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Video : Silhouette Mint Stamps & Fonts (How Small is Too Small?)

Silhouette Mint Stamps & Fonts : How Small is Too Small? (Video)

How small is too small when it comes to fonts on Silhouette Mint stamps? I’ve been curious about this and, in the video below, I test out three different styles of fonts on stamps made with the Silhouette Mint to see just how small we can get before the fonts become unreadable.

The Results : I tested Arial and Georgia, two common fonts that most of us already have because they come pre-installed with many operating systems. In addition, I tested Adelicia Script, a beautiful and elegant script font with very thin upstrokes.

For Arial, I had pretty clean stamped impressions down to the 8 point size. I may go as small as 7 points, but definitely no smaller than that. The results were similar with Georgia. 8 or 9 point size is the smallest that I’d go with a serif font like this. Any smaller and the serifs (aka, the lines at the ends of the strokes) start to run together a little bit, making the final impression a little on the fuzzy side. I’d recommend using Arial or Georgia (and fonts that are similar in weight and style) on stamps that call for smaller text areas, like custom return address stamps and stamps with personalized name areas.

Unfortunately, my results with Adelicia Script weren’t great. It’s an absolutely beautiful font, but the strokes are just too delicate to work at smaller sizes on Silhouette Mint stamps. I even made a second stamp with this font so I could try out sizes that were a little larger, and I still wasn’t able to get clean stamped impressions. My recommendation for script fonts is to choose a font where the strokes aren’t too light and delicate. If you have a script font that IS on the delicate side and it includes a bold version, try that. Also, if you have a graphic software program (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) that allows you to add strokes to text, I’d recommend trying that and saving the text as a PNG file to import into Mint Studio to make your stamp. This way, you have more control over how heavy the lines are.

Check out the video below to see all of my font results:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Arial Font
Georgia Font
Adelicia Script Font
Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker
Silhouette Mint Stamp Kit, X-Large aka 45 x 45
Silhouette Mint Stamp Sheet Set X-Large aka 45 x 45
Silhouette Mint Ink, Black
white cardstock
printer paper

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