Quick Tip: Stamp Mounting!

Hello friends! Do you have any rubber stamps that need mounting? Well grab that pile of rubber and some cling cushion and watch today’s quick tip! It will keep your scissors from getting sticky!

I have to give props to Nancie Waterman for teaching me that trick. Check out her blog because she has lots of great ideas for stampers (she is the editor of Vamp Stamp News!) and she often offers free e-articles which are like mini magazines of stamping goodness that you can read on your computer or e-reader. She is fab, check her out and til next time happy crafting!

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How to mount stamps for use with acrylic blocks

Someone asked me what I did to my rubber stamps I bought at the stamp show so I could use them with my clear blocks, so I flipped on my camera when I mounted some so you can see;)

Yep another semi informative video. I feel like I owe my readers an apology for the rambling (unplanned, spontaneous, un-practiced) videos of late. I’m just sharing when I can, if it takes a couple more minutes to get my point across, or I mumble I am sorry;) Thanks for understanding and as always happy crafting!

PS you can find a coupon code for 10% off your order at Stamper’s Best (the cheapest place to buy cling cushion and I use it!) on my friend Diane’s blog, it’s on the right sidebar, you need to scroll down a bit to find it. Thanks Diane for sharing!

Cheaply mount your stamps!

Card by Lindsay Weirich 2009

Card by Lindsay Weirich 2009

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.

Spray the BACK of your rubber stamps and attach to craft foam.

Spray the BACK of your rubber stamps and attach to craft foam.

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!

Peel off the adhesive backing on the foam and stick to a shhet of cling film. I trimmed the foam (purple) before I stuck it down.

Peel off the adhesive backing on the foam and stick to a shhet of cling film. I trimmed the foam (purple) before I stuck it down.

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.

All mounted and ready to go! (that sounds kinda bad, huh?)

All mounted and ready to go! (that sounds kinda bad, huh?)

Step 4 peel off the protective backing and it is ready to use with your acrylic mounts!

Mwahahah! My rubber Cafe DT samples! There mine all mine!...Oh alright you can get them too, there on the TRC website now LOL!

Mwahahah! My rubber Cafe DT samples! There mine all mine!...Oh alright you can get them too, there on the TRC website now LOL!

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!

Stamping with photo realistic stamps

Don’t you just love beautifully detailed rubber stamps? That is until you stamp with them and your image is smudgy, too light and completely missing in parts. Well don’t blame the stamp, I’ll show you how to get a great impression with any detailed stamp and it is shockingly easy!

DCWV, Card by Lindsay Weirich 2008

Stamp: Sunday International, Paper: DCWV, Card by Lindsay Weirich 2008

Isn’t this a wonderful stamp, the lady’s expression is so hysterical. To get supreme detail I stamped her on Stampin up Glossy Cardstock.

Ahhh, nice and crisp!

Ahhh, nice and crisp!

This is a printmaker’s trick and it will work whether your stamp is an unmounted die (just the rubber, no cushion), on a clear block or a wood mounted stamp. First lay your stamp on the table with the rubber facing up. Next use a brayer to roll over you ink pad and ink up your stamp. If you don’t have a brayer just tap your inkpad on the rubber like always, you may get a few uneven lines but it will still be better than the normal way! And Finally lay your cardstock on top of the stamp being carefull not to move it and rub over the paper with your fingers giving smooth, even pressure. Lift off the paper and marvel at your perfectly stamped image! This works so well that i rarely buy ez-mount foam anymore since this method always yields perfect results. Try it, you’ll be amazed. Until next time Happy Crafting!

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