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by Richelle Naegle

If you remember, we introduced the Mint stamping system on our blog a few months back. Well, you will be glad to know that the machines have arrived! We are very excited. We've never carried much in terms of stamping supplies, but this machine is a game-changer.

Unfortunately the supplies and accessories that make up the Mint collection are still not available, but not to worry: the Mint custom stamp maker includes a starter kit with ink, stamp kits, etc. that will allow you to put your machine to work immediately. To sweeten the pot a bit, CraftDirect.com has bundled the machine and starter kit with a $25 gift card. Let's get down to business:

How to Use the Silhouette Mint Machine:

Update: We now have 2 videos for you! This first video was made by us and is more of a demonstration of the stamp-making process:

This video, courtesy of Silhouette America, explains the system, the products, and then shows you how quick and easy it is to set up your machine. They also cover all the bells and whistles you get with the various features. Lastly, they demonstrate how to affix the stamp design to the stamp base.

As you can see it's a pretty complicated system with lots of moving parts, but your role in the matter is rather simple. Just choose the design you want and let the machine do all the hard work.

How Does the Mint Stamp Making Machine Work?

The Silhouette stamper works using a process called thermal printing which will allow you to create 3D effects in your custom stamp designs. Also known as direct thermal printing, as a digital printing process, the printed image is produced by heating thermochromic paper.

Enhance Your Crafting with Stamping

With 18 different shades of ink, there is unbridled potential for unique and vibrant projects. Your creative stamps can be used to add the perfect embellishing touch to your homemade greeting cards and scrapbook layouts.

I will have plenty of projects to share with you soon enough. Please share yours with me. At CraftDirect, we have lots of different Silhouette accessories that will make your projects go better, like:

Remember, if this all seems like too much work to make your own stamps, then try buying these ready-made craft rubber stamps. Happy creating!