Unmounting Rubber Stamps

Now that Stampin' Up! is selling Clear-Mount Blocks and offering an unmounted option for their stamps, you might be considering taking all your mounted stamps off the wood blocks to save space. The process is easy.

First heat the mounted stamp in the microwave for about 10 seconds to soften the adhesive. Then you can peel the rubber and cushion off the block. If you can also peel the clear label off without tearing it, you can now stick it right on the back of the stamp.

This label will not cling to the acrylic block so you have two options. One is to adhere static cling over the label. Sheets of static cling can be purchased several places. I purchased mine from Sunday International Rubber Stamps. You can do a Google search for clear static cling to find other places that sell it. You stick your stamp onto the sheet  of static cling and then cut it out. A second way I am told works well is to apply a layer of Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755) and let it dry. When it dries, the glue is repositionable and can be stuck to the Clear-Mount block and then removed numerous times. If the glue looses its stickiness, just apply another layer.

If you can't get the label off the block, you can just apply the static cling and use the stamp without a label. You should stamp an image or make a photocopy of the image to keep with your stamp. I tried to stamp the image onto static cling with black Stazon ink and it still rubbed off. Stazon ink is supposed to be permanent on any surface so I may have not let it dry long enough. After stamping the image on the static cling (and letting it dry) cut it out and apply it to the back of your stamp.

A third alternative I have thought of but not tried. is to scan the image into your computer and print out a mirror image onto either the static cling or onto a clear window sheet. This way, the printing would be protected by the static cling so it wouldn't rub off. If you use a clear window sheet, you would have to do one of the two options described in the third paragraph above.

If you try any of these suggestions, please come back to leave a comment letting us know how they worked for you.

Happy Stamping,

Sue

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