Don’t you love unmounted stamps? They are cheaper, easier to store and work as well as the wood mount ones. What I don’t love is buying EZ mount foam because it adds to the cost of the stamp sets and it gets my scissors all sticky when I have to cut it apart. Solution: a cheap, quick way to mount your stamps so that you can still use them with an acrylic block. Easy as pie and easy on the wallet too!
I bought several sheets of artsy unmounted stamps a while back and Just slapped them to a block with double stick tape andI was good to go. This method is fine, just make sure you have a sheet of fun foam or a mouse pad under the paper you are stamping on. But I grew tired if replacing the tape on my blocks when the sticky was gone and they never stuck well in my storage binders with the tape. So I developed a clever way to mount them with Self adhesive foam, spray adhesive and cling vinyl.
Step 1. Spray a generous amount of adhesive (I used Elmer’s multi purpose) on the backs of the rubber dies. You can do the whole sheet at once but mine were already cut apart.
Step 2. Quickly stick the rubber to the non adhesive side of the craft foam. Let it set for a few minutes. Check the clearance isle at the craft store of self adhesive foam, you can probably find Christmas themed sheets for pennies!
Step 3. Peel off the paper on the sticky side of the foam and apply the cling film. The kind I have comes in 8.5″x11″ sheets made for making stamp foam work with acrylic mounts but you can probably use the stuff they sell at the fabric stores, just bring along a stamp mount to see if it will stick! This cling film will work if you have Stampin Up sets that you want to use with clear blocks. Instead of sticking them to the wood mounts stick them to this film.
Step 4 peel off the protective backing and it is ready to use with your acrylic mounts!
I mounted all of my Rubber Cafe stamps this way, if you order stamps from them they will come with the E-Z mount already on and trimmed but since I am on the Design Team I sometimes get the promo copy strait out of the factory! their stamps are so deeply etched that they will stamp fine without the foam but having it on makes my creating process faster and easier!
I’ve heard other creative mounting ideas too, one very frugal idea is to use foam core (you can get a 20″x30″ sheet at the dollar store of ask a frame shop for scraps) just tape or spray adhere the stamps to the foam core and you are good to go without a handle since the foamcore is rigid enough to be it’s own block. It may bend and wear out over time but hey it only cost a few sents! Good to know if you are in a jam!
Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!