Minting a Stamp
Open your design in Mint Studio™. Turn your Mint on and flip it over to make sure the black lever is flipped to “Lock”.
Unwrap your stamp sheet from its packaging. DO NOT remove the plastic layer covering the rubber.
Insert the stamp sheet through the back slot of the Mint arrow first. You will feel the stamp catch inside the machine.
If you haven’t already, make sure the correct stamp size is selected in the “Stamp Settings” window of Mint Studio™. In Mint Studio™, click the Send to Mint icon in the right corner. Mint Studio™ will automatically flip your stamp so you don’t have to worry about it.
Click “Start Mint” and watch the magic happen. Pull out your stamp once it has finished printing.
Assemble your block by sliding the top into place.
Remove the lid from the block.
Pull off the brown protective sheet to reveal the adhesive mat.
Take your 3D relief in hand and peel off the plastic, removing the cardboard surrounding it. There are perforated lines across the cardboard that helps make this easier.
The back of your 3D relief is coated with a sticky adhesive for easy application. Stick your stamp to the interchangeable base.
Using Mint Inks, apply ink directly to the stamp. The inner reservoir on the stamps will absorb the ink only where it is placed. Using this apply-directly-to-the-stamp method, the color goes only where you place it. After you apply ink, wait 5-7 minutes before stamping.
The first couple of times you use your stamp, the design will be blurry. The excess ink just needs to be stamped off. Use a scrap piece of paper and stamp repeatedly. When the excess ink blots off, your stamp will be crisp and clear.
Don’t forget to stamp the stamp label to put on your block so you can tell which stamp is which.
Stamp 50+ times with your custom stamp. When it runs out of ink, reapply ink (the same colors or mix it up) and stamp some more.