Rubber Stamps Vs. Acrylic Stamps

Rubber is the original style of stamp. Rubber stamps are usually constructed of a wood block, as shown here, with an image on the front, and a raised rubber pattern on the back.

Acrylic stamps aren’t mounted on anything, but instead “cling” (interchangable) to blocks of acrylic.

There are a few differences between rubber and acrylic.
Print Quality: Rubber tends to leave a more crisp impression than acrylic, but acrylic stamp technology is improving!

Obviously, size: Mounted rubber stamps are about half an inch thick. Acrylic stamps are usually a few millimeters thick.

Cost: I always shop for deals, so I’m not too familiar with average retail price of stamps, but you can find both rubber and acrylic stamps in the $1 bins. Usually you will get one rubber stamp for $1 vs. 3 or 4 smaller acrylic stamps in one package for $1. One rubber stamp (large) can start at $10 and increase in price, while sheets of acrylic stamps (10 or more stamps per package) can also start at $10.

Stamps aren’t always a regular feature at Spark a Smile, but if you’re interested in trying them out and comparing the two types, we can bring them. Please let us know!

Posted on October 26, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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