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Case Study – Stamps for cardboard boxes and paper bags

A customer asked if we could make rubber stamps for cardboard boxes. They had a logo which was in two colours. Read our June case study

stamps for cardboard boxes

What was the problem this customer needed solving?

Customer: Hi there can you make a custom stamp to print my logo on my cardboard courier bags and stamp on my paper bags.

Self-Inking Stamps: Usually we can. How can we help with your stamp design?

Customer: I have my logo which is in two colours and I want to make a stamp with my design to stamp on cardboard courier bags.

Self-Inking Stamps: That sounds like something we can do. How big do you need this stamp mark to be?

Customer: I want it quite large and in two colours like my logo.

Self-Inking Stamps: Oh, dear that is a large stamp. It is larger than our largest multi-colour self-inking stamps. Actually, that is larger than any self-inking stamps we usually make.

Self-Inking Stamps: We can make that as a single colour custom hand stamp with a separate ink pad.

Customer: Is there any way to hand colour the parts and stamp or make two stamps to mark with?

How did we help them solve the problem?

Okay so this is a tricky one and we can offer a possible solution. While hand applying ink to the specific parts of a stamp and then mark is possible this takes a huge amount of time and extreme care applying the ink to the stamp.

We have made in the past special custom hand stamps with a special base plate and a jig. This is a lower cost than a big print run. Just make the number you need.

You place the jig down first where you need the mark. This can make precise positioning possible. We make the jig to the exact size required. It might be a precise measurement from the edge of business card or paper to imitate printing.

Then the stamp is picked up, over to the ink pad to be inked in preparation to mark paper and then over to the jig. Carefully resting against the jig and pushing down to make a mark.

With this same process we could use the jig to work with multiple stamps and then each stamp can be inked in a different stamp ink pad colour. Then each in progression can be used to build the image up.

It could be quite accurate. Each one could mark a different place without contaminating the last mark or the ink on the stamp. It does take a lot of time to do and takes a lot of care when you do that.

What was the outcome for this custom rubber stamp solution?

As this project is for an artist care and attention to detail is what she does so the process of stamping twice with different stamps was just the solution for her stamping needs.

Self-Inking Stamps made three laser cut precise acrylic pieces which fit each other. The ‘L’ shape jig which specially locates the two stamps where that stamp mark needs to be placed. The other two pieces were for a base plate to the stamps.

stamps for cardboard boxes

These have to be very precise with handle position so that the pressure is in the correct balanced position for the stamp rubber. Recycled wooden handles were glued and screwed to the base plates.

These handles make it easy to move the stamp and get to the ink pad and to the packaging for stamping. Then there were two ink pads. The eventual size of the stamp was figured out by adjusting the size to fit specific ink pads and the budget. Combining some specific graphic design and very precise laser engraving and laser cutting a project like this is possible. It does take time to achieve, however.

The end result here is fantastic. A beautiful art stamp for stamping packaging as required. There is a lot of money that can be saved by using a stamp to mark your brand on packaging. Only the number actually required can be made. This also saves a lot of waste.

For this project, a few products were required:


Specific campaigns can be custom made and performed. If cleverly planned the jig and stamps could be repurposed many times. The design is always stored in our electronic files. This means we can make replacement rubber stamp dies for the stamps to be repurposed for a new campaign. Again, this saves waste and lowers the lifetime cost of the stamps.

If you are looking for low cost custom packaging printing, then a custom made stamp might be your solution.

Contact our custom rubber stamp team for more information.

If you are needing something like this custom made contact us and ask whether it can be done. You might be pleasantly surprised. Stay up to date with our latest news and promotions on FacebookLinkedInTwitter, and Google.

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