Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What's On Your Workdesk #106-How to unmount your stamps

Note:  Sorry because this is an older post-Most of the links do not exist anymore....Sorry!


 Happy What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday? 

Hop on over and say Hi to about 150 other WOYWW? addicts!

I am finally doing it! Yep...unmounting my wood stamp babies.

I have been working on unmounting  my wood  mount Stampin Up sets this week. I watched a video by Cindy McVey at Crazy For Crafting and I was so tickled to see this easy way to complete my icky chore! I just grab a couple sets while watching a TV show and this project I have been dreading is finally on track!

I found this video online that really gave me a DUH moment. If you remember a while back I showed you this big ole roll of ezmount that I was going to use to unmount/mount my stamps...until I watched that video online..
So here I go.........

 One of my first stamps....year 2000

 Carefully peel off the stamp...you can loosen it a wee bit with you heat gun and or 5-10 seconds in the microwave will do as well. I did not have to do either so far.
 the stamp is off!

Peel off the label...slowly and carefully

 Here it is....pretty sticky!

 Flip your label so it is backwards and line it up to  your stamp. This way works particularly well with words!
 Stick the stamp back to the back of the label.

 Adjust label to align with the stamp.

 There we go!

 Trim off the excess label with some small, sharp scissors

 All trimmed

. Buy some Aleene's Tack-It Over and Over...a repositional glue

 Add to your stamp

 Oops too much, it takes only a wee bit. A nice little foam brush would have come in handy!

Smooth out  a thin layer of glue and let set over night to dry.

Ta-Dah...all done and ready to use with your acrylic blocks! 

I am tickled to find this process...I love being able to see the image of the stamp! Cindy suggests taking each set and putting them back into their original box to dry so nothing gets stuck to them while they are drying.

15 sets DOWN.. many more to go...I will show you how they all look when I am done...someday LOL!

Thanks to Nancy Ward at Paper Friendly for pointing me in the right direction! Nancy shares all kinds of fun projects and tips that she finds out there on the web. A great resource! 

And thanks to my son Matt for helping Mom out by photographing this! What a trooper. He now knows more about unmounting stamps than he ever wanted to LOL.

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38 comments:

Sue said...

Hi hun
a brill idea as they take sooo much space up, may have a go at that, thanks,thanks for the mooch, happy WOYWW, sue,x

Shirley N said...

Thanks for the great tut Sue!

Dragon said...

Interesting stuff... lovin the idea.. I find a problem with storage though as they can get bent or dented if not in cases, and I would need just SOOOOO many cases!!!!
Frankie
xx

Wipso said...

Am I being stupid? Why would you want to do that? Is it just a space saving idea?
A x

Helen said...

Interesting technique - but I love my wooden stamps, despite the space it would save. But the time it would take me .... no, think I'll stick with no room!

alexa said...

That's a cool idea! Good luck with the rest!

NatashaMay said...

Wow! That's a good tip! Thanks for sharing. :) Happy WOYWW!

Lynnor said...

Thanks so much for sharing this process, Sue!! I have thought of trying to unmount some of my stamps, but really wanted to be able to have the image on the stamp...problem solved!!! Thanks again!!

Susie said...

I still love my wood and am not ready for this yet. It sure would save on room, however. What do you do with your wood blocks? Ebay?

Kathleen said...

What a great idea thanks for sharing.
Kathleen x

Cauliflower Cupcake said...

Love that idea but I still really enjoy using and having wooden stamps! If I get fed up with them then at least I now know what to do! Thanks
Happy WOYWW
Rebecca x

jodpea said...

Couple of times I've been frustrated with positioning wooden stamps but this just seems slightly like sacrilege!

Patti J said...

lol...I've wanted to do that for years, but DH says he likes walking in the back door and seeing my stamps on the wall... you go girl! How are you going to store them now? Just curious! Hugs...

Spyder said...

ooohooooo chalk or finger nails scrapping down a blackboard!! when I hear about peeling off the rubber from wooden stamps. I don't think I could do that to the few Penny Blacks I have, but! I can see that it would be easier to store them!
Happy WOYWW
((Lyn))

triciasconfetti said...

must admit don't have oodles of wood mounted stamps but admit to them taking up about 4 drawers in my titchy desk so I may just give this a go.
Thanks for sharing.
x Tricia (64)

okienurse said...

WOW! I have taken most of mine off wood but I have been buying the craft foam or the EzMount thin and that stuff is about $5 for an 8-1/2x 11 inch sheet. Very expensive. I think I will give this a try! How often do you have to redo the glue? Thanks for sharing! Vickie #46

Sarpreet said...

I couldnt bare to part with the wood - although I would save a lot of space, Thank you for sharing your workspace, Happy WOYWW 106, # 25

Leslie Miller said...

Cool! I've got some favorite keepers I might do this with. Thanks, Sue!

Glenda Atkins said...

Very interesting- hmmmmm - not sure if I am there yet, but good to know what to do if I ever decide to do this. Thanks for the tutorial...

angelfish said...

Great idea:) I don't envy you the task though!

Jovita said...

I thought about using Aleene's when I unmounted mine... I was too lazy to do that extra step! I did read that it sticks wonderfully for quite sometime.

Enjoy your unmounting :)

SueH said...

That’s something I’ve been meaning to do to my wood backed stamps for a long time too but kept putting it off.
Now I’ve realised how simple it can be I might just get a wiggle on and have a go.
Thanks for the tips!

Happy Crafting!
Sue
x

butlersabroad said...

Great tutorial Sue, I have some unmounted rubber stamps that I need to mount as they don't have the foam or anything.... not sure about my beloved wooden stamps yet, but I'm suspecting you've got way more than me anyway!!!

Hugs
Brenda 73

Cath said...

Great tutorial, Sue! I moxie LOVE it! :)

Maggie's Crafts said...

Great tutorial and fab photos.

Thank you for sharing and happy WOYWW!

Maggie #115
xx

Pam Sparks said...

cool! I almost thought for a second that the label would act like cling and stick to the acrylic! Boo... Still... a great idea!

Gina said...

What a great idea. I have very few rubber stamps - but the idea of having them take up even less room than they already do...I love! Thanks for the tutorial.

*CAFE said...

Great tutorial, Sue! I wondered how that was done! Thanks for sharing this info!

kelly said...

ok, that's just brilliant... i've never even THOUGHT of doing that before--just wondered why ALL my stamps aren't clear! thanks so much! ~k

Regan said...

Love it!! Great tutorial and it looks super easy! TFS, Regan

Lori Barnett said...

How in the WORLD did I miss this?!!! I think I really need to consider it!

Jen Carter said...

This looks like a great way to do it Sue! Thanks for sharing your process!

Jessica G. said...

Thank you for the tip. Never heard of Tack-It, but I found some at Michaels today. The Stampin'Up clings do not cling very well so I am adding Tack-It to those also and converting my SU wood stamps to cling. Thanks again for the idea.

sonja montgomery said...

Been working on demounting my stamps this way. Started about three yrs ago. It is a huge space saver. I keep mine in the stampin up storage boxes that they sell their clear stamps in. You can buy them empty, Qty of 4 I think gor about 5.00. They then go on some shelves.

sonja montgomery said...

Been working on demounting my stamps this way. Started about three yrs ago. It is a huge space saver. I keep mine in the stampin up storage boxes that they sell their clear stamps in. You can buy them empty, Qty of 4 I think gor about 5.00. They then go on some shelves.

Beth said...

I just finished un-mounting all my wooden stamps using your tips. They took up two very large draws. I'm loving the convenience of having all my stamps together on one shelf within easy reach. Most of them fit in empty Cd cases that I purchased over time at goodwill and yardsales. The larger sets I purchased clear cases from Stampin-up 4 for 6$. There is also a PDF download for Stampin-up stamps for labeling your new cases on Pinterest.

Bonnie said...

It works great! Thank you so much for the tip. Even though the space you save is great, the big issue is being able to use my wood stamps with my Misti. I had pretty much quit using my wood stamps because of a bad tremor in my hands. I was never able to get a clean, straight image. Now I'm able to use them all again (and I have a lot) and get perfect images. I understand the reluctance to take apart those great wood stamps, but for me it was do that or keep them as decorater items, the choice wasn't difficult, I love using my stamps again. Thanks again!

Teri Vinson said...

I am with Bonnie on this. I have a Stamp Perfect, and find it so much easier to work with my stamps. Before it, I would not use silhouette stamps, now I get great results since I can re-ink until I am satisfied. whether it be rubber or clear stamps. I hate the ridge that can happen when the wood mounted ones get rocked or pressed too hard, and you can't re-ink if it is not dark enough. Progress. Thanks for the confidence to do it.

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