Many of us associate stamps with sending or receiving letters and parcels from a certain address. While this is certainly the case, the humble stamp has seen many other additional uses throughout the ages. Perhaps one of the most important functions was to verify official decrees such as those issued by a king or other ruling governmental body. In fact, the famous "Stamp Tax" issued by the British government is an example of how these stamps are also used to generate income. We can see such examples in the wax forms still present on many medieval scrolls, correspondences between generals during the Revolutionary War and even the use of rubber stamps and watermarks in modern times. Either way, these personalized documents served to verify the identity of the sender and the veracity of the information contained within.

So, some of the main purposes for stamps in both ancient and modern times include:
  • Revenue generation for postage agencies and governments.
  • Trusted communications between two parties.
  • Verification that a certain document is original and not a facsimile.

Factors to Consider when attempting to Design a Custom Stamp

Stamps with a personal design are an excellent way to add a bit of originality to any document. Furthermore, such stamps can be used for a wide variety of purposes. A teacher may design one that will be used for stamping a particularly well-written essay while a manufacturer may choose to employ such a device to certify that a machine part was produced at a specific factory. In any case, a few considerations need to be addressed.

One of the primary concerns is the material to be stamped. Rubber stamps can be used with paper, cardboard and other softer substrates. For durable materials such as wood, plastics and metals, a stamp may need to be constructed of a harder substance. Also, the amount of pressure that will need to be applied will directly correlate with the material. For example, a metal press will need to be used when attempting to stamp an emblem into an aluminum or steel surface, and the force required is substantial.

Should a stamp be required for use on official documents such as legal papers, the type of ink also needs to be determined. Most inks will be required not to fade over long periods of time or bleed into the paper. Thus, a clear imprint that is easy to read will be guaranteed.

Finally, many individuals may choose to make their own custom stamps. As opposed to the more traditional methods of manufacture, there are now many online companies that are able to accommodate most desired effects and make such a personalized stamp in a relatively short period of time. The stamp will then be shipped directly to the customer for immediate use.

Succinctly, a few variable that an individual or business will need to address when designing a stamp are:
  • The type of material that is intended for stamping.
  • The amount of pressure required for an effective imprint.
  • The durability and the viscosity of the ink.
  • For individuals, the use of an online service to provide the desired product.