DIY: All About the Silhouette Mint Stamp Maker

December 3, 2015

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I’ve gotten a ton of your emails about the Silhouette Mint Stamp Maker, so let’s get to it!

There are three reasons to DIY:

  1. You will make people happy with your handmade goods.
  2. It’s cheaper to DIY than to buy, and even when it isn’t – who cares!
  3. DIY allows you to create customized anything. You can make a personalized tee for a friend. You can decorate a party in with your kid’s favorite colors. You can make things with curse words and sassy sayings.

I’m not ashamed to say that number three is a big part of my motivation. Potty mouthin’ is a habit of mine and when I can add a little sass to my crafts…well…I’m gonna do it.

The Silhouette Mint is one of the newest crafting machines on the scene and you guys have been chomping at the bit to get all the deets about this machine. I’m here to break it down for you in super duper detail.  Before we tackle today’s DIY, howsabout I give you all the information you need about this machine:

What the heck is a Silhouette Mint?

The Mint is a little machine – slightly smaller than a Chipotle burrito (with chicken, corn salsa and guac). It uses heat to etch custom stamp designs into little pieces of rubber. Each design takes about ten or fifteen seconds to etch.

How much is this Chipotle burrito sized machine?

Okay. Listen up. The Mint ain’t cheap. It will cost you about $100. Matter of fact,  if you hop over to Amazon right this second, you can snag it for $99.99 with Prime shipping which is the cheapest I’ve seen it for. If you are feeling like Daddy Warbucks, you can grab the big mamma jamma kit which includes the machine, all seven sizes of stamp blanks and stamp blocks, all ink colors as well as a $25 Silhouette Store credit. The value is better on this larger kit.

What do I get for that much money?

With the Starter Kit, you will receive the Mint Stamp Maker machine along with all the cords you need to power it and connect it to your computer. You’ll also get four bottles of ink, the Mint software CD, and two sizes of stamp blocks with their coordinating rubber stamps blanks. You’ll also get a free month of access to the Silhouette Store where you can grab images to turn into stamps.

Is it worth my money?

If you are a stamper, crafter, maker, shaker, generally awesome person – yes, the Mint is worth your money. For $99.99 you’ll be able to make two stamps off the bat, which might sound pricey but you’ll typically pay $40 for a custom stamp, and you’ll have to wait a couple weeks for it to arrive. Ain’t nobody got time for that. And if you get the bigger kit, your price per stamp goes to about $35 and you’ll be able to make seven stamps from the start. You’ll also have the machine at your disposal and can make a ton more custom stamps by ordering additional stamp kits and stamp pad blanks.

What size stamps can I make?

You can make seven different sized stamps: 11mm x 15mm, 15mm x 30mm, 15mm x 60mm, 30mm x 30mm, 30mm x 60mm, 45mm x 45mm (my favorite size) and 45mm x 90mm.

How the heck do I use it? 

Keep scrolling, sister friend. I’ve got a sweet tutorial coming up to answer this one for you.

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  • To use the Mint, you’ll need to start by downloading the software. Then you’ll be able to design your own stamp using fonts that you already have on your computer. You can also import your own designs. When designing your stamp, I recommend using fonts that are fairly thick so that you can get a good impression when it comes time to start stamping

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  • Click the “Send to Mint” button and feed the stamp blank into the back of the machine as shown.

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  • Once the machine is done etching the design into the stamp, Tear off the excess cardboard and remove the rubber stamp

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  • Now, grab the stamp block and peel off the adhesive covering and adhere the newly etched stamp directly onto the adhesive.

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  • Now you can add ink! Squeeze the ink bottles directly onto the stamp and allow the stamp to sit for 5-10 minutes so that the ink can be absorbed.

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  • Once the ink has absorbed, begin stamping on a piece of scrap paper. Your first impressions will be blotchy and will look terrible and you might freak out and think you’ve done something wrong. Well, you haven’t. Just keep stamping to remove that excess ink and after 5 or so impressions, you’ll start seeing your clean design.

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  • Now you can stamp the label that comes with your stamp kit to be sure you know what your stamp says.

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  • And here’s the cool part! You can slide that stamp off the block! This means you only need to buy one block per size of stamp you make since you can switch them out.

Now let’s talk about the cool things you can make with this machine! For me, I am SO excited to finally make snarky stamps that I can’t find anywhere. For you, you may want to make personalized stamps for an upcoming event or maybe you want to create stamps for each of your kids. I can pretty much guarantee that after one run with the Mint, you’ll be unstoppable. They print out so doggone quickly that you can make a ton of stamps in just a few minutes. With Christmas around the corner, I used my Mint to make a bunch of funny holiday tags.

All about the Silhouette Stamp Maker | damask love

All about the Silhouette Stamp Maker | damask love

All about the Silhouette Stamp Maker | damask love

All about the Silhouette Stamp Maker | damask love

Okay – now it’s your turn to ask the questions! Let me know what questions you have about the Mint and I’ll be sure to give you an answer. And while you’re at it, tell me what phrase YOU would make with your custom stamp maker!

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36 thoughts on “All About the Silhouette Mint Stamp Maker”

  1. I have questions…
    Do you have to have a Silhouette to use it?
    Can you stamp with ink pads
    How many impressions can you get with one inking (after all of the off-stamping?
    Thanks for the tutorial, Amber

    1. Good questions!! Here we go: First, you definitely do NOT need to own a Silhouette. I don’t own a Silhouette Cameo or Curio. Before playing with the Mint I had actually never even used the Silhouette Store before! As for stamping with regular ink pads – no, you aren’t able to do that. You will need to use the special ink that comes with your machine and Apply it in the way I show in the tutorial. Last, you will get about 50 impressions with each application of the ink and then you can reapply more ink and keep stamping! Hope this info is helpful!

        1. Way after the fact here – but I am thinking of getting a Mint (starter is on sale for only $50 right now (Sept. 2017). In my research – there are several YouTube videos testing ink pads. It does work, but with differing results. Check it out 🙂

  2. I have a question. So after you’ve invested in the machine and ink, How much does it cost to make each of the sizes of stamps? I’m so glad to know that you don’t have to store the stamps on the wooden blocks – I don’t have the room for that. I’m assuming you only need to purchase a “stamp sheet”? Thanks for this tutorial – it really helped!

  3. I love the tags you made! I got the mint for my birthday last month and quickly went through the two stamps that came with it and am (Im)patiently waiting for my refill order to come in!! I will say i did try it with regular ink and it worked…but I like the fact that you can use the Mint ink and not have to worry about having an ink pad with you! And using more than one color of course! 😀

    1. Cathy I believe you need to download using your computer.

      Thank you for this great information Amber! I’ve been eyeing the Mint for awhile…

  4. Thanks for the post!!! I have been looking at my new Mint for several days and now I have the courage to give it a go on some gift tags.

  5. Hi Amber! I just purchased the basic set for $75.99 with a’Lightening Deal’…Thank you for this awesome tutorial!

    Question: Can you use the ink on fabric, or only paper?

    1. YAY! That is a great deal on the basic set! As for stamping on fabric – I haven’t tried it yet but I imagine it could work – although I’m not sure if the ink would be permanent so you might want to stick with fabric products that wouldn’t need to be washed (e.g. fabric/muslin treat bags)

  6. I’m not one to comment usually, but I’m hoping you don’t take this too offensively.
    From the urban dictionary:
    Turnt up–
    thee act of getting drunk and high to thee highest degree
    – getting loose {whether that be just being wild or engaging in sexual activity}
    shanay got supper turnt up at thee party last night.

    I think it’s kind of sad to see this phrase as well as OMG (taking the name of the Lord in vain) used with a religious holiday, especially celebrating the birth of Christ.

    1. Instead of thanks for some great information, let’s all be Urban dictionary police. Nag, nag, nag. Oh and Merry Christmas from someone that can just read an article for the information without having to correct the author on her own blog!

    2. Considering the Christians took over a holiday that wasn’t religious on the first place, and that a lot of non-Christians celebrate, what does OMG matter. In my house, it’s Oh My Gosh or Oh My Geez.

      Way to take a great informative post into an attack.

  7. So can you explain what all of the icons in the Silhouette Mint program do?????? I really wish that there was a manual under the Help icon!!!!

  8. Great post, I’m not a silhouette girl, but I might lean toward the mint…I need to do a bit more research before my alter personality kicks in!

    Pro: I love the price
    Con: using only the ink pads included and waiting on replacements

  9. I am getting a Mint for Christmas. I bought a ton of supplies when Silhouette had their 40% off sale and free shipping.
    I just placed a preorder for the rest of the ink colors. I can not wait to get this and start using it. Will play all day Sunday with it. Happy holidays to all of you.

    Doreen

  10. What a fabulous post! I just might purchase this! It will definitely save me a ton! I’m just starting out on my small business and this will surely cut the cost of business cards, tags, & more! I’d like to ask instead of the special inks for the mint could we use our inkers that we already have? Like from Simon Says Stamp, Altenew, etc… And by the way love the tags! Definitely one of a kind!

  11. I am hoping people are reading this even though the mint came out last year. I used my new mint to make two stamps: one all-type and one with an image I downloaded from the design store and type. On my third stamp, I went very small (15×15) and just used an image downloaded from the store. I clicked on “size to stamp”. Then sent it to the mint. No other settings such as filter, etc. It seems to have etched it quite lightly, if at all. You can see a very faint gecko but it won’t ink or stamp. I know I did some kind of newbie mistake but I have no idea what. If anyone can help a sister out–these stamps aren’t cheap enough to mess up! If it matters, I purchased the 15×15 sheets on ebay. Is there a short shelf life on these? They appear genuine.

    Some comments. The ink is oil-based, so take that into consideration. I have found the ink as low as 3.99 a bottle (and less in bulk) and I have a feeling it lasts a very long time. The stamp sheets themselves–the big buy is a much better deal.

    Thank you for your help!

    1. I’m not sure if you’ll see this reply since the question is old, but make sure that your line thickness for your image is above 0, and probably .5 or above.

      Hopefully this helps!

    2. Hey there! I’m a total newbie, too, so gonna jump in with absolutely no experience under my belt … Yet! Not sure if it was here or somewhere else, but I saw that … Oh! I remember! It was on the Silhouette Blog, which I’ve also subscribed to … It was suggested to do a “line strength?” Of at least 7 or greater, depending on one’s preference. If you go to the blog and search for a Mint tutorial, I’m sure you can read what I just read. Plus, our en pointe guruess may weigh in here eventually. Hope you get to see this comment!

  12. Hiya

    This looks like a little pocket rocket and exactly what I’m looking for!

    I do love all the possibilities but I’m also wondering how the ink goes on fabric? I want to use it on canvas?

    Much love x

  13. Hi . Is there another products you could use as stamp sheet instead of silhouette as these are quiet expensive to buy.

  14. Oh. EMGeeeeeeee. I love you. You had me at “Hey Girl, let’s make stuff” and you sealed the deal with “sass”, “curse”, and “sister friend”. Oh me, oh my. I love Jesus, and I say #$%&.That’s goin’ on a T-shirt, BTW. SOON! Cuz today I open my Silhouette box. I was Mothers Day gifted with all the dollars to add to my saved pennies and nickels and dimes so I could purchase the MOTHERS DAY BUNDLE which included the Cameo 3 and the Mint and a whole bunch of added awesomeness. Can you imagine my joy? I’ve waited all week for this moment. Just happened upon you this morning. Now following you on Pinterest, Instagram, and just had to write you here. Bless your sweet self. We’re gonna have an awful lot of fun together, you ‘n me, GF. From opposite ends of this great land of ours!

    1. Cheryl! Love your spirit and YAY for that awesome Mother’s Day gift!! Have fun with it, girl and yes…we will have a blast crafting together!!!

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  16. Actually, these are not your usual rubber stamps that use an ink pad. These are SELF-INKING stamps, in effect, but as you are the maker of the stamps, you need to apply the ink. This rubber material has pores to hold the ink, rather than just taking some ink on the surface. An ink pad may or may not work, but that is not what was intended to use these stamps. I just installed the machine and going to make a stamp of a company logo and see if it works on small cloth bags. I have a Portrait and SD cutter, the big red machine, as well as a 12 ton hydraulic press that I use with steel rule dies. These are all used in my little business.

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