At the end of September I added a new Silhouette America machine to my craft collection; I got the Mint to add on to my Cameo. The Mint machine is used to design and ‘mint’ your own custom stamp designs however, this does not make clear stamps like the majority used for everyday stamping. This ‘cuts’ the design into the stamp material but from touch and eye there is no clear difference in depth between the design and the stamp material. Another point to note with these stamps are you cannot necessarily use your ordinary stamp inks.
To ink this stamp up you need to apply liquid ink over the design and allow this to sink in. There is one upside to this, you can quite accurately apply several different colours to the stamp at once and print this. Silhouette make their own inks for this, and when you buy the machine you are provided with 4 colours to start: black, blue, red and yellow.
Today I am going to show you how to quickly mint a simple text stamp with the Mint studio and machine.
When you open the Mint Studio you have several options. On the right hand side of the screen you will notice different size stamps in the stamp setting window. Depending on which stamp kit you have to mint on, here is where you would select the correct size for your design window in the middle. The design window represents the stamp you will be minting on; therefore anything you create and design must fit within this window for it to be minted.
Along the top tool bar you have your usual file, save, print and view options to the left. Along to the right are the filters, editing tools and send to mint options. The toolbar on the left hand side of the screen are where you find your design tools (text, shapes lines, eraser) along with the standard Silhouette design, library and store buttons. Along the bottom of the screen you have the colour settings allowing you to add colour to see what you stamp will look like when stamped, and the stamp cut settings. There are three stamp cut settings. The first will ‘cut’ the design in full and then ‘cut’ an extra outline. The second setting will ‘cut’ the design in full and the last setting will only ‘cut’ the outline.
When adding text, the right hand window will change to the text settings allowing you to alter the size and font type. Other options such as alignment, bold/italicized, character spacing etc are also available at this stage.
As I am ‘cutting’ a simple text stamp, I then proceeded to the send to Mint button (the one that looks like a leaf). In the future I will explore the filter settings with you, but for now we are just concentrating on a simple design and cut. Make sure you Mint is connected and turned on; at this point do not place your stamp sheet in the machine. When you have selected the Mint button you will have noticed that the studio has added the stamp sheet outline to the design window and flipped your design. It is important to note that the studio does this for you otherwise the stamp will print backwards – so you do not need to do this when designing your stamp as the software already does this.
I wanted to add this little extra picture (using a different font) and tip in here. Before you go to mint your stamp take a good look at the design once it has been flipped. Here it shows what the machine will truly mint your stamp like, as the stamp is quite small the resolution of the design may change slightly. In the above picture this has changed this other design resulting in missing line for the ‘H’. If this happens to you, trying resizing the design a little and the alteration may go. This was a lesson I have now learnt as I did not notice this until I had stamped it out on paper.
When you are ready to Mint press send to mint option and follow the instructions on the screen; it will ask you to insert your stamp sheet into the machine after you have pressed send to Mint.
One thing is for sure, the Mint machine is quick so you do not have to wait long for your stamp to come out!
To get the stamp out of the stamp sheet, you need to bend the cardboard at the perforations and then peel pack the stamp.
The stamp holder containers the the lid and the base. To apply the stamp, peel over the brown sticker to place the stamp over the adhesive and press in place.
Apply the liquid ink over your stamp and allow to sink in for around 10 minutes. Apply the stamp holder to the stamp block and blot off any excess ink that has not soaked in. Your stamp is now ready to use!
I hope this has shown you how easy it is to make a simple text stamp. Look out for a guide in the future on how to use the filter settings with your design. As always if you have found this useful please follow the blog, Facebook and Instagram!