Hearing or reading the word stamp, we immediately think of the ones that needed to be dabbed on an ink pad before making an impression. Today, stamps have evolved. People have created ways to input impressions without having to dab the stamp plate on an ink pad. This is through self-inking stamps and pre-inked stamps.

Now with these stamps, does that mean you’re going to throw your traditional rubber stamp away and focus on the self-inking and pre-inked ones? Let’s think about what kinds of stamps are there are how they function first.


3 Types of Stamps


1. Self-Inking Stamp

self-inking stamps

Self Inking Stamps, as the name suggests, are stamps that can make thousands of impressions over porous and glossy surfaces without you having to dab the stamp over an ink pad repeatedly. This is how a self-inking stamp works. If the self-inking stamp is not being used, the rubber plate rests on the ink pad located inside the body of the self-inking stamp. By pressing the top of the stamp, the rubber plate is being mechanically flipped over to make an impression on the surface.

Because of this mechanism of a self-inking stamp, the impressions made on papers and documents are consistently clear and vivid. The structure for these stamps also makes it easy to carry everywhere you go. Self-inking stamps do not really cost that much, especially because of all the provision it gives to the businesses as well as the offices.


 2. Pre Inked Stamp

pre-inked stamps

Another kind stamp that most people who own a business must possess is Pre-Inked Stamps. Self-Inking Stamps is to ink pad while pre-inked stamps are for ink drops. From itself Pre-Inked, it means the ink is placed inside the stamps in advance, a little bit similar to how self-inking stamps work. The only catch is— there’s not much of an action that happens inside a pre-inked stamp.

This is how it works. The plate that’s used by these stamps allows the ink to soak through it. So if a self-inking stamp rests on the ink pad inside the body, this time, the ink sips through the plate used for making an impression. Just like a self-inking rubber stamp, the impressions that are created by these stamps are crisp and sharp. However, because of the materials used for this stamp, the price for each pre-inked stamp is a lot higher than the self-inking one.


3. Rubber Stamps

rubber stamps

Also known as the Traditional Stamp, the rubber stamp is where self-inking stamps, as well as the pre-inked ones, are derived from. These are the stamps we immediately think of whenever we hear the word stamp. These are the stamps that need to be dabbed on an ink pad, or is painted with a stamp inks before making an impression. However, although it’s called traditional stamps by some, it doesn’t mean it’s ancient. Because of its straightforward design, it’s very flexible. From stamping on walls to stamping on fabrics, even using it to stamp candles or any kind of project that requires stamping, rubber stamp can do it all.

Which is why it stamp makers and creators came up with other types of rubber stamps, these are:

  • Clear Stamps (Needs An Acrylic Block)
  • Wood Mounted Rubber Stamps
  • Unmounted Rubber Stamps
  • Foam Stamps

Each of these rubber stamps has their own purpose. Clear Stamps sticks to an Acrylic Block helping you create precise impressions on surfaces because you can see the which part of the surface will the impression be made. Contrasting to most stamps. The Wood Mounted Rubber stamps can also be used for offices and businesses for their common seals, however, today, most people prefer using the self-inking or the pre-inked ones. Unmounted ones are very useful especially if you plan on making a large impression and a huge object, commonly concrete walls. And foam stamps are used by teachers for their students to use, especially because it’s light and is easy to manipulate.


What’s The Difference Between Self-Inking Stamps, Pre-Inked Stamps, and Rubber Stamps?

Self-Inking Stamp Pre-Inked Stamp Rubber Stamp
-Affordable – Sharp and Crisp Impressions – Affordable
-Easy To Use -Easy To Use – Heavy Duty
-Vivid Impressions – Lasts Up to 40 000 Impressions -Impressions depends on the size of your ink
-Can be Re-Inked With Ink Pads – Ideal for Common Seals and Logos -Impressions depends on the size of your ink
-Can Make 5 000 or more Impressions before Needing a Refill – Easy to Carry -Ideal for Crafting Projects
– Ideal For Large-Quantity Stamping – Ideal For Large-Quantity Stamping


Final Thoughts

There’s no such thing as a perfect stamp, each stamp is unique in their own way. What makes a stamp ideal is its use.  You don’t need to buy the most expensive ones for your business or your crafting project, whether it is a Self-Inking Stamp, Pre-Inked Stamp, or a Rubber Stamp.