Clear Stamps Support

Contents

Please select the area of support you require below

Artwork Sizes & Templates 

Below is a list of all the artwork sizes we offer. When designing your artwork please ensure it fits into the below artwork size. You can place your images edge to edge on the page. The finished size is the size your stamps will be cut down to, from the A4 sheet.

ARTWORK LAYOUT EXAMPLES

A visual idea of how to layout your artwork for each size of stamp sheet

ARTWORK TEMPLATES

Download the correct size template below and use this to place your artwork inside to ensure it is the correct size.

(Note template is a blank file sized correctly to your required size)

Artwork Features

Your artwork needs to meet the following specifications

Accepted File Formats

Please ensure when sending artwork in PSD, Ai or CDR file format that the files are flattened and there are no layers. If you are using a paid font please esnure to embed this into the document. Alternatively you can supply the font file or export the file to a PDF.

Submitting stamp artwork from a handrawn image

If you have hand drawn your designs then you need to ensure the lines are dark enough so they can be pick up on the scanner. To do this go over your lines with a fine liner or black pen.

(If the lines are too light the scanner won’t pick up the detail and parts of the image can become lost)

Scan your image. It is recommended to scan at 300dpi as a PDF. Ensure the scanner is free from dust before scanning in your design.

On sending in your scanned design please specify the size the stamp should be to ensure it has been converted correctly.

Submitting Artwork

Please send all artwork to artwork@photocentric.co.uk.

Ensure the artwork is sent as an attachment and not embeded into the body of the email as this causes the resolution to be lost. Your artwork always remains your property and we are dedicated to ensuring your designs remain secure.

If your artwork exceeds the mail size limit then send us a data transfer link. Simply upload your artwork to dropbox, wetransfer or another file sharing service and send the link to artwork@photocentric.co.uk

When sending in your artwork please supply a separation guide as the one below which highlights the individual stamps on the set so we can create the mask correctly.

Approval Process

Once you have submitted your artwork please allow up to 48 hours while your artwork is being processed before recieving your negative for approval.

Once you artwork has been made by our dedicated artwork team you will recieve a proof to approve. The white area shows the mask which separates the stamps and gives the stamps it’s structure.

 

Please note we cannot proceed with your order until you have sent us written confirmation on email that the artwork is approved. Delays in approving artwork may result in delays to production.

Changes to artwork

If at any point you wish to make changes to your designs these must be sent in writing via email to our Artwork Team. Please make it clear what changes are to be made to prevent delay or changes being processed incorrectly. Changes to designs should be submitted by sending the old incorrect file, circling what has changed and then sending new corrected files clearly marked.

The artwork department will then amend your files and send you a new negative to approve of the amended design. One approved the old file on our system will be deleted.

Please note there will be a charge of £30 / €40 for any changes made to artwork that has already been approved. This fee will also be charged for any work our artwork team has to complete to bring your artwork up to specification (i.e. thickening lines, moving images, etc).

Help you understand us

Below is a guide to our terminology we use when working with your designs to help you understand each stage of the artwork process.

This is the term we use for your design files. Artwork files are needed for both stamps and inserts.

This is the clear plastic film which protects the stamps front and back. Acetate sheets can be kept and reused for storage, as the stamps can easily be peeled off and on again.

A negative is what we make instead of creating a mould. It is made up of black and clear areas in your design – the UV light shines through the clear parts and forms your stamp.

The mask is similar to the negative, and again is made up of black and clear areas. The mask creates the outlines for the stamps, and means that each stamp is produced individually, so they don’t need to be cut.

Contents

Select the area of support you require below

Insert Sizes & Layout Examples

Below is a list of the insert sizes to accomodate your stamp design.

Please ensure to add 3mm bleed on each side of the insert. Refer to the Insert examples for more details if needed.

INSERT LAYOUT EXAMPLES

A visual guide of how to layout your inserts for each size. Download your size below.

Insert Features

Your insert files need to meet the following specifications

Please supply your Colour Ref on sending inserts to ensure we match your colours.

Colour Mode

We accept the below colour modes for inserts.

Accepted File Formats

Please ensure when sending artwork in PSD, Ai or CDR file format that the files are flattened and there are no layers. If you are using a paid font please esnure to embed this into the document. Alternatively you can supply the font file or export the file to a PDF.

Submitting Inserts

Please send all inserts to artwork@photocentric.co.uk.

Ensure the insert artwork is sent as an attachment and not embeded into the body of the email as this causes the resolution to be lost.

If your insert artwork exceeds the mail size limit then send us a data transfer link. Simply upload your insert artwork to dropbox, wetranfer or another file sharing service and send the link to artwork@photocentric.co.uk

When sending in your inserts please ensure it is clear which insert is for which design. If you can include a guide this will help ensure the correct inserts are printed with the correct designs.

Help you understand us

Below is a guide to our terminology we use when working with your inserts to help you understand each stage of the insert process.

This is the printed backing card which can be packed in with your stamps. Inserts are printed on 220gsm matt paper.

This is an additional 3mm area around all sides of the insert file. This should just be colour or the pattern extended to allow for slight variation when cutting so that the cut is up to the edge of the sheet. Do not include any text in this area.

All our stamps are packed into Crystal Clear self-seal Bags, which are ideal for protecting and displaying your stamp sets. They even come with a hanging slot at the top for hanging display in stores.

UK Shipping Costs

European Shipping

Prices above are for each box weighing up to 30kg Max Dimensions 1m in length

Help you understand us

Below is a guide to our terminology we use when processing your orders, to help you understand each stage of the despatch process.

Delivery Time

This is how long it takes our courier to deliver to you. If you would prefer to organise your own courier or would like to explore other options, just let us know.

Despatch Date

This is the date your order is estimated to despatch, not the date it will be delivered to you. You will recieve this information once your order is scheduled.

Express Delivery

Depending on your location, we can upgrade your delivery to next working day (outside the UK). Within the UK, and in some locations throughout Europe, a guaranteed morning delivery may also be available.

Express Production

At various times throughout the year, we offer an express production service, meaning your stamps will be produced within 5-7 working days. There is a small additional charge for this, but can be a useful option if you find yourself in urgent need of stock unexpectedly quickly.

Production Time

This is how long we estimate it will take to produce and get your order ready to despatch to you.

Directions of Use

How to apply ink to the stamps

Which material can you mount your stamps to?

Which materials can you use to stamp onto?

Press the ink pad lightly and evenly to the entire surface of the stamp. Ensure you don’t over-ink or fine detail will be filled in.

The acrylic blocks we supply are ideal for mounting stamps as they are clear and flat. You can use any surface that is dust-free, doesn’t bend and is flat.

Our stamps can be used on many materials including; card, paper, fabric, walls, MDF/wood and any other smooth/flat surface where you can apply ink or paint. They can also be used to create impressions or textures on precious metal and polymer clays.

Care Tips for your clear stamps

Storage of stamps

How to clean your stamps after use

If the stamp has lost is stickiness how to attach to a block for stamping

Store your stamps back on the printed acetate that it was supplied with. Keep them out of sunlight in a dry place.

Clean your stamps in washing up liquid and water. You can use solvent cleaners, but some can attack plastics. If you want to use a stamp cleaning solvent to remove permanent ink staining use it quickly and do not leave your stamp standing in the solvent. You can prevent most inks from staining stamps by using either a clear watermark ink or Versafine clear ink on the stamp first to protect it.

If cared for correctly your stamp will stay sticky for life. If it loses stickiness it should return if the back is washed in soap and water. Leaving it in sunlight can reduce the stickiness of the back. In which case you can sand the back.

Recommended Inks

Pigment based inks

Pigment inks work well for heat embossing with powder and heat gun as they stay wet longer than dye inks and they give crisp, clean images. We recommend Versafine as the number one ink to use with our stamps. It is a quick drying oil-based pigment ink. It is archival and resists water so you can use it with watercolours. It cleans with water and will not stain your stamps. If you are going to use your stamps with coloured, clear or white inks you will need to get them clean or the ink will transfer. If you are stamping on a slick surface like shrink plastic-stamp, first on a piece of scratch paper then the stamps won’t slip as easily.

 

Solvent based inks
Solvent inks are great for permanent strong inking, we recommend Staz-on. They impart very minor damage to the photopolymer. The solvent cleaners will eventually damage the polymer. Do not use Staz-on if you are going to colour with Copic markers as it will damage them.

Recommendations for using solvent based inks with clear stamps
1. Use solvent based cleaners sparingly. Solvent based cleaners are more damaging to the stamp than the ink you are removing. So if you can use cleaners, do so sparingly.
2. Create a pigment barrier between the polymer and ink by applying a water based ink before applying your solvent ink. This will prevent the solvents from coming into direct contact with the polymer.
3. Wash ink off immediately with soapy water.

 

 

Dye based Inks
Dye inks are quick drying inks that are water based and dry almost instantly, such as Memento ink from Tsukineko and Archival ink from Ranger. They will stain photopolymer stamps. If you are just using black or darker inks then it doesn’t matter and it will be difficult to tell if the stamps are clean. You can prevent most inks from staining by using either a clear watermark ink or Versafine under ink. The Distress inks from Ranger are also dye inks they have different properties to regular dye inks and give a mottled, distressed look not crisp, clean solid images.

 

Chalk inks
Chalk inks are pigment type inks but they have a flat matte finish like chalk pastels and they are archival.

 

Hybrids inks
Hybrid inks from companies like Stewart Superior offer the best of both dye and pigment inks and are well worth trying. However they will stain polymer stamps.

 

Watermark Inks
Watermark inks such as Versamark work excellently, particularly for embossing. You can get some great results stamping with a watermark ink and letting it dry and then applying chalks over the image it-you can make images any colour or a tone of the background paper.

 

Fabric inks
There are also specialty fabric inks available that are permanent and will not wash out if you heat set them. They do dry out fairly quickly and you need to re-ink them regularly. They do a great job but the colours are limited.

 

Acrylic Paint
You can use acrylic paint on your photopolymer stamps, just make sure you clean it off right away. It works best on the more bold and chunky types of stamps as it tends to fill in the very fine detail and give you blobs of paint. There is a fabric medium you can purchase to mix with the paint to create your own fabric paints.

 

What is the returns policy?

Quality and customer satisfaction is of the utmost importance to us. In the unlikely event of damage or a fault, please contact us using the form below as soon as possible and we will ensure any issue is promptly rectified.

 

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