Stamps add character to letters and paper artwork. But what if you want to use your own design as a stamp? Photopolymer (hard yet clear) stamps have gained popularity by providing advantages over conventional rubber stamps, including exact stamp placement, cleanup and stamp longevity. With many companies on the market capable of creating photopolymer stamps, Cora Harkins of Clearly Vintage was interviewed for her recommendation on picking the right stamp maker for your needs.
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Research several photopolymer stamp companies. Focus on companies that specialise in photopolymer stamps. Request samples from each to test quality.
Consider each company's customer service. A company with a graphic designer on staff may be essential to creating perfect stamped images. She will help you achieve crisp images.
Consider set-up costs for each company. Set-up and production costs vary greatly in the industry.
Consider minimum-order quantity requirements and turnaround time. If you plan to sell your images wholesale, a reliable company with a quick turnaround time is essential.
Test with several times of inks once you receive a proof set of your images as stamps. Check that inks do not bead up on large surface areas.
Tips and warnings
- Never commit to a stamp maker without testing its products.
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