Invoke Arts was created in the summer of 2003, with the initial goal of publishing a zine. Shortly thereafter Kate decided she wanted to do a stamp line to complement her ephemera business StudiosBlackbird and that's been our main direction ever since.
If you are unhappy with your order for any reason, please contact us right away. All returns of unused merchandise within 30 days will be given store credit, but you must contact us before returning something. Your order number will help. Shipping is non-refundable.
We are an angel company. Our images can be hand-stamped on items you intend to sell, however you can't mechanically reproduce them on items made for sale without express written permission from Invoke Arts. Artwork using our images may be published in a zine, magazine, book, website, or such provided it is your own unique artwork and not merely a simple impression of one of our stamps.
You may not use Invoke Arts stamp images as clip art, part of a logo, or to make your own stamps. All of our stamp images are copyright © 2003 - 2010 or later by Invoke Arts.
If your artwork using our images is published in a magazine or book and image credit is given to Invoke Arts, let us know and we'll send you an unmounted quarter sheet of your choice.
All retail orders ship via USPS.
To customers within the US, we ship priority mail. Orders over $300 will require a signature, and may ship in multiple boxes.
To customers outside the US we typically ship via USPS Global First Class Mail. See below for more about international shipping.
We use a flat-tier shipping system, based on the total of your order:
|Service||Priority Mail||Global First-Class|
|Order Total||California||United States||Canada||Global|
|up to $50||$4.80||$5.50||$5.00||$10.75|
|up to $75||$5.25||$8.50||$9.00||$19.00|
You'll get a notification from our postage meter when we generate a label for your package. If you're in the US, this will include your tracking number. In our experience the tracking number doesn't include any actual information until the package is delivered.
International Shipping Concerns?
The cost of international shipping has nearly doubled since we started business. We don't like it, but there's not much we can do about it. If you're concerned about the cost of shipping across national boundaries, you could check with our retailers in your own country to see if they have the stamps you're looking for. Please also be aware that in many cases we are losing a bit of money shipping overseas at the rates we're charging. If, after you place your order, we determine that we can ship it significantly cheaper than what was charged (typically for single-items, or unmounted and/or zines only), we will refund you the difference, but this will likely be only a few dollars.
We attach customs forms to all packages going out of the country, because in our experience that helps them get to you faster. We label the packages as 'craft supplies', and use a definition of 'value' that tends to work in your favor.
Also, regarding customs, we've had reports from customers who have gotten their packages within 4 days of shipping, and we've had a handful that have gotten them three weeks after shipping (in Canada, even).
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you sell your wood-mounted stamps as unmounted?
Short Answer: no.
Since our wood-mounted stamps are manufactured for us (see below), we never get the unmounted dies for our wood-mounted stamps. In theory, we could peel them off the wood to send them (if for example you're in another country), but we'd have to charge an extra 20% above the regular wood-mount price for this, as it will seriously impact the time we spend on your order.
Do you manufacture your own stamps?
No. We don't have the time, space, skill or interest to justify doing it ourselves. We're artists, and would rather stick to what we're good at. All of our stamps are made in California. Our unmounted line is pressed by Circustamps in Bolinas and our wood-mounted line is pressed and mounted by Mister Jim's Rubber Stamp Manufacturing in Santa Rosa. Both provide us with far better-quality stamps than we could ever make ourselves.
Do you wholesale?
Yes, to brick and mortar stores. Please contact usfor more information.
We won't sell, lease, rent, or otherwise give your personal information to any other entity, ever, unless specifically required by the law or our payment processors (as of this writing, those companies include Paypal, Nova, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express). Other companies we deal with while processing your order that will handle your information include Mals-E Ltd, AuthorizeNET, Endicia, and the USPS.
We don't really want your information, but we need it to do business with you, and so we treat it as carefully as if it were our own.
We store the information about your order is stored in a securely encrypted database. We do not currently store your credit card information beyond the card type, expiration date, and last four digits.
Our site at invokearts.com does not currently set cookies in your browser. Our shopping cart service, Mals-E, does, and that's only used for making sure you get the same shopping cart every time you visit.
In the near future, we hope to host our own shopping cart, which will require its own cookie. But, the future is not now, and so you don't have to worry about it yet.
If you've read this far, I salute you.