Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2008 - Hotel on the westside of Los Angeles
I wanted to make my own coasters for the cocktail hour using a custom rubber stamp I have. But what do I do to protect the stamped image from smearing when people actually use the coaster? Any ideas? Thanks so much!
Post # 3
I assume you are stamping them on some sort of heavy cardstock? Have you thought of embossing? Have not test the smearing factor but I would think that would hold up better then ink. Good luck and let us know what you use.
Post # 4
i think if you emboss it, it’ll be fine. embossing it would create a raised plastic-y surface over the ink, so it shouldn’t smear after you do that. you can get clear embossing powder at most craft stores.
Post # 5
I’m doing some research for a work project involving rubber stamps, and, while I’m still waiting for the official word from the "stamp dude" I have an inquiry with, it seems like there are permanent, oil-based inks out there. So, water shouldn’t damage those. But, I imagine, that it’ll also permanently stain your stamp, and have the potential, if you use dark ink, to make future stamps "funny colored" if those future ones are in light ink.
I’ll post again if I find out more before someone else gives a better answer.
Post # 6
Spray over the top with a laquer. It’s a clear coat in a spray paint can. It may take a while to dry. but you’ll be safe in knowing that your guests won’t get ink on their best dress’.
Post # 7
Thought I’d give an update on the permanent ink thing. I got the ink in last week (it cost about $25/bottle, I didn’t quite use up the bottle, but my results aren’t typical — the stamp is ginormous — 5" x 7" — and I did about 100 prints on burlap, so it soaks up more ink).
It is TOXIC!! It’s basically the ink that gets loaded into Sharpie markers, I think. Smells like it. The bottle says that it’s "harmful if in haled or absorbed through the skin"…uh-oh.
It seems to be rather smudge/waterproof, but unless you can stamp outside, and then can leave your work to dry out there, I would look into other options. This stuff is pretty nasty. (I did get some on my fingertips, and it ain’t comin’ off.) The brand name is Aero.
Post # 8
I don’t know if anyone suggested it, but there’s a spray called "Preserve-It" that you can get at Michaels. I used this to make labels for soda bottles to make them waterproof. It worked really well and I bet it would be perfect for your project, or anyone else needing to waterproof something. HTH!