A custom hand stamp is available in all sorts of sizes to suit your needs. These stamps are priced by their size, width x height. Enter your ideal size and we can give you a price.
What can I put on my Custom Hand Stamp?
Any shape is possible, we cut the base plate to your requirement. Use your image or text or have both image and text. Only your imagination is the limit here. For a circle shape stamp the height of the ink pad will limit the size. Think 63mm maximum diameter on the small ink pad, 83mm round maximum on the medium pad and 120mm maximum on the really large ink pad.
Send us your image as a vector file or pdf file preferably as these work better generally in our engraving machine.
How much will a custom hand stamp cost?
Priced by their size Width x Height mm of the final stamp size.
We will advise once proofed what the final price will be.
From $44.00 to $85.00 at 103 x 63mm maximum size in a 110 x 70mm ink pad.
Up to $127.00 at 153 x 83mm maximum size in a 160 x 90mm stamp ink pad.
Or for the hugely expensive 230 x 130mm massive ink pad the stamp at maximum size to fit is $236.00.
What is the custom hand stamp made of?
Our hand stamps are very basic. Function is their purpose rather than beauty. Generally these were introduced to the product range to compliment the self-inking stamps in larger or unusual sizes or for those people who like the tradition of a hand stamp.
Created with a 30 or 40mm round base wooden handle in a variety of timbers (generally Rimu, Macrocarpa, Pine, Kauri, Walnut, Mahogany and Oak) as these are recycled from offcuts and reworked to these items. This timber type varies on each small batch made and supplied. We recently have a new craftsman supplying our handles, our handles are now polished they look and feel great.
Then a 6mm thick casted acrylic base plate laser cut to the shape of the stamp image is glued and screwed to the handle.
Onto the base plate is fixed the laser engraved rubber die.
How big can I have a custom hand stamp?
The rubber sheets we engrave with the laser engraver are A4 sheet size 210 x 297mm however we do not advise this size of stamp.
The larger the stamp the harder it is to get a quality stamp from. Larger stamps are better on a rocker or curved base plate which we do not make.
The size of a hand stamp is governed by the size of ink pad you have. If you can’t ink it up it has no value as a stamp.
The stamp needs to be around 7mm in size less than the size of your ink pad to allow the base plate plus moving the stamp to ink up. The more space you have the easier to get a few places to dab the stamp around is.
The most common pad size is 110 x 70mm. This would mean a 103 x 63mm maximum size of stamp.
Next up is the 160 x 90mm stamp pad which you can a maximum of 153 x 83mm for the stamp.
If you are feeling rich then the really large one is the 230 x 130mm which you can fit a 223 x 123mm one in theory. Be careful with these as the larger the stamp is the harder it is to get a quality print from.
How long does it take to make my hand stamp?
The first stage is to finalize a proof of the stamp. If you supply a image file in vector or pdf form and it needs no changes the proof is completed within 24 hours.
Once you approve the proof for manufacture the stamp components are made within 24 hours.
Once you pay for the order it is assembled and dispatched.
Then the completed stamp is put on the next courier pick up which is generally 3:00pm weekdays. Urgent ones for Auckland city only can be dispatched in the morning in the hope to cross the city during the day.
So all up 3 working days from inquiry to stamping. This is regularly beaten, we regularly have ones that the proof is perfect from submission overnight or early morning, approved before 10:00am, made and on the courier at 3:00pm. Every day is different however.
What stamp ink pad can I use with my hand stamp?
The standard ink is water based and works well with the stamps on matt paper or cardboard.
You can also use the alcohol based ink for fast drying situations on glossy paper, plastic etc. See the Noris 007 inks.
See the full range of stamp pads here.
- Make sure you are stamping on a flat surface
- Have something that will have a very small amount of flex in the surface underneath your paper, we use 10 or more pages of paper underneath and find this gets the image to all the edges better
- Larger stamps are harder to get a quality stamp image from each time. Care and attention is required for the best results. Don’t be too fast, press and wait before taking the stamp off the paper. Make sure even pressure is applied over the entire image, use your fingers and press the edges to make sure on big stamps. If you are stamping bags make sure there is not a fold in the bag under the area you are stamping as this will leave a gap along the image next to where the extra layers of paper are. That’s right only one layer of paper could leave a gap in the stamp image made.
- Broad ink areas tend to mottle in the ink coverage. This will be random and variable each time you use it. This is more pronounced in stamps with what we term ‘knock out’ images. This is where the stamp is a solid ink area and the image is a gap in the ink area coloured by the paper it is used on.
- Try to keep your image lines thicker than 0.2mm
- Keep fonts larger than 6.5 point