Vancouver Island Rubber Stamp is a Metchosin owned small business that manufactures self-inking and traditional rubber stamps for personal and business use.
Jessica, the owner of Vancouver Island Rubber Stamp, is one of the three people who run MetchosinOnline.com, so while this Metchosin company profile is somewhat self-serving, we had to get the ball rolling somehow, so why not start with one of our own.
In 2010, when Vancouver Island Rubber Stamp first opened, the use of rubber stamps in the corporate environment and for personal use had seen a steady decline for a number of years. Being a small, locally owned company without the backing of a national firm posed some marketing challenges as well. Nevertheless, Jessica loved making rubber stamps and knew that being the only Vancouver Island owned rubber stamp manufacturer would be seen as a plus to the “Shop Local” crowd.
“People see the value of shopping local. More money re-circulates in our region when purchases are made at locally owned, independent businesses, and this helps other local businesses and strengthens the local economy.”
Jessica has been making rubber stamps for over 22 years and has witnessed a market shift over time. Early in her stamp making career, the overwhelming majority of the stamps were for office and government use. Now, about 50% of the products sold are large traditional rubber stamps used by small businesses to stamp their logos on marketing and packaging materials.
“Small business owners are using rubber stamps to brand their products. Stamped business cards, bags, shipping boxes and tags can all be used to promote a company without committing to purchasing large quantities of pre-printed items.”
Rubber stamps are manufactured on site and sizes range from a single 6pt character to large 10″ x 6″ (approx. 25cm x 15cm) rocker mount stamps. The process to create a rubber stamp involves a negative and UV sensitive photopolymer. The rubber plates can be mounted on self-inking or traditional hand stamps or can be made with a special cling backing for attaching to clear acrylic blocks which are popular with art stampers and scrapbookers. Customers wanting a stamp can supply their own artwork or a description of what they want and have the design created for them.
Vancouver Island Rubber Stamp does not have a retail store, and all products are custom made. Stamps are sold through the website at http://vistamp.com and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org