Copyright Silhouette School 2016. Powered by Blogger.

Silhouette Mint Stamp Machine Tutorial for Beginners

If you are hoping to get a Silhouette Mint Stamp machine for Christmas you might be wondering how to use this tiny Silhouette machine! It's unlike any of the the other cutters from Silhouette America because it's actually not a cutter at all.  The Silhouette Mint creates DIY stamps in under a minute using thermal printing....and using the designs you already have in your Silhouette Studio library or any design you create or import.

Silhouette mint stampe tutorial beginner, How to use the Silhouette Mint Stamp Machine

So how do you use the Silhouette Mint? This beginner tutorial will walk you through everything you need to know so you can create you first stamp with the Mint. If you're looking for an honest Silhouette Mint Stamp machine review you can find it here.

The basic Silhouette Mint Stamp bundles includes the Mint stamp machine, Mint Studio software, several bottles of stamp ink, a power cord, a USB cord to connect the Mint to the computer, and a few stamp sets including bases and the printing sheet.  There are also larger Silhouette Mint bundles that include more stamp kits and extra inks!

Silhouette MInt stamp machine come with, download silhouette mint studio free, mint stamps silhouette cameo

The Mint requires a separate software program than the other Silhouette cutting machines.  You can download Mint Studio free from Silhouette America's website. Once you  plug in your Mint machine and power it on, the free stamp designs you get with the machine should show up in your library.  You can also import your complete Silhouette Studio library into Mint Studio which I explain in detail in this tutorial.
where to get mint studio for Silhouette mint free, mint studio tutorial

To create your first stamp with the Mint open up Mint Studio.

Click on the Stamp Settings tool along the top tool bar and select the stamp size that matches the base you are going to use to create your stamp. I am working on a 45x45mm stamp.   Once selected, your work area will adjust to the appropriate size.

mint studio tutorial beginner, silhouette mint stamp, mint machine

Now go to your Mint library and open your stamp design.  I picked the Thank You frame which was one of the free stamp files included with my mint.   I will say that while the Mint can print any design perfectly...stamping tiny text left me underwhelmed. My suggestion is to pick or create a stamp design that includes large or bold text.

Silhouette Mint Studio library, import library into mint studio

Once you have your design open in Mint Studio, size it so it  fits on the virtual stamp sheet.  You can do this by selecting the design and pulling the corners in or out to scale. You can also group and ungroup the design if you want to move things around.
 Beginner tutorial Silhouette mint, DIY stamp, self inking stamps

Since this is a basic beginner Silhouette Mint tutorial we won't worry about any of the stamp filters, effects or fill colors right now. Now we're ready to start printing our stamp.

Plug in and power on the Silhouette Mint.

silhouette mint machine set up, silhouette mint stamp machine, setting up silhouette mint stamp

When you're ready, in Mint Studio click the Send to Mint tool along the top tool bar.  You will notice that when you do this your design is automatically mirrored in the software. This is essential for the stamp to be correctly oriented with stamp. 

Click "Start Mint" in Silhouette Studio.

making stamps with silhouette machine, cutting stamps silhouette, thermal printing stamps

Be sure you are using the EXACT same size stamp sheet as what you have selected in Mint Studio otherwise your stamp will not print correctly.

 silhouette cameo make stamps,  silhouette rubber stamps,  silhouette stamps

Take your rubber stamp sheet - still on the cardboard and still with the plastic overlay - and place it in the slot in the back of the machine with the arrow side going in first. It will go in at a slight angle.

diy rubber stamps, diy rubber stamp, diy stamp machine

The Mint stamp machine will automatically begin feeding the stamp through the machine and will spit it out the front of the machine in less than 30 seconds.

silhouette mint thermal printing, silhouette mint stamps

Remove the stamp sheet from the Mint.

silhouette mint machine how to, tutorial, silhouette mint

To remove the rubber stamp from the cardboard base, fold the cardboard back along the perforated line and peel it away.

Remove the rubber stamp from between the cardboard and the plastic liner.

If you haven't already, remove the cap from the stamp base. Peel off the protective liner to expose the adhesive and place the rubber stamp onto the base.

Now it's time to ink your new stamp!  You can ink your stamp with one color or with multiple colors of the Silhouette Mint Ink.

Squeeze a generous amount of ink onto the stamp on the raised areas. After you've inked your stamp let it sit for about 10-15 minutes.

Silhouette Mint STamp Inks, silhouette ink colors, silhouette stamps multiple colors

You'll want to stamp off the excess ink on a piece of paper.

If you are getting any shading around your stamp, gently wipe away the excess ink from the rubber stamp.

restamping silhouette mint, silhouette mint, silhouette mint machine

Your DIY self-inking stamp can now be used over and over without re-inking.

The final step is to stamp onto the sticker for the cap of your stamp base...this is just a little reminder for you so you know which stamps you have without having to remove the lid every time.

Silhouette mint stamp bundle, silhouette mint bundle

Note: This post may contain affiliate links. By clicking on them and purchasing products through my links, I receive a small commission. That's what helps fund Silhouette School so I can keep buying new Silhouette-related products to show you how to get the most out of your machine!

Get Silhouette School lessons delivered to your email inbox! Select Once Daily or Weekly.


  1. I LOVE your tutorials on all things Silhouette, but they have not updated the Mint software in forever. Is this a dead product for the company? The software was so buggy yesterday, I had to restart it ten times and after hours online today, their only solution was to downgrade to a lower version. Do you have any words of advice?

    1. Hey there! Unfortunately, downgrading to a previous version would be my recommendation as well.

  2. I am having trouble removing the liner from the stamp in order to place it on the block. It doesn’t seem to want to come off.


Thanks for leaving a comment! We get several hundred comments a day. While we appreciate every single one of them it's nearly impossible to respond back to all of them, all the time. So... if you could help me by treating these comments like a forum where readers help readers.

In addition, don't forget to look for specific answers by using the Search Box on the blog. If you're still not having any luck, feel free to email me with your question.