I just had the pleasure of testing out the Silhouette Mint – a custom stamp maker – and boy was I impressed. For starters, I had no idea that one could design and print their own stamps at home. Secondly, it was so easy and effortless!
The Mint is a $49.99 device that uses thermal printing to ‘etch’ 3D reliefs on “Mint Stamp Sheets” – these are special sheets that become the actual stamp. Mint ink is then applied to the design and this can last up to around 50 stamps before needing to re-apply.
Design it, Mint it, ink it, stamp it.
What’s in the box
- Silhouette Mint™ Custom Stamp Maker
- 15 mm x 60 mm stamp kit
- 30 mm x 30 mm stamp kit
- 4 ink bottles in black, red, blue, and yellow
- 50 exclusive stamp designs
- Power cord
- USB cord
- Mint Studio™ Software installation CD
- Quick Start Guide
In the package you’ll receive when you purchase the Mint, apart from the Mint Custom Stamp Maker you’ll also get two stamp kits of different sizes, 4 ink bottles (Red, Yellow, Blue and Black) and a free limited access to the Silhouette design store where you can access thousands of stamp designs.
Setting it up
Couldn’t be easier. Just plug in the power cord and USB cable and launch Mint Studio. Here you can browse through a huge number of designs and Mint one you like, or else you can also design your own.
I’ll spare you the details of installing the software to keep this piece short but I promise it was easy. After launching the software I had to choose which size stamp I wanted to design – all you have to do is look at the physical stamp kit where a number will be written (for example 30×30) and match that to the stamp size in Mint Studio. I went through some of the designs available in the store but eventually decided to design my own. My wife loves making home made products to gift to people like lemon curds, jams etc and she asked if I could design a stamp for her to use. I came up with the following design and she seemed to be very happy with it too – so I was ready to Mint it!
Before I hit send I had to insert the stamp kit into the Mint – make sure to push the side with the arrow on it into the thermal printer.
And that was it! I hit send on Mint Studio and within less than a minute (I’m not joking) I had a thermally printed stamp sheet with my own personal design!
The next step was to attach the stamp to the stamp base. There was a perforated line towards the top of the stamp kit which I needed to tear open to release the actual stamp. I then peeled the adhesive sticker of the stamp base and carefully adhered my stamp to it. The final step was to then take the ink and trace the outline of the freshly minted stamp with it – you’ll notice that it slowly gets absorbed into the stamp material within 5 minutes.
Et voilà! That’s it! The first few stamps are ‘wasted’ so to speak to get rid of the excess ink that wasn’t absorbed, but after that you’re good to go! The stamp base even comes with little adhesive labels which you stamp and stick on the base lid to help recognize which base holds what after you’ve put them away.
This is a perfect device to have for the home DIYers out there who love to make crafts for themselves or their kids and for parents creating scrapbooks with their little ones. It can’t be easier to design and create your own stamp – and as I’m sure you already know, nothing beats home-made!