The old Imagepac Stampmaker worked well but it took far too long for a man of my patience so I was excited to unpack the latest model which boasts to produce a stamp in 5 minutes….hmmm…really??
It comes with everything needed to make around 14 stamps along with the UV Stampmaker, software and all the accessories needed, after that all you need to do is replenish the negative film sheets and the imagepac gel to make more.
My first attempt was to produce a stamp of a child's handprint, reduce it in size and stamp into a silver clay pendant. As there were no children present I grabbed one of the girls from the office and took a print of her hand on paper which I scanned into the computer. I then used the software provided to print a negative black & white image to the size required. A stamp in less than five minutes?? you bet-cha!! I was shocked at how quick the process was, the UV light box makes all the difference. Below is a silver heart pendant with the reduced handprint stamped into it, all it needs now is a polish.
Next I attempted a larger stamp which worked great with no problems.
On more experimentation however I found a few negatives.
- Very fine detail is not great, especially on smaller stamps.
- The software package works ok but I found I achieved far better results using Photoshop or Photoscape.
- The printed negative paper scratches very easily so be gentle with it.