The manufacturer commented on the review belowSee comments The stamps are nice stamps but they are useless without the ink. It came with a pad but the ink must have been dried out or simply did not have much ink to begin with. An adult pressing as hard as I should and the color was barley visible, sometimes the ink did not show at all. Very disappointed in this M&D product. This issue really needs to fixed considering what they charge for the products. We had to order a separate ink pad (with primary colors, not just pink and purple) for my daughter to even be able to use this set.