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Black Ink pads: Which is best? The ultimate guide

Here at Get Stamped we stock a wide range of colourful ink pads to suit your crafting needs, however, when it comes to providing a clear, bold print with no messing around, black is the obvious choice, standing out on most surfaces and colours. So that got us thinking – what is the best black ink pad out there? 

Not long after, we gathered all the black ink pads we could find – a whopping total of 22 – to run the ultimate test of which is best!

Ink pads tested

We swatched the following 22 ink pads, using a stamp we designed and created, on thick white paper.


  1. Q-Connect in Black
  2. Trodat Classic 9053
  3. StazOn in Jet Black
  4. VersaFine Clair in Nocturne
  5. Ranger Pigment Ink Pad in Black Tie
  6. 5 Star Office in Black
  7. Crystal Craft Black
  8. VersaColor in Black
  9. VersaFine in Onyx Black
  10. Ranger Distress Oxide in Black Soot
  11. Colop Micro2 in Black
  12. Dovecraft Black
  13. VersaCraft in Real Black
  14. StazOn Pigment in Piano Black
  15. Finesse by SpectrumNoir in Noir Black
  16. Fabric Ink n Real Black
  17. Memento in Tuxedo Black
  18. Memento Luxe in Tuxedo Black
  19. Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
  20. Hero Arts in Intense Black
  21. VersaMagic in Midnight Black
  22. Brilliance Archival Ink Pad in Graphite Black

We then rated the ink pads based on the clarity of the print, and the boldness of the print/colour.


After testing out all of the ink pads, we found most of them to give decent results, although a few stood out as either particularly good and bad. We found pads 2, 8 and 9 – the Trodat Classic; VersaColor and VersaFine, respectively – for example, to give the clearest prints.

These three pads also had good colour payoff, along with ink pads 7, 12, 16 and 18, however as you can see some of these ink pads suffered on the clarity side, showing evidence of bleeding or fading over time.

So, what was the conclusion?

Well, by and large we found that number 9, the Versafine Onyx Black, offered the most consistency across both clarity and colour payoff, printing each detail of the stamp clearly whilst also providing a rich black colour without bleeding or smudging. We’re pretty pleased with these results although not wholly surprised as this just so happens to be our flagship black ink pad that we recommend for most applications. You can’t go far wrong with a Versafine Onyx Black – A worthy champion!

In future blogs, we’ll be testing these ink pads on fabrics and other materials, testing how quick they dry as well as finding out which skin-safe ink pads are best for event stamps.

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Why choose a traditional rubber stamp? Here’s 4 reason’s why traditional rubber stamps are better than self inking stamps. (We’re not biased, honest 😉.)

For the time being, we at Get stamped have chosen to focus solely on traditional style rubber stamps that require an ink pad over self-inking stamps. Here’s why.

Eco-Friendly Packaging
Our Eco-Credentials

1. -The most environmentally friendly option. First and foremost, the cornerstone ethos of Get Stamped is to create a good product that causes as little damage to the environment as possible. The best way of doing that, we think, is to make the product we manufacture out of all natural and biodegradeable components as much as possible. That’s why our stamps are made from Oak and Eco-Rubber. All the self inking stamps available right now are unfortunately made either entirely or partially from plastic. 

Personalised Custom Stamps
Some of our High Quality, Eco-Friendly Stamps

2. – Shape and size freedom. We make your custom stamp from scratch right here in our London workshop. The beauty of this is that we can cut a handle to fit the dimensions of your artwork. So every stamp is tailor made to fit any size or dimension of artwork, down to the millimetre! The restriction with self inkers is that they only come in specific sizes so you may not be able to get the exact size you’re after. 

Ink Pads
Our Ink pad Collection

3. – Huge variety of ink pad options. Self inkers are only made in a handful of colours. Ink pads on the other hand come in hundreds of different shades so you’re bound to find the perfect pairing for your logo stamp so that it fits your brand. Not to mention the fun you can have with art stamps or our stamp sets when using different colours or even blending colours. What’s more, different ink pads are made specifically for different uses. Whether you’re stamping cardboard, fabric, wood, plastic, skin, paper or anything else there’s an ink pad for that. Convinced yet?

Personalised Stamp
Natural Eco Rubber Mounted on Oak

4. – They’re damn handsome. Let’s face it, self inking stamps have all the aesthetic charm of a stapler and they belong in the office. Our green rubber and oak stamps on the other hand are going to look great on your market stall or on your instagram feed. When it’s a personalised stamp for your artisan UK based business, why not make it an artisan stamp made in the UK.

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Looking to get in on the stamping action but don’t have a logo? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our newly relaunched stamp designer.

If you have a company logo ready to go then getting a custom rubber stamp has always been the cheapest and easiest way to brand packaging and generally get your product noticed. Getting that logo in the first place however isn’t quite so easy. Graphic designers can charge pretty crazy prices. Computer design software like photoshop can be equally silly money not to mention having one hell of a steep learning curve. So, we’ve done the hard work for you and created the most comprehensive and easy to use online stamp maker available.

Our stamp designer was built from the ground up to give you the tools and jumping off points to effortlessly make professional looking designs. There is over a hundred unique clipart designs so you’re likely to find something that works elegantly in a logo stamp for your company. It doesn’t stop there though, We’ve also loaded it up with beautiful drawings and striking clipart that’s great for wedding stamps, address stamps and stamps for many more events and occasions.

In the photo on this blog post you can see a set of examples of different personalised stamps created in our rubber stamp maker which can give you an idea of the scope of possibilities or can be used as the seed to creating your own design. Steal the designs completely if you like! We don’t mind.

A rule I have learnt when designing rubber stamps and when designing in general for that matter is to try and strip back unnecessary elements and keep it simple. Simple text in a great font of which we have loads of stylish and memorable options to choose from is the best starting point. Often this is perfect in itself. You may however find, adding a border, partial border or some beautiful hand drawn clipart can create something spectacular.

If you don’t manage to find the perfect clipart or accompanying design element for your personalised stamp you can always upload your own images or elements from which to build your design from. This gives you complete control over your rubber stamp giving you limitless possibilities on how it looks. Just remember, less if often more with stamping.

Another great feature in the custom stamp designer is the curved text feature. Find this in the box that appears by the text by clicking on it once you have inputted it. This can be easily used on its own or with the partial borders, shapes and curves to create stunning round stamps.

We hope you enjoy playing with the stamp designer as much as we have and that you manage to create a stamp design that that you would be proud to represent your business or that would impress your friends at any occasion.

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5 ways we are far from ‘just another’ custom stamp company in the UK

We take great pride here at Get Stamped in not producing stamps that look like something you could have bought from your local office supply store. After all, what’s the point of that? If you’re making us your choice of custom stamp company in the UK, we realise that you wish to benefit from the most personalised and exacting service.

Well, that’s exactly what we give you, and we achieve it in a variety of ways. Here are just some of our distinguishing characteristics that mean you shouldn’t look anywhere else for personalised stamps.

No other store gives you such a stellar range of pre-made custom stamps

If you’ve never purchased personalised stamps before and don’t have a design prepared already, it makes sense to peruse our broad selection of customisable pre-made designs first. Whether you’re on the lookout for charming illustrated stamps, wedding stamps, home produce stamps or any number of other types of custom stamp, you’re in the right place to find the perfect solution.

Alternatively, you can design your own

Another thing that separates us from the pack is the sheer level of control that we give you over your stamp design. While we aren’t the only custom stamp company in the UK that gives you the ability to upload your own image for your stamp, other firms tend to be quite strict about the size, resolution and colour of the image that you use. We’re more relaxed than that, and if you want to design a stamp from scratch, you can do that online with us just as easily.

We do our bit to protect the one planet we’ve got

We realise that the very nature of the products we make means damage could be caused to the environment. That’s precisely why we go to such great lengths to ensure the highest standards of environmental protection here at Get Stamped. We do it in part through our use of environmentally sourced oak, but also by collaborating with the ‘One Tree Planted’ charity to ensure a new tree is planted in a vulnerable area for every custom stamp that we sell.

You can get all of the extras from us, too

We don’t just give you beautifully crafted personalised stamps, and then leave you to work out the rest. Instead, you’ll find everything from cards, labels and ink pads to embossing powders, heat tools and stamp cleaner on offer across the rest of our generously-stocked online store.

It’s also easy to save money with us!

Did you know that you can have your goods delivered for free in the UK if you spend more than £35 in a single order? What about the 10% discount that we bring you if you purchase two custom stamps at the same time? Well, you’re aware of both of those things now.

Get Stamped doesn’t go by the usual script for a custom stamp company in the UK. We love the fact that we’re as different and quirky as our personalised ink stamps are, so why hesitate to place an order today that will enable you to inject similarly individual style into your wedding invitations, home produce labels, greetings cards and so much more?

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Personalised wedding stamps for your invitations, favours, centrepieces and so much more

personalised save the date wedding rubber stamp

What makes what would otherwise be a fairly ordinary wedding no less than the most special day of your life? Is it choosing the right venue, perchance, or even hiring the most glamorous wedding car? What about the standard of the food and drink that is served to your reception guests, or even the best man’s speech? Or maybe it’s the dress…

Of course, all of these things are really important when you wish to tie the knot in the most magical and memorable style.

But what’s vital above all else, is a genuinely distinctive flavour to your wedding. It needs to feel like your own big day, not someone else’s, which is where our personalised wedding stamps here at Get Stamped should very much come in useful.

Nothing beats our stamps for that ‘homemade’ feel

When you’re getting married to the person with whom you wish to spend the rest of your life, you will want to make that loud and clear to everyone you know. You will certainly want the wedding invitations that you send out to communicate something of the enormity of the day.

So why, in good heavens, would you want to issue invitations that look like they were panic-bought from a card shop?

The great thing about our personalised wedding stamps is that they show you can have truly beautiful and unique invitations that also look as if they were professionally done – because they have been professionally done! Or at least, the stamps themselves certainly have been, being produced on-site by our skilled team from environmentally sourced oak.

Nor do you even need to design your own wedding stamps if you are to achieve that convincingly bespoke, ‘homemade’ look that is sure to warm the cockles of your invitees’ hearts. That’s because we’ve got all manner of designs that you can choose from on our website, and simply have edited with your own preferred text and/or image.

Stamps for every purpose and occasion

It isn’t just the invitations that our personalised wedding stamps are brilliant for – it’s also stuff like your ‘thank yous’, ‘save the date’ reminders, favours, centrepieces and everything else to do with your wedding that you could conceivably use a stamp on.

Here at Get Stamped, we’re delighted to be able to say that we make it all so easy for you. We handle the difficult bits of creating gorgeously personalised wedding stamps, and when you order two stamps in one go, we’ll even give you a 10% discount.

With all of these advantages, how could you possibly just go to an office supply store for generic and boring wedding stamps? Allow us to produce the stamps that will make the best possible impression, so that you can focus on all of the other tricky aspects of organising your wedding.

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Help yourself to some lovely custom made ink stamps for your home produce labels

In the age of Bake Off, it seems that so many of us don’t want to get our produce purely from the supermarket anymore – which, with apologies to our local Tesco, we think is a pretty good thing. After all, there’s nothing quite like spreading honey, sipping gin or biting into bread that you’ve made yourself. We do think, however, that there might be something missing from such items…

…yes, that’s right. We’re referring to the kind of gorgeous custom made ink stamps that we can make for you right here at Get Stamped. Allow us to guide you through some of the possibilities.

The stamps that will truly ‘complete’ your home produce

Whatever succulent food or drink you like to rustle up within the confines of your humble abode or garden, we’ve got the ideal personalised stamps for enhancing your home produce labels, giving them that charming, ‘homemade’ feel. We can offer you an assortment of designs right now, created by our genius (or so he tells us) illustrator, Henry.

If you make your own home beverages, for example, you might just fall in love with our beautiful bottle label stamps, which enable you to depict an illustrated bottle on the tag tied to the neck of the bottle. All that you have to do is give us the text that you want to have on the stamp, followed by selecting portrait or landscape orientation, and we’ll then get on with creating a lovely stamp from environmentally sourced oak.

It’s a similar story with our honey label stamp, which is made to look like a honeycomb, and our baked bread stamp, for when you want to give true artisan branding to your artisan product. The latter’s perfect for applying to paper bags.

Alternatively, you might even want to customise your egg cartons – and sure enough, we have just the stamp for that, complete with a witty message. Or what about a garden tools stamp for stamping the bags and boxes in which you sell or hand out your home grown vegetables?

Place your order today for these fabulous personalised stamps

We think the practice of making your own produce should be very much encouraged, as well as that such produce should be made to look and feel thoroughly special. That’s why our custom made ink stamps can be such a great finishing touch for your home produce labels.

Don’t forget that even if none of our ‘standard’ designs seems to quite fit what you’re looking for, we also give you the freedom to upload your own home produce stamp idea that we can then transform into the real thing. Happy making and baking!

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Our personalised address stamps take you back to the good old days

personalised address stamp

Let’s face it: sometimes, it’s best to simply be nostalgic about times long past, rather than attempt to actually bring them back. In some ways, everyday life really is better now than it was a few decades or even a generation or two ago.

That’s not the case all of the time, though. Certain old things genuinely were the good things, and communication is a case in point. Yes, an email may be efficient, but it’s hardly got soul.

It’s no surprise, then, that so many people are now taking up the lost art of letter writing once again – or at least seeking to give their wedding invitations a little more grace and charm than a Facebook update or tweet could ever muster.

Well, we think we can help you a little bit with that here at Get Stamped.

Gorgeous, traditional stamps for gorgeous, traditional stamping

Take a look through our current selection of designs for personalised address stamps online, and you’ll see just how many inspiring, intriguing and stylish ways there are to communicate your address on the back on an envelope. Who’d have thought it?

Well, the Get Stamped team thought of it, that’s who! It’s why you can select from wide-ranging and charming curve, box, centre aligned, right aligned, pattern, calligraphy, floral and simple designs.

But there’s more to it than that, as we also take great care with the process of making our handmade stamps, in accordance with your specific needs. Yes, these really are the most beautiful personalised address stamps, crafted from robust, long-lasting and environmentally sourced oak.

Start producing incredible stamping results in no time!

As you can see if you cast your eye around our wider site, we care greatly about style and quality in everything that we do here at Get Stamped. When you order your personalised address stamps from us, you won’t be getting the kind of bog-standard thing that you could have bought from an office supply store.

It is within our online store that you’ll also find all of the accessories and extras that you could conceivably require to get the most out of your lovely new stamp. Oh, and you can expect your handmade product to be delivered to you within about five to seven working days of making the purchase.

In short, we do things the traditional way here at Get Stamped, but with no shortage of 21st-century innovation, quality and style. There’s just no need for you to look anywhere else for address stamps!

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There’s only one place to go for truly memorable save the date stamps

Your wedding will be (or we at least hope it will be!) a genuinely once-in-a-lifetime occasion, so you will naturally want it to feel that way. It’s therefore vital to set the most romantic note from the very earliest stage – with the invitations that you send out to your friends and family.

Once you’ve set a date for your nuptials, get online here at Get Stamped and start rustling up the ideal stamp design for your invitations. Don’t worry if you’re not quite sure what ‘style’ you fancy, as we’ve already got quite a few here for you to choose from.

It’s all about that loving, handmade feel

The day on which you tie the knot with your beloved needs to feel really special, and you’ll signal this to everyone you invite when you make good use of our custom hand-drawn designs or personalised save the date stamps.

You might opt for a couples portrait, for example, showing hand-drawn images of you and your sweetie beneath the announcement, ‘save the date’, followed by your names and the date. The portraits will be done by our marvellous illustrator, Henry, and another way to keep him busy (it stops him being a nuisance) is to order a stamp showing an image of the venue for your wedding.

Alternatively, you might want to opt for something a little simpler and more understated, such as a circle, heart border or other motif that perfectly matches the aesthetic you want for your big day. Curved, curly, wreath, column, border landscape and border portrait designs are available as well.

How much easier could it get?

Once you’ve decided on the perfect stamp design, all that you have to do is provide us with your names and the date of your wedding, and we’ll get to work on creating the stamp from environmentally sourced oak.

It’s important to do all of this a good time in advance of when you will actually need the stamps, as the whole nature of bespoke personalised products makes it difficult for us to guarantee when you’ll receive them. Nonetheless, we usually send our save the date stamps by UK first class post within three to five working days of the customer placing their order.

So, what do you think? We reckon our save the date stamps are a memorable and unique cut above the norm, so get ordering now, in the knowledge that thanks to our partnership with the charity One Tree Planted, you and your honey also be doing your bit to protect the planet we all love.

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You’ve got so many options for appealing personalised stamps from us

If you’re reading this article now, the chances are that you have come to our site with a wish to purchase personalised stamps for any of a wide range of reasons. Maybe there’s an arts and crafts project you’re doing for which a stamped image would be just perfect, or perhaps you’re putting together wedding invitations or greetings cards that could also benefit from such an illustration?

We won’t go on and on listing all of the reasons why you might want to buy personalised stamps – instead, we’ll point you to all of the ways we make it possible here at Get Stamped.

What’s so special about stamps from Get Stamped?

While there are other companies out there that make personalised stamps, none of them make stamps that are quite as high-quality, or unique, as those that we make.

Our stamps aren’t just personalised – they’re beautifully bespoke, having been made from single pieces of environmentally sourced oak. Meanwhile, the artwork on our personalised stamps is the work of our talented illustrator, Henry, and if you’ve already got an image that you would like to have transformed into a personalised stamp, we can do that for you in a jiffy!

Then, there’s our remarkable range of personalised stamps…

Whatever the purpose you have in mind for your personalised stamps, we can rustle up something amazing for you.

If you would like to announce your upcoming nuptials in a manner that exudes charm, just take a look at our dedicated wedding stamps section – they’re great for your invitations, thank yous and ‘save the date’ reminders. Or if you have another special occasion planned or just want to jazz up your envelopes, we have address stamps for which you can choose between various styles.

With the other personalised stamps that we can offer including those featuring illustrations of your event venue, house, pet or for that matter, you and a partner, we really can come up with a stamp based on pretty much whatever you want!

Place your order for your customised stamps today

With postage and packing within the UK also completely free when you spend more than £30 on one order, you’ve got no excuse for not making your stamps darned good this year!

Get Stamped is the place to come for personalised stamps that are brilliantly made and easy to use, while producing amazing results across all of your projects and documents.

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Great news – our online stamp designer is at the ready!

So, you already know that we produce lovingly crafted personalised rubber stamps from environmentally sourced oak… stamps exuding that warm, ‘handmade’ feel. These definitely aren’t your bog-standard stamps from the office supply store.

We even make it easy for you here at Get Stamped – as anyone who has ever used our ‘upload your own’ feature will be aware. All that you have to do is send us an image you’ve already got, and that you would love to have transformed into a stamp. We aren’t even strict about the size, colour and resolution of the image you upload, as so many other stamp companies are.

But there’s more! You see, our online stamp designer has also recently gone live, and it’s great news for anyone who wishes to create gorgeously unique personalised rubber stamps without breaking a sweat (that’s something we’ll be very much doing).

So how does the stamp designer work?

Well, when you navigate to the relevant page of our site, you’ll soon find out. Whatever kind of stamp you’ve got in mind – a wedding stamp, perhaps, or an address stamp, or even something for your home produce labels – it all works in much the same can’t-believe-it’s-that-easy way.

First, you need to select the size that you desire for your stamp. We can do anything between 2cm and 15cm in size, and when you choose one of these options, the designer automatically informs you of how much you can expect to pay for it. How handy is that?

Then, it’s time for the really fun bit – the full-blown online stamp designer. It very much resembles the kind of fancy image editors that you may, or may not already be familiar with, but it really couldn’t be more enjoyable or more of a cinch to use.

All of the functionality that you could possibly need is here – you can upload your own image, for example, applying such filters as ‘grayscale’, ‘invert’ or ‘sharpen’. You can also browse our own selection of clipart, including such motifs as borders and speech bubbles.

Place your order, and then you’re done!

Once you’re done, save your design and click ‘add to cart’, before completing your purchase. We’ll then get working on the production of your personalised stamp.

It’s official – personalised rubber stamps just got funkier, so much more stylish and so much easier to make a reality. They’re affordable, too, with free UK delivery available when you spend more than £30.

So why not rustle up your dream stamp design today, and leave the really hard work to our team here at Get Stamped?