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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

Follow-Up : Using Other Brands of Ink with Silhouette Mint Stamps

Video Follow-Up : Using Other Brands of Ink with Silhouette Mint Stamps

A few months back, I posted a video where I tested several different, non-Silhouette brand inks with a stamp made with the Silhouette Mint custom stamp maker. My initial results were a pleasant surprise, and I discovered that, yes, you can use non-Silhouette inks with Mint stamps. Woohoo!

This video is a follow-up to the first video, which you’ll want to check out if you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. In this video follow-up, I retest a couple of inks that had promising initial results, as well as some inks that I didn’t test the last time around.

I’m happy to report that I can highly recommend four types of ink to use with Silhouette Mint stamps, in addition to the Mint brand inks themselves. These other inks allow for many, many different stamping possibilities and will give you more options than exclusively using the Silhouette Mint brand inks would.

Check out the video below to see my results and to find out which inks I recommend for Silhouette Mint stamps:

Silhouette Mint Supplies

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!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Inks ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Stamp Sheets ( AMZ / SBK )

Inks Tested in This Video

Versamark Watermark Reinker ( AMZ / SBK / SSS )
Versafine Onyx Black Pigment Inkpad ( AMZ / SSS )
My Favorite Things Premium Dye Inkpads in Blu Raspberry & Razzle Berry
Hero Arts Wet Cement Shadow Inkpad ( AMZ / SSS )
Staz On Jet Black Inkpad ( AMZ / SBK )
Ranger Jet Black Archival Inkpad ( AMZ / SBK ) – tested in the first video but mentioned in this video, too

Video : Make a Personalized Stamp with the Silhouette Mint

How to Make a Personalized Stamp with the Silhouette Mint

One of the most awesome things about the Silhouette Mint is that it allows you to make personalized stamps for all sorts of occasions. You can make everything from personalized bookplates to return address stamps, monogram stamps, and custom stamps for homemade and handmade gifts with this nifty, little machine.

In this video, I’ll show you how to make your own, personalized “baked with love” stamp that you can use to make tags and labels for home baked goodies!

Note : I was very conservative with the font size on the personalized area of the stamp since this was the first stamp that I made using a custom text area, but I could’ve gone several points smaller on the font and still had good results.

Check out the video below:

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!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com

Cupcake Cuties : Christmas Phrases Digital Stamps (baked with love)

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Stamp Kit, X-Large aka 45 x 45 ( AMZ / SBK )
Open Sans Font (free download)
white cardstock
1/4″ hole punch
scissors
ribbon

Video : Silhouette Mint vs Silhouette Stamp Material Comparison

Silhouette Mint vs Silhouette Stamp Material : Which is the Better Choice for You?

If you want to make your own, custom stamps but are unsure about whether you should use the Silhouette Mint or the Silhouette Stamp Material, then this video is for you! I’ll compare the two methods of making stamps and will give you a better idea about what types of images work best with each, which I hope will help you make the decision about which method is the best choice for the type of stamp projects that you have in mind.

In the video, I also test out a number of different brands of ink with the Silhouette Stamp Material to see which works best. My results showed that pigment inks, by far, give the best results, while dye and solvent-based inks tend to bead up on the slick surface of the stamp material and give beady and not great results. I’ll have a list of the inks that worked best for me in the area below the video.

Also, be sure to check out the following posts / videos for more information on the Mint : Unboxing the Silhouette Mint & Making a Stamp and Can You Use Other Brands of Ink with the Silhouette Mint?

Check out the video below for the Silhouette Mint vs. Silhouette Stamp Material Comparison:

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!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker Kit ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Inks ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Stamp Sheets ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Stamp Kits

Silhouette Stamping Starter Kit
Silhouette Stamp Material
Silhouette Cutting Mat for Stamp Material

Inks Tested with the Silhouette Stamp Material (good results)

VersaMagic Pigment Inks
VersaMark Watermark Ink
Avery Elle Pigment Inks ( AMZ / SBK )
Colorbox Pigment Inks (in the video, I mention that the cat’s eye inkpad size may have affected the result, but it may also have been that this is an older inkpad and wasn’t as juicy as a newer one would be)

Video : Heat Embossing with Silhouette Mint Ink

Heat Embossing with Silhouette Mint Ink

I’ve already covered watercolors in my quest to see how versatile the Silhouette Mint is, and now I want to see how it performs for heat embossing.

One of the things that I was surprised to learn while testing the ink with embossing powders is that, while it can stay wet for days or even weeks if you store your Mint stamps with the lids on them, it dries pretty quickly after you stamp it. After I discovered this, I made sure to have my embossing powder ready and waiting and poured it over the stamped area as soon as possible after stamping, and this really improved my results.

Another tip is to use a powder tool to cover the area on the paper where you’ll be stamping with a coating of powder to prevent excess embossing powder from sticking to it, just like you would with a regular stamp.

My results were definitely a mixed bag at first, but as I experimented and tested more, my results improved so much!

If you don’t have a Mint and are curious about what it does, then be sure to check out the video in this post, where you’ll see a step-by-step for designing and creating your first custom stamp with the Silhouette Mint.

Check out the video below to see which embossing powders I tested with the Silhouette Mint ink and which gave me the best 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!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker Kit ( AMZ / SBK )
EK Tools Powder Tool
Darice Embossing Multi-Purpose Heat Tool

Embossing Powders Tested

Stampendous Detail White Embossing Powder
Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder
Stampendous Ultra Detail Clear Embossing Powder*
Wow! Fluorescent Magenta Embossing Powder (similar : Wow! Fluorescent Tickled Pink)
Zing! Aqua Embossing Powder

*I think that this has been discontinued, which I didn’t realize until after I made the video. I’ve also had good results with the Judikins Clear Detail Embossing Powder.

Video : Does Silhouette Mint Ink Work with Watercolors?

Does Silhouette Mint Ink Work with Watercolors?

Wondering whether Silhouette Mint ink works with watercolors? I was, too, so I tested out several types of watercolor mediums with the black Silhouette Mint ink, which is the ink color that I use most.

Here’s a little hint about whether the Mint ink is water resistant : yes, it is! And this means that we have so, so many more creative options with our custom Silhouette Mint stamps. If you don’t have a Mint and are curious about what it does, then be sure to check out the video in this post, where you’ll see a step-by-step for designing and creating your first custom stamp with the Silhouette Mint.

Check out the video below to see the types of watercolor mediums that I tested, as well as my results with each:

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!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker Kit ( AMZ / SBK )
Strathmore Bristol Vellum Paper ( AMZ // DKB )

Watercolor Mediums Tested

Sakura Koi Watercolors
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens
Distress Markers (you should have the same or very similar results with Distress Inkpads, too)
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Faber Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils

Can You Use Other Brands of Ink with the Silhouette Mint?

Video : Testing the Silhouette Mint with Non-Mint Inks

One of the first questions that I had when I found out about the Silhouette Mint was, “Can I use other inks with it besides the inks that are made for the Mint”? If you had the same question, then check out this video, where I test a variety of different, non-Mint inks with the Silhouette Mint to see how they perform. I was pretty surprised by the results!

I mentioned earlier that this is the first of two videos. As you’ll see, I had some “technical difficulties” in this video because I only had a limited number of stamps to work with, and I’ll be retesting some of the inks under better conditions, as well as trying out some additional inks with the stamps.

I hope that you find this video to be helpful, and stay tuned for part two you can check out the follow-up right here!

Silhouette Mint Supplies

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!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Inks ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Stamp Sheets ( AMZ / SBK )

Inks Tested in This Video

Peacock Feathers Distress Inkpad ( AMZ / SBK )
Ranger Jet Black Archival Inkpad ( AMZ / SBK )
Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz Pigment Inkpad ( AMZ / SBK )
Hero Arts Mint Julep Shadow Dye Inkpad ( AMZ )
Adirondack Stream Alcohol Ink ( AMZ / SBK )
Peacock Feathers Distress Reinker ( AMZ / SBK )
Staz On Jet Black Inkpad ( AMZ / SBK )

Video : Unboxing the Silhouette Mint & Making a Stamp

Video : Unboxing the Silhouette MInt & Making a Stamp

Silhouette America released the Mint late last year, and I’m so excited about this little machine, which allows you to create your own custom stamps. In the video below, I’ll show you what’s in the box, as well as how to make your first stamp using the Mint & Mint Studio software, which is different than the regular Silhouette Studio software, though both do have a similar look and feel.

I recommend heading over to the Silhouette America website and downloading Mint Studio directly from their software page (it’s a free download) because the installation CD that’s included with the Mint may have  a version of Mint Studio that needs updating (mine did). This way, you’ll be downloading the most up-to-date version, and you won’t need to spend that extra 10 minutes or so installing the CD version before immediately updating it.

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker

Alright, are you ready to see what the Mint can do? Check it out:

Silhouette Mint Supplies

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!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Inks ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Stamp Sheets ( AMZ / SBK )