Now that I've introduced you to custom creating Rubber Stamps allow me to edge you in a little further to some other convenient options. Not all of us care to dabble about with ink pads and such. Thus the self-inking stamp was created. The ink source is INSIDE the stamp.
These are perfect for repetitive tasks
such as return addresses,
small forms, or check lists.
I recently created one of these as a gift for someone I know who will love the convenience of a built-in ink pad, putting it at the-ready whenever needed. No searching for an ink pad and no wiping the stamp clean. Let's take a quick closer look.
The brand is Trodat. A well known company that began in 1912. It's roots are in Austria but their products are available worldwide.
I decided to order their Printy 4.0. It's their original concept product. I ordered mine from RubberStamps.net because I order my other Art-Face rubber stamps from there, so I save on shipping. The size I went with was 1"h × 2.5"w. Up to 5 lines of text. $21.
They claim a Climate Neutral CO2 footprint for this product. In comparison with the previous model, up to 49%* CO2 is saved during manufacturing.
You see those Momento ink pads above? The point is, you don't need them. (Obviously I've removed information from the stamp to protect the innocent =). My friend is a little more reserved and loves hummingbirds, so I designed a stamp for them accordingly.
However your custome design is pretty limitless as in the photo at the beginning of this post. Use your imagination. Or commission a designer. These really make great gifts for a housewarming or newly married couples too. (Check out my previous post about creating a custom design.)
Have a new business venture? A small shop of sorts? Save on your bottom dollar and create a stamp to stamp your receipts, shopping bags, book marks, whatever. Keep in mind, I chose traditional black but there ARE a few different colors you can orders these in. I ordered mine from RubberStamps.net. They offer Black, Blue, Green, Red and Purple.
These stamps have about 1,000 impressions before the pad inside needs to be re-inked. A very simple process. You just slide the cartridge out, place drops of liquid-ink on the pad and your at the ready for another 1,000. stamp impressions.
But with about 1,000 impressions you will hardly be doing that often. I will be recommending my friend to perhaps place the stamp in a plastic zip-bag to keep it from drying out prematurely? By the way, once the cartridge draw is pulled out, you flip the unit over and ink the pad that is revealed there.
It may seem odd but if you look closely at how the stamping inside mechanism works you'll see it makes sense.
The rubber stamp sits against the pad at all times (in storage mode). As you press down the rubber stamp itself flips away from the ink pad to face the surface you're stamping. (Click to enlarge images above.)
The stamp also has a locking feature. This helps if there are children in the house =) Here I have added some white ink to the symbols so they can be more easily seen by me friend.
If you want to order from RubberStamps.net click on Imprint for the original 4.0 Printy. Curious how to get your custom design to RubberStamps.net? Check out my previous post. —Give me a shout out, let me know how this works for you, and remember...
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