Actually putting ink on a stamp and making an impression is the fun part. Sometimes before you can do that, you need to mount the rubber die on cushion. In my recent blog post on “Temporary Stamp Mounting”, I showed you how I mounted rubber dies onto cling cushion, using powder to help counter the stickiness of the cushion’s adhesive. Today I’d like to show you two other methods of cutting out sticky cushion with a minimum of stickiness.
Every stamper has to face the dilemma of how to store the stamps. The solution for each stamper varies by the number of stamps (and how often you acquire more!), the space available, how the stamps are mounted, and how much money you want to spend.
I’ve got a lot of stamps. I’ve never counted them. (A hoarder’s denial maybe?) Probably about half of them are mounted and half are unmounted. (Most of the “unmounted” are more accurately described as mounted on cling ushion for use with acrylic blocks.) My craft area is about a quarter of a large room, so I have a reasonable amount of space available. I tend to lean toward makeshift and second hand stamp storage rather than spending a lot of money on new storage units. This is how I store my stamps.
Oh, the treasures you can find when you clean up your stamp room!
For the past few weeks, I’ve been sorting through and rearranging my stamp area, a little at a time. In the process, I pulled out more still-unmounted stamps purchased via mail and at conventions YEARS ago than I want to admit. (Too many grab bags!)
Some of them I have actually used via the cheater’s temporary stamp mounting method: slap some double-faced tape on an acrylic block, stick the unmounted die in place and then stamp. It works, but it’s not the best way to do things, as you can get less than wonderful impressions.
But there were some stamps that had never touched ink. Plus, my unmounted stamps were stored in a different place than my mounted stamps, so I tended to use the same mounted stamps all the time, neglecting my unmounteds. Determined to correct this, I ordered five sheets of EZ Mount cushion from my local supply source (Nona’s Designs here in Maryland who ships fast) and then spent many hours over several days mounting stamp dies on cushion.