Stamp School: Mounting Rubber Stamps & Watercolor Look With Markers!

Hi friends! In today’s stamp school I am going to show you what to do with those sheets of red rubber you see at stamp shows or order online. It occurred to me that most new stampers buy their non wood mounted stamps in craft store from large stamp companies and they come prepared to use on your clear blocks. If you only buy from the big box craft stores you miss out on the wonderful diversity that the independent stamp company has to offer. I will show you how to trim and mount your stamps and then we will make this card!


Watch the video to see how it’s done!

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Watercolor paper or heavy cardstock
Water based markers
Stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry:
Retro Sundress
Near the Reef
Summer on the Farm and here are the other unmounted sheets I showed
Round watercolor brushes: #0, #5
Stamp mounts (they have the rock a blocks I showed at the end at a great price!)
Spray bottle with water

Here is a list of stamp mounting supplies:
Cling Cushion (EZ Mount)
Aleenes Tack It Over & Over glue
Glue stick
Heavy Scissors (I use KAI brand)

I hope the options for stamp mounting seem less intimidating now, I like mounting my own because it saves money and I can use whatever method is right for my storage and budget. I also hope you give watercolor markers a try (borrow the kid’s Crayolas if you don’t have any!) because that is such a fun technique too! Thanks for stamping with me today and til next time happy crafting!


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!

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!

Tutorial: How to Mount Rubber Stamps

Honestly, I had in mind a much more exciting blog post for today but after locking myself out of my house, breaking back in and taking three surly arguing kids to the grocery store my creative energy is KAPUT! Not to mention that this ordeal has made me a tad bit irritable myself 🙂 Luckily, I can share a video on mounting rubber stamps that I shot earlier this week, have a look-see:

Any questions? So, go ahead an order unmounted rubber stamp from your favorite online supplier and buy them at stamp shows. They are easy to mount and much cheaper too! Anyone up for a game of Jenga?…Oh, wait, I used all of my Jenga blocks to mount stamps on! 😀

Happy crafting!

New Stamp Storage and Mounting Idea!

I have been playing with the idea of separating my sentiment stamps from the sets they came with for a while now. I liked the idea of being able to see all of my greeting options at once instead of having to rifle through all of my stamp sets to find the saying I wanted. Here is what I came up with:

These generic jenga blocks were $5 for a set of 48...bargain!

I mounted my small unmounted sayings onto “Jenga” blocks. I put a thin coating of rubber cement on the block and on the back of the stamp and let it set for a couple of minutes then pressed the stamp on the block. But first I stamped the stamp on the block so I would know what stamp it was at a quick glance. Also note that I double and triple mounted the stamps (I put 2-3 happy birthday stamps on one block) to conserve space. Then I placed the newly mounted stamps in a printer’s tray I found at a yard sale last week:

I just love the cubbies! I can put most of my sentiments in here and it is so nice to grab the sentiment I need and go!

I love cubbies!

This is for my everyday stamps, all of my holiday sentiments are with that holiday’s stamps and any sentiments that only went with the set they came with I left with their sets. Also my clear stntiment stamps and my sentiments that were too large for the Jenga blocks went in CD cases based on theme, I only filled 5 cases, I thought I would have more but really, how many ‘thinking of you’ stamps does one need LOL? All in all I love this system, the first time I stamped a “thank you” on a card it was all worth it. Speaking of cards I want to share a card I made today. I used the layout challenge at Oriental Stamp Art to create this Z-fold card:

I love how a simple fold can make a card seem so much more fancy, it is easy though, you just cut a sheet of 4″x11″ card and score it at 2.5″ and 5.5″ but you can change the dimensions and where you score for a different result. I used a Stampin up border punch (I’m so lame, it is the only edging punch I own)  😉 on each end and on the ribbon and mat element. The fancy square is a Martha Stewart punch. The background peacock feather stamp and “friend” are from a Fiskars clear stamp set, the Ribbon is from Hero Arts and the detailed butterfly is from About Art Accents. I used a Kleidacolor inkpad (Berry I think) as my ink. I stamped the background 3 times to get it to stretch across and it was easy to line up. To make the dye based ink stick well I rubbed the clear stamp with a pink eraser and cleaned the stamp before inking. It really helps ink stick to the clear stamps!

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Aud Sentiments Challenge, The Rubber Cafe , All That Scrap Wednesday Challenge, Flutterby Wednesdays, Kelley Kid’s, My Mum’s Craft shop, Simon Says Stamp, The Paper Variety , 365 Cards, and of course the scetch challenge at Oriental Stamp Art.

Well, I did not intend to write a novel today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A cheap way to mount stamps!

OK, so I went against my normal “rule” and I bought a grab-bag of stamps. Now, I have a lot of stamps so I normally do not do this but my friend Jennifer got a grab bag from Viva Las Vegas Stamps and she was thrilled, plus really, how often do we get a nice surprise nowadays, I think a pound of rubber showing up in the mailbox is a pretty nice one 😉 Here is a card I made with some of my grab-bag goodies from Viva Las Vegas Stamps. the image was colored with ProMarkers. Note: See the end of this post to find out how you can win a set of ProMarkers!

I bought a pound of rubber, 25 funny sayings and 3 of the $1 bags of delinquent dies. I like what I got and found that half of the stamps I would actually use (good ratio for a grab bag!) what’s more is a lot of the stamps in there were of animals being silly and they are just perfect for my stamping kids! (Frog in a top hat anyone?-“hello my baby, hello my darlin’, hello my ragtime gal…” OH yeah!) So I decided I would add to their stamp stash but I had one major problem…”How do I mount these so the kids can use them?” My kids are too young to deal with unmounted stamps and clear blocks so I thought of a frugal way (free even!) to mount these for them so they can be used easily and stored conveniently, here is what I came up with:

Yes my friends I used discontinued Formica chips! My folks have a hardware store and when I was visiting last week I asked if they had any discontinued ones they did not need and Dad handed me a sleeve of them, SCORE! Here is what you need to mount stamps on Formica chips. You could also used old baby blocks or scraps of wood that have been cut to size and sanded as well.

Supplies: Formica samples, rubber cement, Clear sticker paper (Safmat by Letraset)

Step 1. Trim around the rubber image (die). Paint a thin coat of rubber cement on the back of the die and the back of the Formica chip. Let dry completely.

Please note: the "sun" stamp I am using in this tutorial is by The Stamping Ground.

Step 2. Press the two rubber cemented sides together.

Step 3. To index the stamp ink up your newly mounted stamp with dye-based ink and stamp it onto Safmat (this is an ink-jet printable clear sheet that can also be stamped with your regular dye based inkpads. Safmat is made by Letraset). Let the ink dry and cut it out and stick to the front of your formica chip.

Look how well it stamps! The Formica has a bit of flex to it so you can press the image down well to get a nice crisp impression.

Now stamp til you can’t stamp no mo’! The stamp I used in the card was one I donated to my kids stash but then when I saw the quote from the funny sayings grab bag I had to use it. I have to renew my license this month and I have not changed my weight on my license since I got it at age 17…yep, a little indescrepency there LOL! I love how the biker/scooter chick is letting it all hang out 😉

BTW you can win the Promarkers I used to color this card with. There is a giveaway on the Letraset blog so pop over for your chance to win a set of 12 promarkers. While you are there you can check out the Safmat by Letraset I used too!

One more thing…I must warn you that some of Viva Las Vegas stamps are a bit naughty and not for the faint of heart. Please look through their catalog if you are considering ordering, their stamps are not for everyone. I checked all of the stamps before I let my kids have them to be sure they were age appropriate and all of the images were in the pound of rubber but some of the funny sayings were adult only LOL!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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