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Monday, 20 February 2012

How to Convert Wood Mount Stamps to Unmounted Cling Stamps

I love this stamp, but I found it very frustrating to position properly. I either had to use a stamping jig or stamp the image and cut the cardstock to make the image straight or centered. The other problem I'm having is storage space in my craftroom. I have a fairly big workspace, but I have a lot of craft stuff! The solution? It's a snap to change wood mounted stamps into unmounted cling-style stamps! Here's how you do it:
1. Use a metal spatula, I use a large icing spreader type tool, but any tool you can slide under the stamp without damaging it will do, to gently separate the stamp from the wood. If the stamp is older and the glue has hardened, pop the stamp into the microwave for 10 to 12 seconds to soften.
2. Once the stamp is separated from the wood, gently peel the sticker with the picture of the stamp off the wood block. There is more than enough 'sticky' on the stamp and the label to stick the label directly on the foam backing of the stamp. Trim with scissors to remove excess label.
3. Apply Aleene's Tack it Over and Over with a small foam brush to the back of the stamp. This will insure the stamp sticks to your acrylic block, or my new fav tool, the Fiskars Stamping Tool. Done!
Try this tip, the stamp sticks and releases very easily, you can control the placement of the stamped image much better and best of all you can make room for new craft stuff!!




9 comments:

  1. LOL -- I'll have to tell Dave the instructions are now posted! 10 - 12 sec. not 40! LOL

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  2. Haha! Nothing smells as nice as burnt rubber!
    Jen

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  3. I did tell him 20 seconds -- I was way over too -- but he doubled it -- I guess he thought more was better! It didn't melt the rubber, just made it stink! LOL Almost did in the label though! LOL

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  4. Also have a little story to tell you on Friday -- I won't post it here! Nothing bad, just kinda funny!

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  5. Hi Jen again, not sure if you would prefer me email, phone or post here, but wanted to let you know that there will just be 5 this Friday (Feb. 24th) afterall. Come April, we will be 6 on a regular basis. Debbie

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  6. That's great! I love that you contact me through my blog it's probably the only way you're sure to reach me as I check it daily!
    Jen

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  7. It's also easy for me to fire off a message in between things here too -- easier than trying to find a quiet moment to call! Don't get too many of those!

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  8. Thank you for these instructions. I have a MISTI and want to convert my wooden stamps, but found some of the ways to do it way too expensive. I've order Alene's Tack It Over & Over and will follow your video. Thanks for sharing.

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