Crafters and scrapbookers alike use stamps and stamp pads to accessories their creations. Stamp pads are available in dozens of different colors and ink types. Each one of these stamp pads represents an investment in craft supplies and it is understandable that you want to make them last as long as possible. A few quick steps can help make your ink pads last longer.
Secure the Lid
The lids to ink pads and stamp pads should fit securely onto the base. Before purchasing your pads, verify the lid is not cracked or otherwise damaged. After each use, snap the lid securely back onto the stamp pad. Avoid leaving stamp pads open for extended periods, as this causes them to dry out faster.
Start with quality products, as better brands have a longer shelf life than cheaper versions.
Stamp Pad Storage
With two basic types of stamp pads -- those with foam pads filled with pigment ink and those with felt pads -- each pad requires a different storage method. Ink pads with felt last longer than the foam pads that you store right side up. Stack either type of ink pad with its lid firmly intact inside a clear, airtight container, such as a plastic container with a snap-on lid or inside a zip-lock storage bag.
Clean the stamps thoroughly after each use. Residue from colored ink can be transferred to the pad of a different ink color when you do not clean the stamp adequately.
Office supply, superstores and arts and craft stores carry refill bottles. These bottles typically cost less than it does to replace a stamp pad and can be used more than once. If you frequently use stamps, pick up a refill bottle in the same color as the pad at initial purchase to prolong the life of your ink pads.
It takes just a few seconds to refill an ink pad. Simply remove the cap of the refill bottle, hold it upside down over the pad, and lightly squeeze as you go move across the pad in a zigzag pattern or as recommended by the manufacturer. The pad absorbs the ink, making it as good as new again.