Buying rubber stamps for your company or office is your investment. You’re paying a stamp designer for a personalised rubber stamp that can be used in your office to improve the productivity in your office and finish things a lot faster than the usual.

However, when it comes to self-inking rubber stamps, you don’t know the total number it makes. Some sources say it can only last for up to 1 000 impressions while others claim that it can have a total of 5 000 impressions. Now, if you’re unsure of the total number of impressions it can make, you don’t know how frequently you need to change the ink pad.

So, to help you save money from buying a lot of inks, here are the factors that can affect the number of impressions you can make from your rubber stamp:


Text Size

text size

One thing that can greatly affect the number of impressions you can make on the self-inking rubber stamp you currently have. Bold and large letters consume more ink than the text with regular size on your stamp. Think of it as a water tank. If you fill a huge bucket with water all the time, the water from the tank becomes empty right after a few more bucketful of water. Now, think of another water tank of the same size, however this time, you’re using a regular sized bucket for getting water from the tank. Which bucket do you think can empty out the water tank faster?

Apply this idea with the ink pad you’re using on your office. Some colop self-inking stamps may make up to 5 000 impressions while others with bold letters in their rubber plate can last only up to 3 000 impressions. So, if you plan to order rubber stamps online and you want to make the ink last longer, try using a regular sized text or letters for your stamp.


Material Used

material used

Another factor that can affect the longevity of the ink pad you’re currently using for your self-inking rubber stamp is the material you’re stamping on. There are a lot of types of papers and materials that you want to use your stamp with. If the material you’re using is glossy and non-porous, then the ink used from the stamp may not be a lot. However, if you’re stamping over porous and absorbent materials, the ink from your stamp may get absorbed faster than that from glossy and non-porous materials.

Now, if the materials in your office are the absorbent kind, don’t even wonder why the ink from your self-inking rubber stamp runs out real quick. The inks from your stamp are absorbed by the material you’re stamping on. Although it may result in a crisp and clear impression, it may affect the number of impressions that can be made by the rubber stamp on your materials.



temperature gauge

The room where you’re doing all the stamping has an impact on the number of impressions a self-inking stamp can make. If the room temperature is high, the ink from the stamp may evaporate. If your ink evaporates fast, the ink from your stamp gets dried up pretty quickly, then the total number of impressions it can make is lowered down. On the other hand, if the place where you’re stamping is cool, you can make a lot of impressions from your stamp. This is because the ink was not evaporated.

Remember inks contain water, and water gets evaporated. Storing your stamp in a hot place may affect the number of impressions it can make. My advice for you is to store your rubber stamp somewhere cooler, and do your stamping there as well. You don’t want your stamp to get dried up pretty quickly, or else you’ll be buying ink pad more frequently. Storing it somewhere cool may cut up the total cost.


Ink Usedink used

The type of ink you’re using for your rubber stamp is also another factor that needs to be considered. Say, for example, solvent inks dry up quickly, whether it is used over glossy or porous materials. Another thing about solvent inks is that the impressions it makes on the materials do not last long, because as I have mentioned earlier. It dries up pretty fast.

Water-based inks, on the other hand, lasts longer. This is because water-based inks remain moist longer than that of the solvent inks. However, one thing you that you need to look out for when it comes to water-based inks is that you need to store the documents that are marked away from direct sunlight. If the documents are exposed to the direct sunlight, the mark from the document will not stay clear and vivid for a longer period of time.

If you want your impressions to last longer, you must keep your document on a cool and dry place.


Final Thoughts

When it comes to rubber stamps, especially in New Zealand, you want to make sure you can make a lot of impressions. You don’t want to order an ink pad for your rubber stamp the day after you changed your ink pad. A stamp is an investment. Maximise your investment, make sure you can make as much of impressions from your stamps, as possible.