I’m so, so, so, excited for today’s post! Awhile back I heard about an amazing new machine that Silhouette had come out with– The Mint! The Mint is a little (but mighty) machine that allows you to make your own rubber stamps at home. As soon as I heard about the Mint I knew that I wanted to own one. My family spends a lot of time drawing. We all have our own sketch books and we enjoy sitting around the table drawing together.
When I heard about The Mint I immediately wondered if you could turn your own drawings into rubber stamps with the machine. Guess what? You can! Not only was I excited to turn my own doodles into stamps, I also thought how amazing it would be for my kids to create their own characters and to be able to turn them into a rubber stamp! If someone had told me when I was a kid that they could they could turn my drawing into a stamp I would have been blown away!
Not only can you make stamps from your own drawings, photographs and other image files but you can also use fonts and images from the Silhouette Mint Software to create custom stamps. Basically if you can dream it, you can create it!
I was so excited to get my hands on the Mint and start playing with it. It’s a simple machine to use, but it took me quite a bit of digging and watching videos to learn how to turn your drawings into rubber stamps. It’s a super easy process once you know how, so today I thought I’d share a tutorial, walking you through step by step.
Read on to learn how to turn your drawings into rubber stamps with the Silhouette Mint!
How To Turn Your Drawings Into Rubber Stamps With The Silhouette Mint
-Black Pen (I used Tombow Dual Brush Pens to color in my drawings. I love that they have a fine point on one end which is great for outlining and a brush on the other side which is great for coloring in big areas.)
-Camera (I used the camera on my iphone)
–Silhouette Mint and Mint Software (The software comes with the machine and is easy to install on your computer)
Step 1: Select a drawing that you would like to use for your stamp. When selecting your image think about where ink will go on the stamp. For my panda stamp I traced a pencil drawing that I did onto a second sheet of paper, outlined it in black ink and then colored it in. Wherever there is black, is where your ink will go on the stamp. You’ll notice a few small changes between my original drawing and the colored in version. One change is in the paws. Different shades of grey don’t translate onto the stamp, so I made the decision to make the pads of the paws white (aka where no ink will go on the stamp pad.) Another change is with the arms and legs. I wanted to have a clear divide between the two arms and the two legs, otherwise it would have been just a big blog of black. I created a white divide between the arms and the legs to accomplish this.
Step 2: Open your Silhouette Mint software. In the bar on the right hand side you will be able to select your stamp size. If you need to get back to this to change it later on you can do so by clicking the shape that looks like a Mint Stamp Sheet in the upper right hand side of the toolbar. It’s the one between the ABC and the paint palette.
Step 3: Take a photo of your drawing in good light and send it to your computer. I did this by taking a photo using my phone and texting it to myself. Make sure you crop your image so all you can see is the white border of the paper and your drawing.
Step 4: Find your image file on your desktop or in the finder and drag the file onto the Mint software screen.
Step 5: Move your image on top of the white stamp canvas and size your drawing to the size you want it by dragging the white squares in the corner. If you don’t see the white squares at first, try clicking on the image with your mouse.
Step 6: Click on the button that looks like a paint palette button in your tool box. This will take you to stamp filters where you can play with different effects for your stamp. For this stamp, I opted for Standard. If using a photo, realistic usually works best. In this box you can also play with the brightness, turning it up or down if you need to pick up more light or dark areas of your drawing.
Step 7: Plug in your Mint and connect it to your computer. Turn on the power. You are ready to send your image to the Mint. Click the button that looks like a leaf in your toolbar. This will flip your image to it’s mirror image, so that when you stamp it’s in the same direction as your drawing. Click the “Start Mint” button then feed a stamp sheet into the back of the Mint. The machine will do the rest, pulling the stamp sheet into the machine and printing your stamp– it only takes 20 seconds or so!
Step 8: Tear the cardboard along the dotted line, remove your stamp, peel the adhesive from your stamp block, and attach your new stamp to the block, remove the protective plastic and you are ready to ink your stamp! The stamp is absorbent. Squirt each color on the stamp where you want the color to appear. For the panda stamp I just used black ink, but for my fox stamp I used brown, red and black. Leave the stamp for 30 seconds to a minute for the ink to absorb. Use a piece of scrap paper to do your first few stamps until the excess ink is removed. Each time you ink your stamp it should last for approximately 30-50 stamps.
Then– start stamping! Have so much fun! I hope that you love your new custom stamp!
I shared how easy it is to turn your drawings into a rubber stamp with the Mint on my Instagram stories. I compiled the stories into one video that you can see here. Follow me on instagram at @hellocreativecrystal.
Tell me… What’s the first stamp you would make with your Silhouette Mint?
Disclosure: Silhouette provided me with a Silhouette Mint and stamping supplies to use in this post and is providing one of my readers with a Silhouette Mint as a giveaway. As with every post on Hello Creative Family, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.
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