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How to Ink a Rubber Stamp

Applying ink to a rubber stamp is a fairly simple process, but there are a few things to keep in mind to get the best results.

Choosing Ink for Your Rubber Stamp

First, choose an ink that is specifically designed for rubber stamps - these inks will generally be more vibrant and longer lasting than other types of ink. Depending on your project, you have a choice between a pigment ink or dye ink. To learn more about each type of ink read pigment vs dye ink pads.

How to Avoid Uneven and Blotchy Stamp Impressions

Second, make sure your stamp is clean and dry - ink will not adhere well to a dirty or wet surface. When applying the ink be sure to pat the ink pad against the stamp and not the other way around. The ink can become uneven and blotchy if you press the stamp on the ink pad. The process of inking a rubber stamp vs a clear stamp is the same.

"When applying the ink be sure to pat the ink pad against the stamp and not the other way around."

Finally, use a light hand when inking your stamp and be sure to evenly cover the entire surface of the stamp. Once your stamp is inked, press it onto your paper or surface and hold for a few seconds before lifting. Allow the stamped image to dry completely before moving or handling it.

How To Ink a Stamp That is Bigger Than The Ink Pad

You don't need the same size ink pad as your rubber stamp. You can use a small ink pad to ink a large rubber stamp, Here's how.

First, the ink pad must have a raised ink pad. This means that the ink pad is taller than the plastic container it sits in (see below). Then, the same way you ink a smaller rubber stamp, is how you'll ink a large rubber stamp; evenly coating the stamp with ink by patting the ink pad over the stamp.

Can You Paint on a Rubber Stamp?

Yes, you can paint on a rubber stamp! Acrylic paint or fabric paint works well and is recommended for most stamps, but you may need to experiment to find the right type of paint for your particular project. Make sure your paint is thinned properly. You don't want it to be too thick or too thin. If it's too thick, it will be difficult to apply evenly, and if it's too thin, it will run and make a mess.


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