Hello, so great to see you! Hope you've had a fabulous week and are ready for a crafty weekend! Today I want to show you just how easy it is to make your own custom multicoloured stamp!
The Silhouette Mint is such an easy to use tool allowing you to create fun little stamps. The inks that come with the machine allow you to add ink only to the areas that you want in that colour. This makes it easy to use many colours for one stamp.
Now I don't treat making stamps on the mint like you would if you sent off your own designs for polymer clear stamps. When you load the ink onto your mint stamps, you will get MANY stamps out of it before it runs dry and needs re-inking. Therefore when I create a stamp with the mint, I try to think of a design/stamp that I am likely to use over and over again.
This is where this Happy Mail stamp came from - I can stamp it onto every envelope I send out!
Materials required for a Multicoloured Stamp :
- Silhouette Mint and design studio
- Slihouette Mint: stamp kit if you don't have the stamp block or the stamp sheet if do. This stamp used a 30 x 30 stamp sheet.
- Silhouette Mint Inks
- Scrap paper to stamp on
The stamp kit will consist of a wooden stamp block, two stamp sheets (which you 'mint' your design onto), two stickers and two stamp mounts. The stamp mounts slide on and off the wooden stamp block. You only need one wooden stamp block for each size of stamp. Therefore once you have the wooden block for the 30 x 30 stamp kit, you will only need to by the 30 x 30 stamp sheets pack from now on. These contain only the stamp sheets, stamp mount and stickers.
Multicoloured stamp project details:
If you are unsure how to design and use the Mint studio software, check out this post here.
There are several key things you need to consider where designing your stamp. The size of the font - to small and thin and the mint may struggle to mint the font completely. The smallest font used in this design was 14pt which is still fairly 'large' for a font. However, bear in mind this is a very thin font and going smaller may have affected the print quality.
I recommend watching K.Becca's video on printing small text with a mint stamp here.
You also need to consider the thickness of your lines, again too small and the line may not mint consistently. The inner lines of my little envelope were at 0.5pt, and they still printed well.
Applying inks for your multicoloured stamp:
If you plan on using several colours in your stamp, it is best to also think about how close the items are within your design. When designing small stamps, if you apply inks to areas that are too close to one another the inks could bleed. One way I found to over come this is to apply your colours in sections.
As you can see the little heart in the envelope is coloured red. To prevent the black and red bleeding into one another, I first applied the black ink over the envelope liners. I allowed this to sink in and absorb before I added red ink to the heart.
When you have your design ready to 'Mint' send it to your machine and in seconds you stamp is ready. I love how quick and easy the 'Minting' process is. As I said, it is best to apply the inks in sections, allowing one section to absorb in before you added another.
When you have applied all the ink and allowed it to absorb in, stamp it off several times onto scrap paper. This removes any excess ink sitting on the top of the stamp. After many stamps this will clear leaving a crisp multicoloured print!
Did you like this project? Why not pin it and save for later? It will be there for when you need it!
FREE MULTICOLOURED STAMP PROJECT MINT FILE:
If you love this little Happy Mail stamp, you can download the file below for the free Silhouette Mint file*.
*Please note this file is for personal use only. If you would like to share this file, please share the link to this blog post and not the file itself or the link to Onedrive. Please also credit Pretty Little Button.
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*this post was NOT sponsored, requested, or paid for; I have written it because I wanted to. The information provided is based on my own personal experience. I am not an expert and I do not work for these companies.