How to Get the Best Impression from Your Rubber Stamp

In our 62 years of making rubber stamps, we like to think we’ve learned a thing or two about how to get a really good stamp impression. One of the reasons we love stamps is that there are so many creative uses and possibilities. Your custom logo stamp, for example, can be used to brand your business in a myriad of ways. Think not only about return addressing your correspondence, but creating your own letterhead, business cards, flyers and brochures, party favors, and even packaging. But every surface has their limitations and there are some best practices to achieve that desired crisp and clean impression. Here are our tips for getting the best impression from your rubber stamp on some of the most popular stamped surfaces!

  • Stamping on Gloss Surfaces: High gloss, sleek papers provide a professional touch to your marketing materials and we have many customers who want to stamp their return address or logo directly on them. We highly recommend that you purchase a traditional wood handle stamp and use a professional grade quick drying ink pad that is pigment based. Water based inks will likely smear and smudge quickly. Be sure you are using the correct ink and you’ll get a great impression! Also, the longer you give the ink to dry, the better the result will be.
  • Stamping on Muslin Bags or Burlap: Think that stamps are just meant to for paper? You can actually stamp on fabric, muslin, or burlap with these quick tips and proper expectations for the result. Let us be the first to say that you will never achieve a perfectly crisp and clear impression on fabric, muslin or burlap – the surface themselves are porous and uneven and will absorb the ink differently. But many people like the way that looks! When stamping on one of these surfaces, we recommend using a traditional hand stamp and remember to place what you are stamping on a flat surface. Press down hard and do not release the stamp immediately. Sometimes pressing down will push the ink in better!

  • Stamping on Envelopes: Of course, one of the most common uses of our stamps is return addressing.  When stamping on your envelopes, we recommend that the card or letter NOT be inside. Stamping on a flat surface will provide you with the very best stamp impression. Say for example you are sending your holiday cards, you should stamp your return address on the envelopes BEFORE inserting your holiday card. You can also add some form of padding under your envelope, for example, sheets of paper or a mouse pad. Again, this will truly give you the best stamp impression.
  • Stamping Shopping Bags: Custom retail packaging can cost a fortune, so an economical way to brand your retail shopping bags or other packaging is to purchase a custom logo stamp and do it yourself.  However, it’s very important to make sure you are stamping on the lower portion of the bag. If you try to stamp where the handles are adhered, you are likely to get an uneven impression, ruining the bag you spent money on. So be sure to stamp on a flat surface and make sure there are no handles in the way. You can insert something into the bag to reduce the effect from the folds and improve your impression.

  • White Boxes or Kraft Boxes: We have hundreds of bakeries who order a custom logo stamp and use the stamp to brand their food packaging. Unless you are using food safe ink, do not stamp where the food will come into contact. However, stamping on the outside of the box is a great idea. You will want to stamp the box with your custom logo stamp BEFORE you fold or assemble the box. Stamping on a flat surface is the best way to ensure that you get a perfect impression. Be sure to give them plenty of time to dry before you assemble the box.

A common thread with all of these surfaces is making sure you are stamping on a flat and even surface. With these quick and easy tips, you will be stamping like a pro in no time and affordably branding your business with your custom logo stamp.



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  • I’m looking for a stamp that I can use on a rip-stop and/or vinyl surfaces that won’t wash off. I’m producing a product that will be used outdoors and need a stamp for my logo/product name. Can you advise, please?

  • This is some really good information about rubber stamps. It is good to know that you can get stamps that will format for your envelopes. That does seem like it would be a nice thing to have if you are sending out a lot of holiday cards or even wedding invitations. I know that I wouldn’t want to write out my address a hundred plus times.

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