rubber stamp to make it even more unique. For example, you can form a small casing at the end and attach it like a keychain. Or even make the body of your rubber stamp magnetic and other additional aspects. A subtle, professional way of showcasing your own creativity!

5 Reasons To Try Out Digital Stamps

When you’re working under a tight budget but still would like to try your hand out at some crafting- then digital stamps are just the right kind of stamps for you.

Digital stamps are digital images that you can print- these stamps are mostly sold by rubber stamp or stamp provision stores as digital designs that you can download, often at inexpensive sums of money. You can also try using free digital stamps as well to make an assortment of crafts like cards and the like. They can be coloured with pens, inks and paint or more!

As free digital stamps are mass produced by a lot of interested designers and aspiring artists, there are often a lot of variety to choose from. So there is no worry whatsoever when it comes to searching for the right digital stamps to match your occasion or celebration. If you possess photo editing software, you can even resize or make minor editing to best suit your project too.

While there are free digital stamps that are free to download, do make sure to check and see if the ones you want are. Often times, the designers who designed these digital stamps are willing to let you use their design as they are looking for exposure. Though if you want a customised version, you may have to commission these artists or a professional rubber stamp design shop to do so.

There’s also something known as the Angel Policy to take note of. If you are downloading these free digital stamps from a website or a company, they will more or less have terms and conditions that will tell you the limitations or rules of using these stamps. For example- if you can use these digital stamps for commercial purposes like advertisements. As a way of protecting their own interests, selling the digital stamps as your own is not allowed. Please make a point not to do that as this is copyright infringement and you can face dire consequences.

But that’s all the serious stuff for now- here’s the fun part. If you’ve never tried using digital stamps in your craft, then why not give it a try now? Combined with traditional rubber stamping for an added effect. Digital rubber stamps don’t cost much, and sometimes can come free so not only do you save costs, you also stand to gain since you can colour or shade them as you please. You can also manipulate the design more easily as well and can be used in the place as traditional rubber stamps!

5 Traits Of A Good Digital Stamp

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Digital stamps are everywhere if you know how to look. You have free versions that can be downloaded with virtually no catch, you have ones that are commissioned from designers, you have ones that are professionally created by rubber stamp making companies. But how do you know if you’re getting a good digital stamp? Here’s how:

1. Size

When you have downloaded a digital stamp, one of the first things you can check is the size and image quality. Open it up on a photo editing software, or a free online version like pixlr and test it by scaling it up or down into your required size. If it is made with a good quality, it can withstand a decent amount of scaling and still be printed or seen with no loss in image resolution.

2. Editable

Apart from the ones made by your designer, are the digital stamps you downloaded editable? Can they be scaled or reverted? Can you colour them according to how you wish? You have to factor in how and where this digital stamp can be fitted into your intended use. Does it fulfill all requirements or are you experiencing some trouble when you want to make a simple change?

3. Design

Now it’s time to look at the design itself. Are they made of clean lines or do they look messy? The more well defined your digital stamp is, the better it is for future use and editing. You don’t want something that looks messy, especially when it comes to the outline of your digital stamp since it would not be printed well.

4. Purpose

A good digital stamp needs to fulfill all your requirements, especially when you are using it for a project. Was it the outcome as pictured from your expectations? What is the purpose you are downloading this digital stamp for? If there are some aspects that fall short, let your designer know to see if they can rectify it.

5. Print

Once those criterias have been satisfactory, do a test print. Does it come out in a good quality? Does it match well with your desired effect? If your digital stamp satisfies all these aspects, then you got yourself a good digital stamp! Use it well!

Professional Rubber Stamp Manufacturing Process Simplified In 5 Steps

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We’ve all seen the rubber stamps manufactured by rubber stamp providers and also those in the market. We’ve all probably had the opportunity to use some of them too. But have you ever wondered how professional rubber stamps are made? The process of rubber stamp manufacturing is surprisingly complex.

Here’s how it’s done:

After creating a design for the rubber stamp, the design is either drawn digitally using professional editing programs like Adobe Photoshop or photographed clearly, copied and transferred to an aluminium plate. The aforementioned plate is then soaked in acid, so that it’s corroded with the design etched onto it.

Once that is complete, the manufacturer will then select a sheet of resin or plastic and place it over the plate with the design. This is transferred to a rubber stamp press where a mold will be made against the resin or plastic sheet with heat and pressure from the rubber stamp press. The manufacturer will then place in a rubber sheet so that the rubber stamp press will be able to create the final image onto the rubber.

The rubber mold is then left to cool.  After which, once the mold has been sufficiently cooled, they are usually transferred and stuck to wood mounts or other assorted material for easy stamping. The manufacturer will precisely and delicately cut out the rubber sheets to form the stamp without damaging the design of the rubber mold. Some manufacturers make use of a clicker press to cut the rest of the details since the design would be sharper and cleaner.

The process of creating a professional rubber stamp requires a lot of patience and a keen eye for detail. But once you have gotten the basics, you will be able to create crisp, functional and good quality rubber stamps in a short amount of time thanks to the advancement in technology.

Effectively Clean Your Rubber Stamps In 5 Steps

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When it comes to rubber stamps, maintenance is as important as storage! Sadly enough, not everyone has access to this information so here are ways to clean and preserve your rubber stamps in tip top condition!!

  1. Remove dust or Lint

Over time, dust or lint may gather on your unused rubber stamps. An easy way of removing said dust flecks is to make use of tape- the sticky side of the tape to be specific. For effective removal, press your stamp on the sticky end of tape, the rest of the dust will be captured by it’s adhesive layer.

  1. Remove dried or hardened ink

Let the rubber end of your rubber stamps be held under hot running water so that it can dissolve the hardened ink left on your rubber stamp. Make sure to hold it there until the water is clear- all the excess ink has been removed. Rinse your rubber stamp and shake to remove excess water droplets, then dry with a towel preferably.

  1. Remove fresh ink

Before you do this, it is important to know if you are using pigment ink or dye ink. Dye inks are prone to staining the rubber stamp so make sure your rubber stamp is cleaned immediately once you finish using, whereas pigment inks can be easily cleaned with water.

Get a bowl of warm soap water and dip only the rubber portion of your rubber stamp ink. Get either a spare cloth for cleaning or an old tooth brush- the bristles can get into crevices a lot easier than other material and lightly scrub until the ink is scrubbed clean.

  1. Delicate handling

If you think that the adhesive portion of the rubber stamp may come loose with the above way of washing, then you can opt to use wet wipes instead. Baby wipes or cleaning wipes are recommended because they do not have alcohol or aloe substances in them- which is ideal because both substances can affect the rubber of your rubber stamp. After you are done getting the ink out, please make sure to dab dry by pressing against a towel!

  1. Stubborn clots

If you have exhausted all means and there’s still ink on your rubber stamps messing up the design, you can actually visit craft dedicated stores and get yourself a stamp cleaner after making sure it’s appropriate for the kind of rubber stamp you own.

And there you have it, simple but effective steps to undertake when cleaning your rubber stamps! They should be able to keep your rubber stamps nice and clean! Remember to store your rubber stamps away after you are done!

Determine Good Eco-friendly Rubber Stamps Using 5 Traits

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Many rubber stamp manufacturers have begun creating eco-friendly rubber stamps as part of their product line due to the warm reception of the public towards them. With more and more corporations producing rubber stamps claimed to be “eco-friendly”, how do you discern whether they are truly as good as they were stated?

Here’s 5 traits a good eco-friendly rubber stamp should own:

  1. Requirements

The first basic criteria a good eco-friendly rubber stamp has to meet are the requirements set by environmental protection agencies. Check with your local rubber stamp manufacturer whether the rubber stamps meet the requirement of the EPA or GSA standards. You can go beyond that and specifically ask them if they are ISO 14001 certified- which is a system standard that is internationally recognised by most environmental management.

  1. Manufacturing

The manufacturers should be able to explain and simplify manufacturing processes to you. Eco-friendly rubber stamps should be made with FSC certified components, meaning to say that they are not harmful for the natural environment. Some companies even go beyond that making use of chemistry free imaging so as to protect the health and safety of their workers and users.

  1. Material

Eco-friendly rubber stamps should be made with at least 60%-80% recycled material, so as to reduce the waste of having to produce rubber stamps from original material. Some corporations even make their rubber stamps from material like lignin, which is a type of material that can be considered as natural waste and biodegradable.

  1. Ink

There is a difference in the inks between an eco-friendly rubber stamp and a regular rubber stamp. Eco-friendly rubber stamps usually come in water based inks, which are a healthier alternative compared to their oil based counterparts- no more headaches from ink fumes!

  1. AftercareMost eco-friendly rubber stamps have a longer shelf life than the regular rubber stamps, and can be refilled once they run out of ink. The stamps should also be able to be recycled instead of thrown away once you have no use for them anymore. Or even biodegradable according to the product lines of certain corporations.

With these 5 factors in mind, it would be easy to find the best out of all eco-friendly rubber stamps there are. You can now use your selected eco-friendly rubber stamps with a peace of mind, safe in knowing that there are no harmful or questionable components to it!

Creating Your Own Artwork Rubber Stamps In 5 Steps

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If you are the type of person who enjoys crafting your own individual designs for gifts and other artistic ventures, then making your very own artwork rubber stamps should be right up your alley! Unlike professional rubber stamps, artwork rubber stamps leave more space for artistic expression.

Here’s how you can make your own in 5 steps:

  1. Design

Draw out your design on a piece of paper with sharp clear dark lines and cut it out as closely as possible. Once you have gotten your “template”, place it onto the carving rubber and do your best to transfer the markings you have made on the paper to the carving rubber. Keep pressing and transferring the markings as best as you are able. This is so you will know where to carve for later stages.

  1. Test practice

Once you have gotten your basic design out, it’s time to practise carving! Some pointers to note: Always cut away from your body in case you slip! If you are new to carving, feel free to experiment with different carving tools to familiarise yourself with the cut and also width each carving tool offers. It’s also helpful to note that shallow cuts can give you more control so if you need additional leverage, make a few shallow cuts before you proceed to carve.

  1. Carve

Whenever you are feeling confident enough, you can begin with the carving. Start by tracing and placing shallow cuts on the outside of your design so that they can act as guidelines when you get to the meat of it. Once you have done so, you can begin whittling away as you see fit BUT remember that what you are getting rid of if the part of the design you do not want when you stamp your rubber stamp (negative space). To make it safer, you can mark negative spaces in pencil before you begin carving so that you do not accidentally carve the necessary parts away.

  1. Test print

It’s natural to rake up some rubber dust when it comes to carving. Be sure to brush or clean them off as best as you can so that you can get a neat print when you use your rubber stamp. Dip your stamp into some ink and do a few test prints. This is essential since it helps you spot unwanted pieces or minor mistakes. It’s also helpful to note where it doesn’t seem clean enough and work on it. Keep test printing until you are satisfied with the results of your self made rubber stamp.

  1. Mount

After all the hard parts, now comes the last and optional step. Mounting your rubber stamps onto a wooden block is helpful for even ink distribution. Cut away the excess parts from your rubber stamp and stick the rubber piece onto the wood block with strong glue adhesives and let it dry!

With these steps, you should find yourself with your very own custom stamp! Get creative- typography, artwork, portraits…literally anything goes!

Conditioning Your Rubber Stamps In 5 Steps

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What a lot of people don’t know is when you condition your rubber stamps, you will often get a clearer and improved stamping image as your end result! We’ve previously discussed how to store rubber stamps, how to clean them and also maximise their efficiency. Now here’s how to condition them for a sharper better image:

  1. Test

So that you have something to compare the results to, feel free to do a test print after you have received the rubber stamp to take a look at the initial quality. If you have purchased the rubber stamps from a good rubber stamp manufacturer, it should already be of good quality.

  1. Clean

Before anything else, make sure to clean your rubber stamps. Make sure to clean thoroughly because you want to remove ink coatings and any possible oil residue left on the rubber stamps. Once again, you can either use stamp cleaner from craft stores or make use of warm water to wash off ink and wipe dry with towels.

  1. Examine

Take a look at the coverage of your stamp. If you need help with discerning, lightly clean the rubber part of your stamp with an eraser and see if there are large portions that seem extra glossy. Identify those parts and remember them- those are the spots that are not interacting well with your ink.

  1. Mark

Using an adhesive remover or your eraser, continue to rub the stamp surface. The colour of these portions will begin to change. If you are using the adhesive remover, it will become a lighter shade of orange.

Once you have accomplished this, clean your rubber stamp with a stamping scrub, which can also be procured in a crafting store.

  1. Sand

To make clearer crisp designs, use a sanding block and sand your rubber stamp very lightly until you are satisfied. Then test it out on a piece of paper.

If you have completed these procedures accurately, the end result should be a sharper more defined image. Using this method, you can condition your rubber stamps well and effectively create aesthetically pleasing designs.

Different types of Electronic Stamps

Rubber stamps are here to stay, one can already see that now. There are new models of stamps which are being made with each passing day. Even here in Singapore, the rubber stamp makers are continually expanding their shops so that they can settle the demands of their expanding numbers of clientele. So below is a look at some of the modern electronic rubber stamps out there:

Jet Stamp-790 Ink Jet Printer Electronic Hand-stamp

The Jet-Stamp 790 electronic hand stamp is a stamp that has been cleverly designed in such a way that it is coupled up with the portability of a regular hand-stamp while using jet ink printer technology at the same time. It has been made so that it serves all the needs one may have as far as rubber stamps are concerned. This makes an excellent travel companion for conferences and trade shows. The only thing one has to do is choose a variety of words and phrases that he or she might use, and they are good to go. One can also opt to program their electronic hand-stamp so that they now have a customised rubber stamp.

With this stamp, one does not need to apply a lot of pressure to make an imprint. The imprints are nevertheless very sharp. This stamp can be used on uneven surfaces, and the imprints will still be legible.

Reiner jet stamp-792 MP for Metal and Plastic

As the name suggests, this electronic stamp can be used on metals and plastics. It is a very effective stamp that prints very fast on all surfaces regardless of whether the surfaces are mobile or stationary.

This stamp has the option of writing 1 or 2 line texts whereby one can have a number, a date, and text. The surprising thing with this stamp is that the prints can be stored in the system. It is possible for one to program up to 25 prints into the system. It is also important to note that this model of the stamp does not run on batteries. It is a permanent power machine.

Jet-Stamp-790e for Stamping Eggs

Anyone running a business where they need to stamp, or mark eggs on a large scale should get this fantastic stamp. This stamp has a soft pad mount to protect the eggs from any damage. It has also incorporated a technology where during the printing, the stamp does not contaminate the eggs. The stamp also has a run time of up to 6 days on standby and then after that, one may have to replace the batteries.

Tezet-Stamp Machine

This is the most suitable stamp that can be used to do repeated high volume stamping. With this stamp, you can use it from the moment you purchase it. It does not require a stamping pad. One usually gets supplied with one text plate with the text that you choose. With the tezet stamp machine, one makes up to 100,000 impressions at a go. Afterwards, you can get additional text plates.

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