In this tutorial, we will show you how to refill pre-inked stamps of various styles. Before you begin, make sure that you have flash or ink meant for pre-inked stamps. In addition, only refill your stamp with the same ink color that was previously used as the stamp will still contain some of the original ink.
How to Refill Pre-Inked Stamps
Step 1: Determining Your Pre-Inked Stamp Ink Cartridge
Style 1: The Sliding Ink Cartridge
Check to see if your pre-inked stamp has a sliding ink cartridge. To this, simply take off the bottom cap. If the ink pad and cartridge is able to slide out from either end, then add 3-6 drops of ink and slide the cartridge back into the stamp.
Style 2: The Handle Ink Cartridge
If your pre-inked stamp does not have a sliding cartridge, then you will be able to remove the handle of the stamp. Once the top of the stamp is removed, you can place 1-2 drops of ink into the ink wells. Then replace the stamp handle.
TIP: Allow the ink to sit for several hours before using it to ensure full absorption of the ink into the ink pad.
Step 2: Test The Impression
Once the ink has had time to absorb, test the stamp impression on scrap paper to determine if more ink needs to be added.
TIP: Remember that you can always add more ink, but cannot remove ink once it is added. It is best to add only 1-2 drops at a time as not to over-saturate your ink pad which will cause ink blotting. Because pre-inked stamps last for thousands of impressions, only a small amount of ink is needed to refresh a crisp stamp impression.