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Silhouette Mint Stamps + Versamark Reinker for Heat Embossing (Video)

Silhouette Mint Stamps + Versamark Reinker for Heat Embossing (One More Round)

I’ve already gone a couple of rounds with Silhouette Mint stamps and Versamark Watermark Ink for heat embossing and, to this point, the results have not been great. I’m giving one more round with the Versamark Reinker, and I’m using a tip that I picked up from viewer Mary, who said that she uses a baby wipe to wipe excess ink from the entire stamp before stamping with it. She’s been getting great results with this method and the Silhouette Mint brand ink, so I thought I’d give it a shot with the Versamark ink.

I also wanted to see whether the type of image that you use for the stamp makes any difference in the results, so I made one stamp with a more complex image (a monogram from my Classic Monogram Wreaths font) and one a simple image with a lot of solid areas (I used a letter from the Chunk Five font – it’s a free download).

Unfortunately, even after generous use of a powder tool, I was not able to get consistently crisp and clean heat embossed images with either stamp. There was always some excess embossing powder that stuck in the areas around the stamped image. With the more simple image stamp, you can much more easily come in with small, dry paintbrush and remove some of that excess embossing powder. But, for me, the quality of the results just wasn’t worth the effort that it took to get there.

The results aren’t bad, per se, but they’re not as good as I’d like them to be, especially since you’ll need to stamp out at least a dozen or more impressions just to get to the point where the heat embossed images look decent. I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer but, unfortunately, Versamark doesn’t seem to be an ink that plays well with Mint stamps. I’ve gotten better results using Silhouette Mint brand colored inks for heat embossing. They’re not perfect, but they’re not too bad.

NOTE : In person, the amount of excess embossing powder left around the stamps is more pronounced. I turned down the brightness in parts of the video so you can see it better, but it’s still hard to see just what it looks like in person.

Check out the video below to see how I set up the stamps in Mint Studio, as well as the testing and results with the Versamark reinker:

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!

– Classic Wreath Monograms Dingbat Font
ChunkFive Font
Silhouette Mint Studio Software

Silhouette Mint Supplies

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker
Silhouette Mint Stamp Kits (with the stamp base / block)
Silhouette Mint Stamp Sheet Sets (just stamp sheets)
Silhouette Mint Inks

For Heat Embossing

Versamark Reinker
Neenah Solar White Cardstock (80lb.)
EK Tools Powder Tool
Ranger Embossing Powder, Liquid Platinum
Darice Multi-Purpose Heat Tool
– baby wipes
– paper towels

How to Store Silhouette Mint Stamps Unmounted / Foam Mounted (Video)

How to Store Silhouette Mint Stamps Unmounted / Foam Mounted

After my recent video about how to use Silhouette Mint stamps with a stamp platform, a couple of you asked me how I store the stamps since they’re not mounted in the same way as you would mount them if you were using them with the Silhouette Mint stamp mounts. This is a great question, and it’s one that I actually hadn’t thought about when I first posted the video. But the great news is that there’s a quick and easy way to store the unmounted or EZ Foam mounted stamps without having to buy something special to store them in.

If you’re using something like the EZ Mount Static Cling Mounting Foam to mount the stamps on the stamp platform, you won’t be able to close the lid on the Silhouette Mint stamp mount if you pop the mounted stamp directly into it because the mounted stamp + thin piece of adhesive foam that comes on the Silhouette Mint stamp mounts will be too thick for you to be able to snap the lid on. So, in order to store the stamps, you’ll just need to remove the thin piece of adhesive foam that is on the Silhouette Mint stamp mounts. Once you get going, you can get it off pretty quickly. It didn’t come off neatly in one piece, but it wasn’t too difficult to get off.

You can see in the video below that I didn’t do a very meticulous job of getting that foam off, but you don’t need to get every little bit off in order for this to work. Just make sure that you remove the thick pieces of the foam – if there’s a little bit of adhesive with a very thin coating of the foam still on there, it’s not a big deal. After that, you can pop the stamp into the mount and press the lid on. It won’t click on quite as tightly as it normally would, but the lid will still be on their tightly enough that you won’t have to worry about it coming off when you store the mount or move it around. In addition, because the EZ Mount Foam is thicker than the foam that comes on the Mint stamp mounts, the stamp will be pressed right up against the lid and will leave an inked impression. But that’s doesn’t seem to affect anything, so no worries.

Check out the video below to see how to store unmounted / foam mounted Silhouette Mint Stamps:

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!

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker
Silhouette Mint Stamp Kits (with the stamp base / block)
Silhouette Mint Stamp Sheet Sets (just stamp sheets)
Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
EZ Mount Static Cling Mounting Foam

How to Use Silhouette Mint Stamps with a Stamp Platform (Alternate Method – Video)

How to Use Silhouette Mint Stamps with a Stamp Platform (Alternate Method)

A little while back, I shared my method for using Silhouette Mint stamps with a stamp platform, and the results were great! In the video below, I’ll show you an alternate way of using the Silhouette Mint stamps with a stamp platform, this time by raising the surface that you’ll be stamping on instead of making the stamp sheet thicker with something like the EZ Mount Static Cling Mounting foam that I used in my earlier video. This method uses a mousepad, which is something that most of us already have around, so you won’t need to purchase any new supplies to make the Mint stamps work with a platform if you already have a plain, flat mousepad.

The results with the mousepad were pretty darn good but, if you’re using a stamp platform like the Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Stamp Platform that I use, you won’t be able to use the magnets that come with it if you want the mousepad method to give good results. Because we’re raising the stamping surface, the magnets create a gap between the lid of the platform and the stamping surface, so stamped impressions will be uneven and lighter in the areas where the magnet are.

If you still want to be able to hold your cardstock or whatever you’re stamping on in place, you can always use some removable double-sided tape on the back of your cardstock to hold it temporarily in place while you’re stamping so it doesn’t have a chance to shift around at all.

Check out the video below to see the process and 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!

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker
Silhouette Mint Stamp Kits (with the stamp base / block)
Silhouette Mint Stamp Sheet Sets (just stamp sheets)
Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
Silhouette Mint Black Ink
Scotch Removable Double-Sided Tape
a mousepad (similar to the one at the link)
printer paper
paper towels

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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