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Using Rubber Stamps & Light Ink- Dos and Don’ts

Using Rubber Stamps Light Ink Dos Donts

When we talk about rubber stamps, we usually picture applying dark coloured stamped images on white or pale parchment. But the inverse of that is a direction just as creative and explorable as the first! Have you ever thought about combining rubber stamps with light ink against dark parchment? So have we- and there are some things you should know!

DO Plan

Before you begin stamping away, it’s prudent to have a plan on what you wish to achieve with your rubber stamp design and materials. Know that the effect of rubber stamps and light ink on dark coloured material can vary based on the type of rubber stamps you are using as well as the ink you are using so come up with a vague idea and try to recreate it as a test product first instead of using it on your actual product.

DON’T neglect ink distribution

You need to ensure that the ink you are using is bright enough to show itself against coloured paper. Sometimes ink distribution can play a part on how the final output looks like. Let your stamped images try and see if they are bright enough against the card stock. If they aren’t, then perhaps experiment with a different ink or try out overlay effects to see if it makes things better.

DO Experiment

When it comes to darker colour and bright ink, the rubber stamps you are using have different effects. For example, if you have rubber stamps focusing more on outlines or are intricate in detailing, they usually give off a more subtle effect and you may have to layer your stamped images on top of them to brighten them up more. This is because they do not highlight the effect of bright ink as much. Rubber stamps with bold images however, would make a bolder brighter statement.

As for Ink, pigment ink would be the ideal choice since pigment ink are more opaque in general and can stand out against the page more. Dye ink works as well, but they hold a muted type of effect, an almost faded looking finish.

DO Prepare

What you need to accomplish this would be: Rubber stamps (as many as you want), card stock material, ink (preferably dye ink or pigment ink), and dark coloured paper. These are all you will need for now. But if you wish to add finishing options like embossing and the like at a later stage, you can consider getting bright embossing powder as well.

DO Experiment

When it comes to darker colour and bright ink, the rubber stamps you are using have different effects. For example, if you have rubber stamps focusing more on outlines or are intricate in detailing, they usually give off a more subtle effect and you may have to layer your stamped images on top of them to brighten them up more. This is because they do not highlight the effect of bright ink as much. Rubber stamps with bold images however, would make a bolder brighter statement.

As for Ink, pigment ink would be the ideal choice since pigment ink are more opaque in general and can stand out against the page more. Dye ink works as well, but they hold a muted type of effect, an almost faded looking finish.

Pre-Inked Rubber Stamps VS Self Inking Rubber Stamps

Pre-inked rubber stamps and self inking rubber stamps have been introduced and thriving in the market for a very long time. But how do you know the difference in their performance and how would you know which is the best possible option for you? Learn to choose between pre-inked rubber stamps and self inking rubber stamps by comparing them with these factors.

Self Inking Stamp Ink

1. Image Quality

One of the main differences between pre-inked rubber stamps and self inking rubber stamps are the quality of stamped impressions. Pre-inked rubber stamps are the clear winner when it comes to producing impressions that are crisp, solid and top notch in quality whereas self inking rubber stamps produce good impressions that are sufficient but lacking in the crispness pre-inked rubber stamps can produce. This is because the ink has long been infused into the rubber part of pre-inked rubber stamps whereas self inking rubber stamps work with a spring system.


Self inking rubber stamps are the more economical option compared to pre-inked rubber stamps. So if you are looking for good quality rubber stamps to sustain you in your daily office operations, self inking rubber stamps would be the best option. Self inking rubber stamps are always recommended to new start up corporations with limited spending budget.

3. Impressions

Pre-inked rubber stamps take the lead when it comes to the number of impressions each stamp can make. The average amount of impressions pre-inked rubber stamps are able to make would be roughly around 50 000 impressions before running out of ink whereas self inking rubber stamps are capable of making roughly 10 000 impressions. From the sheer difference in numbers, it is clear to see that pre-inked rubber stamps are capable of making more impressions.


Both of them are similar in a way due to the fact that they are both designed to be refillable, so you can simply replace the ink once they run out and keep reusing the rubber stamps until their rubber stamp pads require replacing. They can also come in a range of different colours according to the user’s wishes. These rubber stamps can also be easily customised with designs so in terms of this area, both types of rubber stamps are beneficial. Neither of them are recommended for glossy material either since their inks are not typically quick drying.

5. Differences

Self inking rubber stamps are made using water-based ink whereas pre-inked rubber stamps are used with oil-based ink. While both are fairly long lasting, oil-based ink are still more permanent compared to water-based ink.

Replace The Rubber Portion Of Your Self Inking Rubber Stamp In 5 Steps

Prolonged use of your self inking rubber stamp over the years can cause the rubber cut edges to become dull, resulting in a drop of quality in your stamped image. Here’s how you can replace the rubber portion of your self inking rubber stamp in 5 steps:

Self Inking Rubber Stamp Portion

1. Re-order

Self inking rubber stamps can have their rubber portions replaced. Re-order a new rubber die for your self inking rubber stamp, preferably through the same rubber stamp provider. This way, you will be able to tell the size and cut of the new rubber stamp die you need to get according to the product title/number you have bought or get their advice.


Press your self inking rubber stamp down gently so that the ink pad slot is visible. Holding it in that position, remove the ink pad from the slot. Using a cloth and scrap paper, stamp and clean until the residue ink have been removed so that there will be no additional smudges. Once done, you can now lock the self inking rubber stamp to hold it in position.


Depending on your self inking rubber stamp model type, there will usually be a lock/slide button on the back of your self inking rubber stamp, or little buttons on the side to push in that can hold or release your rubber stamp structure. Locate these buttons and lock your self inking rubber stamp in place so that you will be able to easily insert the new ink pad later. Reduce any and all smudges left by residue ink.

4. Re-insert

Once you have removed the sticky layer of the rubber die away from the text plate, you can now reinsert a new one by peeling off the backing tape. Line up the die the way it had been and insert the new one into the text plate so that it can fit snugly. Press down against paper to slide it all the way in and unlock the position of your self inking rubber stamp.


Once you have finished, test your self inking rubber stamp against scrap paper to make sure that your newly inserted rubber die is working fine, and that ink distribution is even. If everything goes well, you should be able to use your self inking rubber stamp again as per normal.

5 Types Of Rubber Stamp Friendly Inks To Use

Types of Rubber Stamp
There are a lot of inks that can actually be used with your rubber stamps. Apart from the ink that come with, here are some other types that can be used. Have you tried any of these yet?

1. Dye inks

Dye ink can be used on a wide variety of material because it is resistant to fading and will not smear when it’s dry. Apart from the standard paper, it can also be used on photograph paper, glossy papers, clear or metallic name card stock, glass, plastic and even acrylic! Allow it time to dry and once it does, it stays!

2. Pigment Inks

Pigment ink is a lot brighter compared to regular ink, but is also made of a thicker consistency. Pigment ink is slower when it comes to drying so when it comes to heat embossing, it is the right fit. Pigment ink can be left to dry by itself, however it also depends on what material you are stamping it on. If you are using it on a surface like coated stock name card materials, then you may need to heat emboss it for the ink to dry since it relies on absorption and it can’t do so on coated material.

3. Permanent Ink

Permanent ink stays true to it’s name- it leave permanent stamped images on your material which are fade resistant and water resistant. It dries fairly quickly and can be used on many surfaces including fabric. However, make sure to get a reconditioner as well as leave the ink pad in a cool spot because the ink can evaporate and dry within 20 seconds.

5. Embossing Ink

Embossing Ink is similar to embossing powder, though it is in liquid form. You can form patterns and whatever you wish to emboss, and then go over them with the embossing ink. When heat embossed, the colour and slightly raised structure would pop out magnificently.

These are 5 rubber stamp friendly inks that can be used and combined with your rubber stamps. Some inks can be longer lasting so remember to wash your rubber stamps if you have to switch inks in order to avoid mixing.

4. Watermark Ink

Watermark ink is great for text-weight paper types since the ink is so vastly different from the rest of the inks. If you are looking to create art with your ink, then this is the best choice for you. If you have coloured material, you can even make subtle impressions onto them! Though it is notable that watermark ink is generally a lot more sticky.

5 Rubber Stamp Presses To Invest In

Invest Rubber Stamp
Rubber stamp presses are easily accessible as long as you approach the right manufacturer or supplier. But how do you get something worth investing in? What rubber stamp presses should you get? Here are 5 models you should try:

1. Precision Press Model 1524

If you are an SME or a start up company, then this would be the perfect stamp press for you. Model 1524 has a wider platen size and temperature control units that you can use to maintain even heat distribution to avoid over curing or under curing your rubber stamps. Because of motorised hydraulic systems, you don’t have to manually raise it or drop it either so you can allow it to go through the curing cycle by itself.

2. Precision Press Model 1515

More suited for heavy duty production, Model 1515 comes with a heavy-gauge steel base and controls heat distribution with a temperature-controller. Each platen is equipped with thermocouple sensors and can induce a faster heating up process compared to other models. Heat won’t be lost that much either since it’s recovery period is short, so the item that’s inserted for processing will be heated up quickly. You are also able to tell how much pressure is being applied and set an accurate timer for the process too.

3. Automatic Press

True to it’s name, all manufacturing processes are performed on an automatic basis- all you need to do is to adjust the details ( temperature, duration, pressure) and the procedure can automatically begin after you have hit the start key. Convenient for the busy stamp makers of the industry. The automatic press also has an emergency stop button so you don’t have to worry about accidents. You can also increase the degassing duration as well.

4. PEVP Press A5

The PEVP Press A5 is used for molding as well as press types. If you are looking for a simplistic press to use, then it is the perfect choice for you since it comes with a timer that you can use to control the process. You don’t have to worry about uneven distribution of heat either because it is regulated and evenly distributed through electronic controllers. A little more attention has to be paid to it but other than that, the process should run smoothly.

5. Precision Press Model 1015

Precision Press Model 1015 comes with the options for etching (deep etch or standard etch) for the rubber molding. So depending on your design, you can select the pressure accordingly. This way, you can control the etching based on how deep or shallow you want it to be without having to constantly worry over it’s consistency.

These 5 rubber stamp presses are popular amongst the rubber stamp manufacturing industry so if you are looking for good quality precision stamp presses, you can consider purchasing either of these 5 presses. These 5 rubber stamp presses should fulfill all your needs. However, don’t take our word for it- trial and error is the only accurate way to determine if they are worth their value so discuss with your supplier and team to see what specifications the stamp presses need to meet.

Laser Engrave Your Rubber Stamp Design In 5 Steps

Laser Rubber Stamp
You don’t necessarily have to approach professional manufacturers in order to create your rubber stamps. If you have a laser engraving machine, you can create your own rubber stamp design in just 5 steps. Here’s how:

1. Preparation

There are some materials you have to get beforehand, and those include: A laser engraver, an editing software, stamp mount to mount your rubber stamp on, editing software and a rubber pad. Make sure your rubber pad is made of natural rubber. There are only specific rubber types that are suitable for laser engraving. Don’t substitute the rubber with non-vulcanised rubber as it creates toxic fumes when you laser cut it. If you don’t know which rubber pads to choose, get a shop assistant’s advice.

2. Create

Using adobe photoshop, illustrator or the editing program of your choice, design your own rubber stamp structure. Keep in mind the size of your rubber pad and the size of the stamp you want and use that as a guideline to keep your design in the right size. Try to make your lines as clear and as precise as you need them to be.
4. Mount

This step is optional but it is advised to mount your rubber stamps as it helps with even ink distribution and makes it easier to stamp. Glue the underside of your rubber pad to a wooden block or your mount and weigh it down. Leave it there for a while and once the glue dries, you should have a successfully mounted rubber stamp.

So here a guideline on how to laser engrave your rubber stamps in less than 5 steps. Quick, organised and simple to achieve as long as you have a laser engraving machine.

3. Set up

For easy engraving, retain the original copy of your rubber stamp design and invert the colours, creating an inverse image. Then use a vertical axis reflection. Make sure to set the correct width of the lines you want ( how thick you want them to be cut) and also do the same for the lines that are to be engraved.

Creating Your Own Artwork Rubber Stamps In 5 Steps

Laser Rubber Stamp

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:


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.

2.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.


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.

4.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.


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!

5 Customised Rubber Stamp Ideas For Entrepreneurs

Laser Rubber Stamp
As an entrepreneur, your key challenge is making your mark in the industry without burning a large hole in your wallet. If you look, there are multiple opportunities to harness that can help you achieve that aim. One of these would be using customised rubber stamps. Here are some ideas to help you along:

1.Rubber stamp name cards

What better way to make an impression by incorporating two of your best marketing tools into one? Instead of a regular printed name card, you can add a hint of creativity and human touch by creating a name card template with your rubber stamp instead? It is guaranteed to get you noticed by different corporations on account that you care enough to put a little bit of your essence as an entrepreneur into a task like this.

2.Personal Branding

If you are an entrepreneur, then personal branding becomes one of your top priorities- what better way to do that than to design and use your personal logo? Especially when you are specialising in design or selling a product. You can make use of a logo on your customised rubber stamp and let it do the ‘market talk’ for you by placing it on your packaging and other material.

3.Contact form

How often is it that you see a contact form made in stampable form? Hardly and why not? Customised rubber stamps can be a nifty way to come up with a fill in the blanks format type of contact form that encourages interactivity between the consumer and yourself!

4.Signature stamps

Add personal touch to your business dealings with a customised rubber stamp design of your signature! You can even go for some unusual typography or ink colours to make your signature stamp stand out. This would be an interesting yet endearing way of revealing your creative yet professional side!

5.Office Supplies

Keep yourself and your documents organised with your own set of customised rubber stamps for important labels so that it can brighten up your day and ready you to tackle different tasks! You can even come up with custom symbols and create a little to do schedule for yourself to keep your progress on track!

5 Rubber Stamp Design Trends Of 2016

Laser Rubber Stamp
Rubber stamps can be of use in more areas than one. Liven up your environment and dealings with both function and design as you incorporate these popular rubber stamp design trends of 2016 in your daily routine:

1. Typography & Signature

Cut down on the hassle of having to go through a large amount of paperwork and personally signing them when you can be done in an instant with your very own custom signature stamp. You can also step up by personalising your own handwriting onto stamps as well. This way you can add an additional personal touch to authenticating business deals along with your common seal.

Typography centered rubber stamps are also a creative way to experiment with different designed fonts for arts and crafts. Or distinguishing your belongings from others.

4.UV Stamps

UV stamps are a neat and visually pleasing trend that is popular amongst party events solely for the excitement it brings out. As part of a marketing trend, corporations are also using them on their name cards or even invitations and the like to generate excitement or curiosity amongst potential clients by informing them of secret offers or giveaways through such a subtle yet interesting manner.


Simple elements like lines, arrows, basic shapes are subtle ways to enhance your product and brand by giving it an effortless elegance. It’s a delightful way to make notes and directions. Straightforward and simplistic enough to remain professional, yet aesthetically pleasing enough to brighten up your day.
On their own, these trends appear rather underwhelming. But when you combine these trends together, you can create numerous beautiful designs for your rubber stamp. When it comes to rubber stamp design, anything is possible and that is the beauty of it. Don’t be afraid to give these trends a try, and see what brilliant rubber stamp designs you can stun people with.


With social media on the rise, even rubber stamps have been introduced with selfies- images of people posing as they take their own picture. Selfie rubber stamps are an interesting personal touch that you can consider including in a festive thank you card to your customers and the like to form a personal connection with them.

3.Frames & Borders

Rubber stamps don’t always have to be comprising of words or logos, or even illustrations. They can also be used to make frames and borders for the aesthetic value of your product or name cards and the like. Think about the items that are related to your profession. For example, if you are a professional photographer or work in a cinema-related industry, you can use a cinema tape reel rubber stamp design on your documents and name cards. To top it off you can reuse the same stamp for scrapbook decorating!

How to make signature stamps


Technology has made it easy for us to perform various tasks in life. Quality customised signature stamps can potentially help you reduce the amount of time you require to spend on your workload. For example, someone in a high position (CEO, directors etc) may have to sign a large amount of documents in order to authorize certain procedures for authentication.

With a signature stamp, they can cut down the amount of time they waste by simply stamping the documents instead of having to go through the effort and strain of signing all of them.

To create a signature stamp- a clear consistent (non-changing) signature has to be produced to be sampled. Produce a clean sheet of paper, white whenever possible and make a few examples of your signature until you have the desired one. It is preferable to use a fine pointed pen when you do.

When you’re able to scale your signature stamp to the size you want, consider outsourcing the task to the professionals, who can produce the stamp for you at lower prices and even deliver in some cases. If not, you can always start experimenting with hand made carved rubber stamps- simply mount the piece onto wood for easy stamping purposes.

The use of the digital signature is, however, constrained as it leaves the mandate of deciding if such a signature is legitimate to the courts. The validity of a signature is however only a key issue when it comes to issues to do with contract disputes and the ultimate resolution of such disputes. The signature stamp can be effectively used in your day to day operations.

After which, scan the signature into a file and enable easy editing by saving it as a PNG to get rid of the excess white space around your signature. Once you have your desired signature sample, you can download any free stamp template to create a layout for your stamp so that you can go ahead with producing it.

There are some company stamp makers in Singapore that have the option of allowing customers to design their own stamps using an online application or template located in their website, like Company Stamp Singapore Pte. Ltd. This saves you the trouble of having to go all the way down personally in order to design it.

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