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Old 02-01-2013, 08:12 AM   #1
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I have started mounting some bare rubber stamps on EZ-mount, using a hot knife. It's going ok, except my fingers are constantly sticky from the EZ-mount, which then makes it a mess. I'm trying to not touch the back of the mounted stamps so the cling doesn't get sticky, but I'm at a loss as to what to do. I've tried other methods (TIO&O, double stick tape, etc) but I really prefer cling foam. One other thing I've noticed is that the sides of the mounted stamps are sticky, too. Does this wear off in time or is there something I should be doing for that issue, too? Thank you all so much for your input!
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Are you mounting them on wood? sound like you have double stick mount instead of the cling mount for clear.

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It's a messy job. Personally, I didn't enjoy the hot knife and only used it when I had several full sheets to cut. I would say that the stickiness decreases a bit with time.
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You can dust any exposed adhesive with baby powder before cutting and this should help.
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I haven't ever done this, so I was curious. Here's a YouTube of someone doing it, and she does talk about how she does it and addresses the stickiness issue, which I guess is pretty unavoidable. At least you can watch someone else and see if there's anything you might do differently:

Bare Rubber Stamps, EZ Mount and a Hot Knife - YouTube

I didn't even know what a hot knife was. Very interesting and much faster than scissors. But I think I am too much of a klutz to use one safely.
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I haven't ever done this, so I was curious. Here's a YouTube of someone doing it, and she does talk about how she does it and addresses the stickiness issue, which I guess is pretty unavoidable. At least you can watch someone else and see if there's anything you might do differently:

Bare Rubber Stamps, EZ Mount and a Hot Knife - YouTube

I didn't even know what a hot knife was. Very interesting and much faster than scissors. But I think I am too much of a klutz to use one safely.
This is a pretty good video demonstrating the use of a hot knife, however I do 2 things differently.

1. I would never hold the image in my hand while trimming. I think this is asking for an accident to happen. I peel the cling side of my foam and stick it to a glass mat, then I peel the sticky side, adhere my stamps and proceed to cut on the mat.

2. I still use the baby powder. Yes it is messy, but I hate the sticky mess made without it more. You don't have to sprinkle the powder. You can use a cotton ball to pounce it on.
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Thank you all so much for your advice! Rachel, I hadn't seen that particular video and it's a good one! And you're not alone, Rachel, 'cause I'm a terrible klutz. I'm just really, really, really careful when I use the hot knife. I'm going to try the baby powder today. I agree with you, Arizona, about not holding the stamp in my hand! I've been cutting them the same way you do, flat on a glass mat. I like the idea of dusting with a cotton ball! That sounds like much less of a mess than sprinkling. I just feel better knowing I'm not alone thinking this is a sticky job!
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