What surfaces can I use with custom rubber stamps?

rubber stamps surfaces

We’re often asked for advice on whether our custom rubber stamps will work well on to a variety of different surfaces. Rubber stamps are certainly highly versatile. There are some important considerations, however, to ensure the quality of the end result delivers on your expectations.

Custom rubber stamps and paper

Paper is the ideal surface for a custom rubber stamp, however not all papers are equal. The key variables to be aware of are;
1. Treatment. Treated paper means that it has a thin layer of finisher, like a varnish, which prevents ink from penetrating. If a paper is treated, it’s not going to work well with a stamp.
2. Coarseness. The more coarse a paper is, the more “rustic” the end imprint will be. Select a less coarse paper if you’re wanting a clean and crisp imprint.
3. Colour. It almost goes without saying… but in terms of coloured paper, select the greatest contrast to your stamp colour. For example – the classic white paper and black ink.

printed paper tape

logo stamp


Cardboard comes with many of the above considerations of paper, however as it can potentially be coarser or even corrugated, the end result can mean a level of distortion where the logo doesn’t appear clearly enough. Stamps on cardboard can look great, but it’s important to ensure that the substrate used is smooth enough to result in a clear imprint.

restaurant rubber stamp

Custom rubber stamps for coffee cups

Untreated or blank coffee cups are the perfect surface for a custom rubber stamp. Many blank coffee cups, however, may be treated in some way (eg wax, varnish) which can result in the ink not being absorbed into the paper. Ensure you purchase untreated blank coffee cups so that the ink from your coffee cup stamp can permeate into the cup surface.

coffee cup rubber stamp


Concrete isn’t the first surface people associate with custom rubber stamps. The results, however, can be very impressive! Similar to cardboard, you need to ensure the concrete surface is very flat with minimal air bubbles.

concrete rubber stamp

stamping concrete


Certain types of wood are another great option for a rubber stamp. Similar to other substrates, ensure the wood is 1. not treated or painted and 2. is relatively smooth.

rubber stamp for wood


A number of our customers use cotton bags for packaging smaller items. With the cost of bags as low as $0.03, applying a logo with a custom rubber stamp gives your product a professional look at a very affordable price.

cotton bag rubber stamp rubber stamp for cotton bag

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