“Property of” Kids’ Stamps – Silhouette America Blog

“Property of” Kids’ Stamps

Mint Kids Stamps by Kelly Wayment for Silhouette

Mint Kids Stamps by Kelly Wayment for Silhouette

 

For this project, I made personalized stamps for my kids with the Silhouette Mint™ so they can label everything they want. This tutorial will cover some basics of using the Mint custom stamp maker and its Mint Studio™ software.

 

You will need:

 

First, a note about the differences between the stamp kit vs. the stamp sheet set:

The stamp kit comes with everything to make one stamp. It has a stamp base (a.k.a. stamp mount) and lid, a mounting block (a.k.a. stamp grip), a stamp sheet (the part that runs through the Mint), and labels.

The stamp sheet set is basically a refill. It does not come with a mounting block, but does come with two stamp carrier sheets and stamp bases so you can make two new stamps. They will fit on an existing mounting block of the same size.

Mint Stamp Kit vs Sheet Set

 

 

Now on to making a stamp! The process really is as simple as Design it. Mint it. Ink it. Stamp it.

 

Step One: Design it.

You have available in Mint Studio™ 50 free designs that are activated once you plug in and turn on your Mint. You also have access to the fonts already on your computer, some basic drawing tools like the line I used in my stamps, and some frames and fun shapes. You can also buy more designs and fonts in the Silhouette design store.

 

While designing, take advantage of the Object (Align) menu selection that allows you to align and center your shapes. Object>Align>Center to Stamp is one of my most-used functions.

ss Align Options

 

 

You can also add filters to change the look of selected objects. (The filters will only show while in the Stamp Filters or the Send to Mint windows.) I added a Mottled filter to the line(s) I drew to give it a rough look that matched my font (called Typenoksidi). The script font is Harrlems.

SS_Filters

 

 

Step Two: Mint it.

 

When your design is ready, simply go to the Send to Mint window in the software and click on Start Mint. It will then tell you to insert the stamp sheet into the Mint. Insert the stamp sheet gently into the back of the Mint, and it will print your stamp. I made the same size for each of my kids.

Mint printed stamps

 

 

At this point, peel away the cover on the stamp mount to expose its adhesive, then bend the carrier sheet on its perforated edge and peel it back so you can access the printed stamp. This stamp can be pressed on to the sticky stamp base.

Break stamp away from Mint carrier sheet

 

 

Step Three: Ink it.

 

The thermal printing of the Mint stamps will absorb the Mint ink, while the surrounding unprinted area resists the ink. Use any of the many Mint ink colors to apply ink to the printed stamp and let it sit for a few minutes (under 10 minutes is usually plenty). You can use multiple colors on the same stamp.

Mint ink on stamps

 

 

Step Four: Stamp it.

 

Stamp off the excess ink onto scratch paper until you get a clean image. Now you can use the stamp multiple times before needing to re-ink it. Remember that you can create multiple stamps for the same size mounting block. The stamp base easily slides on and off the wooden stamp grip, and each has its own lid to keep it moist.

multiple stamps for same base

 

 

My kids are thrilled to each have their own personalized stamp to claim their property! I’ll give them each their own mounting block, and we can design more stamps of the same size to add to their stamp collection.

Mint Kids Stamps_finished stamps

Kelly Wayment

Hi! I'm Kelly Wayment and am thrilled to continue on with Silhouette America's design team for a fourth term. I live in Utah with my husband of 17+ years and our four kids ranging from first-grader to teen. I work part-time as an auditor in an accounting firm, but I would always prefer to be crafting. I started scrapbooking and cardmaking in 1999, and that has spread into other crafts over the years. The Silhouette machine has literally changed the course of my life as it has turned my simple hobbies into ways to push the boundaries with my creativity, along with innumerable opportunities to teach and share that joy with others.

Products Used:

Mint Ink

Mint Stamp Kit

Silhouette Mint™ Custom Stamp Maker

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5 comments

  1. This is a great idea, but I have yet to see a stamp from the MINT that gives a crisp image. The lines are always blurred or spotty. On your stamp this is most obvious on the y of property.

    1. The post shows she set the settings in this one to make it grungy. this was on purpose. Yes all the images have some degrade. believe me Silhouette and I had huge arguments over this where I told them if they couldn’t do better than half my image missing I wanted my money back.I had to find the answer on my own. The company dident even bother trying to help me. Turns out I had to adjust the brightness settings. Now I have a fairly good address stamp with very little degrade. Now If I had just realized my actual address needed to be bigger. 🙁 live and learn.

      1. Hi Miranda,
        We are so sorry that you are feeling frustrated. I remember your call very vividly. Is there something we can do to help?

  2. These are so fun Kelly! I would have loved one as a kid. You can imagine how hard it was to find anything personalized with “Analisa” in the store 😉

    1. Yes, Analisa! My name was always easy to find, but not most of my kids. They love their stamps. 🙂

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