You don’t need a stamp pad that is as large as the stamp. We stampers routinely use itty bitty stamp pads to ink up our stamps. Just make sure that the inked surface of the stamp pad sticks up a bit above the case it’s in, and tap the pad reapeatedly all over the stamp. Here’s a video:
It’ll partially depend on your artwork. Silhouette’s stamp kit is cool but it’s not great for fine details or lettering. Think of it as an computer aided potato stamp or lino/woodcut. Silhouette makes a different thing called Mint that’s excellent for finely detailed stamps. The machine is cheap and very easy to use but the supplies can be expensive.
Since you already have a GF lasering will give you more flexibility
And as @cynd11 said, your stamp pad can certainly be smaller than your stamp and work just fine.
I did manage to ink specific parts of a stamp once, but it sure was a pain. Cool concept, but I don’t understand why they made it self-inking. That was probably my biggest craft gadget disappointment of all time.
Oh man I wish I could say the same! I’m such a sucker for gadgets I’ve spent way too much $ on crappy ones! For my very specific use case of emergency prop making it’s a handy thing to have in my kit, not for fine art.
(Ps-i don’t think Silhouette made many choices, the Mint is just a rebranded Casio Pomrie)
As for disappointments, I was REALLY excited for the Mint. To be fair, I guess, it does what it does pretty well. But as a paper crafter, it was easier and much cheaper to just print stickers for almost anything.
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