Post # 1
Hi All! I’m a newbie and this is my first post. I’ve done a lot of reading on here and you girls seem to know everything! I am considering, highly considering, making my own invitations and save the dates. Any ideas where to get good rubber stamps? Any ideas will be much appreciated!
Post # 3
It can be something of a laborious search, but I have found TONS of great stamps on ebay. I like Joann’s over Michael’s for stamps, just because they usually have a better selection and better prices online.
Be sure that if you decide to stamp and emboss, you use colored pigment ink and clear powder. Otherwise, you’re likely to end up with lots of flecks of colored powder that are hard to remove, especially if you use textured paper.
Of course, don’t forget to have fun!!
Post # 4
@driftslikesmoke – what is the clear powder for?
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA
My favorite rubber stamp store: Impress Rubber Stamps. Their custom stamps are wonderful as well… in case you’d like to make your own!
Stampin’ Up also has a wonderful line of products as well!
Post # 6
@rnc620: If you’re embossing, the powder is what you sprinkle onto your pigment ink and then heat with your heat gun to make a raised imprint rather than a flat one. If you use a clear powder, not only will your stray flecks NOT show up, but you’ll also end up with a raised stamp in the color of your ink. Miss Fondue and Miss D’Orsay have both had posts on this. If it weren’t so late, I’m sure I could be clearer in my description.
Does that make sense?
Post # 7
@driftslikesmoke – got ya. I thought you meant for the rubber stamp. Didn’t even consider that you were talking about embossing.. like you said; it’s late.
Post # 8
Another thing you might consider is using the clear acrylic stamps with a fiskars stamp press. It makes it easier to line up, especially if you have more than one stamp that you want to use because then you can do all the stamps at once and get a consistant layout. And, it gives you grid lines to line up your paper too.
I’m not sure if you’ll know what I’m talking about with the clear acrylic stamps… They have them at Archivers, but I don’t know how many places have an Archivers store. Basically, it is the stamp portion without the block. Hope that makes sense.
Post # 9
Also, check out Etsy for custom stamps. A great site, everything is either handmade or vintage and pretty much everyone there is happy to do custom work!
Post # 10
I have had great luck with Etsy. I had a return address stamp made by Terbearco and a clear acrylic stamp of our wedding monogram made by JMould. Both turned out wonderful and they are willing to custom make anything your heart desires for a pretty reasonable price. I think the retrun address one ended up costing me like $15 plus shipping and it was one of those nice wooden ones with the handle. The clear acrylic one ended up being about $10 and came with its own clear block for stamping.
Also AC Moore, Michaels, and Joann’s sell both the wooden and clear stamps and all the embossing powder, gun, and ink you could need!
Post # 11
I found one on etsy that was perfect!! i used it for my save the dates & will be using it on the invites too! the seller was awesome & so fast!!
Post # 12
Joann’s Fabric & Craft Store has a decent selection, I like all that I’ve bought from there thus far.
Miss Lemon mentioned http://www.impressrubberstamps.com, which are not too bad. I had some issues with them, because they didn’t send me what I ordered. But they quickly remedied the problem, and it seems to work fine. (But not as good as my faves from Joann’s!)
Post # 13
We went with custom stamps from Impress Rubber Stamps and I can second that that they are excellent. We had ordered custom monograms from Creative Montage and sent them in to Impress. They came back great and so far we’ve used them on thank you cards, coasters, the invites and we plan to use them on programs and menus. The Impress stamps come with nice, traditional wooden blocks which I love and I feel they’ll last for a long time so I’m glad we got one with the date and one without. Never know what new uses we’ll come up with!
Post # 14
I made my own invites as well and I will be making my programs too!!! I used CLEAR STAMPS instead of a traditional rubber stamp because it allows you to actually see and measure out where you are stamping on. There are TONS to choose from and I got mine from Micheals…I find that they have the best stock and I took advantage of the 40% or 50% off coupons and it was a good deal. Just make sure you buy a few packs of ink if you’re going to be making lots because I only bought 1 inkpad and I ran out and I went back to get more but the store was out of them!! I had to call around other stores to find the exact same inkpad because of course it had to be the exact same to match. I got lucky and found ONE inkpad at some random store in my colour but I had to order in more. So stock up on inkpads before you start!!!
Post # 15
If you have a Hobby Lobby store near you (I think they’re a Midwest thing), they have great collections of stamps. I always drool when I’m home because I think they have bigger selections that even Michaels or Joanns.
Post # 16
It depends on what type of stamp or rather what design you are looking for. Awhile back I was looking for cherry blossoms, and was having a heck of a time finding them. If you are looking form soemthing in a broader category check Mciahels, Joann Fabrics. Also try Ebay if you are looking for something more specific. Or check out the martha stewart site, she shows a long time ago how to make your own rubber stamp.
Hope that helps