• Bel Mills

My Favorite Sources of Rubber Stamps

Am I the only one who fantasizes about a rubber stamp library? Imagine: an endless selection of stamps, the freedom to test stamps you're unsure about, and the ability to off-load the ones you've grown tired of. What could be better?

Unfortunately, this fantasy may never come to pass, so, for now, purchasing stamps is the way to go. In this post I'm sharing my absolute FAVORITE online sources of rubber stamps. (Also clear stamps, by the way. And if you hate clear stamps, skip to the note at the end and see if I can convince you otherwise).

Before I start let me just say I am not being compensated for this post and I am not listing every online store I've ever bought rubber stamps from. These are stores that I love SO much that I have to forcefully will myself not to purchase all my favorites or I'll risk financial ruin. Come to think of it, maybe you won't thank me for showing them to you.

Okay. In no particular order:

1) 100 Proof Press

This Ohio-based purveyor of "fine rubber art stamps" was founded in 1980 and sells red rubber stamps in mounted, unmounted, and cling foam styles (more on these distinctions later). Every stamp shown on the site is made in the US and is always in stock. Categories include (but are not limited to) Calligraphy & Writing, Anatomy & Skeletons, Aquatic Life, Birds, Flora, Insects, Postal and Travel & Maps. Here are a few more of my favorites with their names in case you want to look for them.Sizes are not to scale!

Large Handwriting

Squiggle with Tail

Number Column Number Set Block

Triangular Zeppelin

2) Mad Rat Rubber

Gretchen Myers of Lafayette, Louisiana, started Mad Rat Rubber in 2004 as a way to create the stamps she wanted for her own projects. She has a variety of Alice in Wonderland stamps as well as Body Parts, Fossils, Science, Celestial and more. The shop features some mixed-media, collage and assemblage supplies in addition to red rubber stamps in mounted, unmounted, and cling foam styles . Here is a sampling of stamps I've purchased from them.

ABC Revenue Stamp

Rosette Detailed

Woman in Profile

Circle Grid

3) BeeswaxRubberStamps (Etsy)

I could spend -- and probably have spent-- hours scrolling through the stamps from this California-based seller. They started in 1995 as a collection of mainly scenic stamps but now offer a huge variety of artistic styles. I shop from these folks on Etsy, but they also have a stand-along site here. Some of my rubber stamps from them include:

Mail Man

Spilling Ink

Japanese Cursive

4) DesertStampsShop (Etsy)

Based in Nevada, Desert Stamps has a wonderful and seemingly endless collection of rubber stamps featuring vintage imagery with a playful and funky vibe. They've been on Etsy since 2019 but also have an independent online shop. Here are some of my favorites:

Eye by Cat Kerr

Paris Address

Safety Pin

5) MAKIstamps (Etsy)

This German company creates absolutely stunning stamps based on antique and vintage book illustrations. I've bought fewer stamps from them versus other shops only because the shipping costs from Europe are quite high. But their images are absolutely gorgeous and exquisitely detailed. They exclusively sell red rubber cling stamps designed to be used with acrylic blocks.

Vintage Moths

Small Garden Snail

Penmanship Script

Background Text Natural History

6) 2impress (Etsy)

If you love sending snail mail, you will thank me for pointing you in the direction of 2impress. This Texas-based Etsy shop sells a dizzying array of custom address stamps in a wide variety of styles. Bo, the owner, has been designing and manufacturing all the red rubber stamps on his own since 2010. I own two but would buy at least 10 if money were no object. They come in regular wood-mounted and also in the extremely convenient self-inking style.

Self-Inking USPS Meter Design

USPS Post Design

7) WintertimeCrafts (Etsy)

Wintertime Crafts is owned by vintage ephemera collector and graphic designer Heidi Meamber who creates her clear stamp sets using elements from her collection of books and ephemera from the late 1800s and early 1900s. She includes a lot of postal-themed stamps in her designs, which is one of the reasons I love them so much. Also, her stamps are manufactured from photopolymer rather than acrylic, which is heavier, firmer, and more conducive to crips images than typical clear stamps.

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