I was reading the book Sparked yesterday, and it turns out I’m a maker passionate to learn in order to create. It’s what I do, indeed.
These days I was creating custom logo stampers for people and getting asked about the various sizes of templates posted on Zazzle. So I thought I’d create (here’s my magical word, not that I didn’t pine a little for “nurture” as well!) some stamps with template images of standard sizes: 1.25″ x 2″, 1.5″ x 2″, 1.75″ x 2″, 2″ x 2″, 3″ x 4″, and 4″ x 5″.
So if you are thinking of starting a business or even only creating a book stamp with a favorite image, or something like that (stamp for your notebooks, old-fashioned letters, etc.), you can use one of these designs. It’s very easy: you just go to Personalize and upload your own image to replace my template.
If you’re new to Zazzle, here’s how it works. I upload designs and templates onto a design area, and a team at the production end prints these designs on demand. Say, for instance, that you want a return address label with a cat. I provide the virtual cat and a template for your name and address. You then personalize this design of mine, and order the product. The labels then go to the production team and you receive the product in the mail—from Zazzle, not from me. I say this because people ask me about shipping times and things like that. It’s best if you inquire on the Zazzle websites about those things (there’s Zazzle.com and then other websites of theirs for various countries and other languages). I can only advise you about things related to the design platform you and I have access to.
Usually, though, the website is very straightforward. Say you want to make a logo and you upload an image that’s too small to print clearly. You will then get a yellow warning on the site that tells you that the image will be “blurry” or “pixelated” because it’s too small. Okay, what then? Well, if you got an image from a designer, then you should ask that person, because I’m not able to tweak it once it was saved a certain size. I’m also not an illustrator to be able to recreate the image from scratch. I’m a graphic designer who has certain general design skills but am focused on working with Zazzle’s design platform and the way I can use this platform to create personalized designs. And while illustrators focus on their art, I am spending a lot of time not only trying to find ideas and niches for Zazzle but also doing a lot of keyword search optimization for the products/designs I post, to describe as closely as possible the designs I create with words that someone looking for products through search engines or on the Zazzle website itself may use. The latter can take a lot of time, because Zazzle has many fields (title, description, categories, keywords, etc.) that need to be filled out for each product, and they have to be updated regularly, which can be quite a task when you have thousands of different products. Anyway, so that’s what I do as a designer on Zazzle, mostly, and then I pin the products and often write about them here.
Going back to the design part, though, for a moment, despite my above statement about my specific work on this print-on-demand platform, if you want something very easy to make, like your initials inside a circle, as someone recently asked me, I can certainly do that for you, at no extra cost—so no, you don’t have to pay me through PayPal. I’ll create your design and post it as a direct link for you on Zazzle, and then once you order the stamper I’ll get a small commission. Just contact me on chat on Zazzle if you want a very straightforward logo-style image. But remember to look online first: you may find something you like, like a tattoo-style line image, on sites like Pixabay.
Okay, now that I clarified a few things, here are my standard-size image template for logo stampers.
But first, some cat labels 🙂
Disclosure: This blog post contains some affiliate links. I am a Zazzle Associate and designer, and I earn commissions when you buy products through my referral links, at no additional cost to you. All affiliate links on this blog are identified as such. Here’s my Full Disclosure.
I hope you enjoyed them as much as I do 🙂
And now some logo stampers. You can order them with an ink pad (with black and lots of colors) or separately. You can also order them with or without a handle (but the difference is insignificant).
Again, these logo stamps can be customized to be used with standard-size images, which is, of course, what designers often keep in mind when creating logos—standard sizes, that is. Sometimes people then use stamps in exactly those sizes—for instance a square stamp of 2″ x 2″ filled to the brims with the image, so to speak—but I prefer to leave some room around the image on the stamp. Of course, you can also use a 2″ x 2″ stamp and make the image a tiny bit smaller—but again, I’d rather have the image at exactly (or very, very close to it) the size it was meant to be printed at, and the stamper a little larger. Well, mostly, because for the 4-by-5-inch one, another standard size, I didn’t have a larger stamp area on Zazzle. Their largest wooden ink stamps are 4″ x 5″.
Note that even though you see just the imprint of the stamp (one where your image will fit), you can order a stamper with a handle for any one of these designs.
Okay, I made a 2-by-2-inch image on a 2-inch square stamper as well, since it is a few dollars cheaper and may just be a better use of space and maple wood 🙂
Okay, for the next one I don’t have a 3-by-4-inch stamper, so I’m using a 4-by-5-inch one.
And the final one among the ones I created today, a large stamper of 4″ x 5″ for a customized logo of very close to that size.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and found it useful for yourself or someone you know. As always, pins and shares are much appreciated! Thank you! 🙂
To a happier, healthier life,