Stamps: Designed For More Than Just Paper

Ever wondered how a rubber stamp would benefit you or your business? Have a need for a rubber stamp but not sure how to get the most use out of it? Let us delve into the stamp world and explain how you can utilise it for your specific applications. 

Firstly, if you're not quite sure what a rubber stamp is or maybe you have heard the term but would like a bit more information, not to worry. Click here to discover what "stamping" really means and to find out about our extensive product range available for different sectors. 

When did you first see a rubber stamp being used?

Let's pick your brain and take you back to the time where you first saw a rubber stamp in action. Was it in a bank? At the airport? Or maybe it was at school with your teacher using one to mark your jotter. Our first time seeing a rubber stamp in operation was at the local library and take it from us when we say we became obsessed with how the librarian marked the book with the return date. So much so that we had to have our own stamp for our pretend library. We are guessing that the first time you saw a rubber stamp being used, the operator was stamping on a paper based material. Are we wrong?

When we think of rubber stamps being used, the first thing that comes to our minds is paper, whether that be office documents, cards or notebooks. However, that's not the only material rubber stamps can stamp on, in fact, there are several applications that can be completed with the use of a stamp. 

Paper-Based Materials

As we've already covered, paper, card and cardboard take the top spot for the most popular materials for rubber stamping. Many businesses produce 1000s of documents each day that will be marked with a rubber stamp. Whether this is being stamped with specific wording for legality purposes, to keep their paperwork up-to-date and consistent or to simply save time and energy throughout the working day. 

Rubber stamps react well to paper-based materials. Whether it's standard 80gsm all the way to recycled cardboard packaging, all of our stamps can be customised with your business name, logo or choice of wording and will print a clear, easy-to-read impression that will last. You also have the opportunity to select from black, blue, red, green or violet ink, whichever would best suit your brand and colour of paper or packaging. 


Other paper-based applications

Stamps aren't just for packaging and documents. Small businesses including local shops can also benefit from stamps that take the form of a loyalty card programme. A cost-effective, instant method of rewarding loyal customers for their business. Although paper is the most popular material to stamp on, we want you to get the clearest, high-quality impression that you can, therefore we would recommend to avoid stamping on glossy loyalty cards with our everyday self-inkers. Our regular stamps like to show off their best qualities and matte paper allows for this. If your loyalty card is glossy, why not try our quick drying ink?


Paper-based applications don't stop there. As we mentioned earlier, marking stamps are extremely popular with teachers in primary schools. They are a simple, quick way to reward and motivate pupils for their hard work and good behaviour. The stamp will make a lasting impression on the page which pupils can look back on for further encouragement. 

Other tips: If you're a crafter who likes to experiment with different techniques, why not try incorporating stamps into your card making and hand crafts?

Working With Fabrics

We understand how frustrating it can be to get your garments mixed up with others in your workplace, school or nursing home. One solution to this is to write your name in pen but what happens when that fades after only a few washes? If only there was a technique that could print your name on your clothing and fabrics without it washing away. In fact, there is! Our collection of fabric stamps are on hand to stop clothing mix-ups from happening. Personalised with your name, Trodat's fabric stamp and DIY clothing stamp are designed with a special textile black ink pad which withstands multiple washes. 

Not only are these stamps suitable for personal use. They are also a quick way to mark fabrics within your business, quickly and easily with your logo and branding. For example, towels from a hairdresser's will normally be sent to a dry cleaner's to be washed, along with belongings from other businesses. Trodat's stamp is an easy way to identify your property. 


Get Messy With Clay & Clean Up With Soap

Yes, you did read correctly. Clay and soap stamps are becoming increasingly popular within small creative businesses looking to make their mark on their products. Take a look at @beaus_bars. Our collection of soap & clay hand stampers are ink free and simply make a high-quality, indented (debossed) impression into your creations. Instead of rubber, these special stamps are manufactured from an acrylic block with a wooden handle to give the stamper a rustic feel perfect for your Instagram feeds. All you need to do is push the stamp into your media and watch as your branded impression takes effect. 


Food Glorious Food

Ever wondered how eggs, cheese or even meat are marked with the use by dates? Simple answer, it's all done by a stamp. Not only is it a fast, clear method of showcasing the date on the food product, it is actually a legal requirement to mark eggs with the best before dates and to mark the eggs sold at retail level with the code that states the farming method. 

To mark eggs, cheese or meat, we recommend our traditional stamps over our self-inking range as you can manually control the pressure, ideal for delicate food sources. Simply choose the size of stamp you require, purchase our standard or large dry felt pad alongside the specialised bottle of Noris cheese, meat or egg marking ink, a food safe alternative to your standard ink bottleEgg-Marking-Ink

Heavy Duty Applications

Plastic, glass and metal all come under heavy-duty, specialist applications. And although our everyday stamps used in accordingly with our quick-drying ink will create a successful impression on to your tougher materials, the quick-drying ink will still take on average 60 seconds to dry. Dryteq is a specialised self-inking stamp that features an electrical operated UV curing unit, drying impressions within 0.5 seconds, ideal for the most resilient of tasks. 


Wood You Use A Stamp?

You are right to question whether our everyday rubber stamps would print effectively on to wood. The standard self-inking stamp would most definitely create your impression however we cannot guarantee that the ink will not run. 

To help you produce a high-quality finish, we'd like to introduce you to our range of Justrite stamps, designed for challenging manufacturing applications. Their unique design presents you with the option to integrate them easily into the production process or simply use them manually. Our collection of Justrite stamps are sold with a dry felt pad however if you'd like to use them for specific wooden, glass or plastic applications, contact us and we will advise on the specialised ink for each of these materials. 

Whether it's marking wooden parts with a number, your logo or branding, these specialist stamps will create a clear, long-lasting impression, shining your company in a professional light. 


Other applications

Although we've covered a wide variety of materials that our stamps can be used in conjunction with, you may still have some questions which we haven't got round to answering. No problem, head on over to our social channels (Instagram: Stamps4u_uk, Facebook: Stamps4u), or alternatively email us at [email protected] or telephone us on 01234 480368. 

Happy Stamping!

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