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Old 06-08-2007, 03:52 PM   #1  
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I have very limited funds but am going to unmount my stamps as I just don't have any space. My friend and I have been looking at that foam stuff you are supposed to use and found that it's going to be expensive to buy enough for all our stamps. So we were trying to brainstorm and we thought we were ripping the foam off our stamps just to put it back on. So now we are just taking them off the wood blocks and I got vinyl like you use to cover your furniture or tablecloths for $2.99/yd and it's 54 inches wide. So I bought a 6 x 4 1/2 foot sheet of vinyl for $6. I'm sticking my rubber and foam to it ,trimming it, and then brushing Tack it over and over on the back. Does this sound like it will work to you guys who have gone unmounted already?
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Oh I forgot! Has anybody ever shopped from this website? They have a good price on TIOAO.
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You could also just strip your stamps down to the bare rubber and use double sided tape to affix the rubber to acrylic blocks. That's what I've done and it works just great with my SU stamps. I store the rubber pieces in baseball card holders I found at the dollar store. They all go in a binder organized like the catty. HTH!!
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Go down to the rubber! I use no cushion at all on any of my stamps!

All of my SU is unmounted - all my TAC is unmounted and I have no problem stamping with any of them!

Why waste the $$ to buy the EZ Mount!
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Go down to the rubber! I use no cushion at all on any of my stamps!
I personally prefer using the cling foam - but it is expensive to change them over all at once.

I have a friend who swears by the double-sided tape method - and she's a very talented stamper who does lovely work.

There's really no bad side to stripping down to just rubber. If you decide later that you need the cushion, you can always add it!
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I have very limited funds but am going to unmount my stamps as I just don't have any space. My friend and I have been looking at that foam stuff you are supposed to use and found that it's going to be expensive to buy enough for all our stamps. So we were trying to brainstorm and we thought we were ripping the foam off our stamps just to put it back on. So now we are just taking them off the wood blocks and I got vinyl like you use to cover your furniture or tablecloths for $2.99/yd and it's 54 inches wide. So I bought a 6 x 4 1/2 foot sheet of vinyl for $6. I'm sticking my rubber and foam to it ,trimming it, and then brushing Tack it over and over on the back. Does this sound like it will work to you guys who have gone unmounted already?

Carol,

You can purchase the Fun foam from a wal-mart and use that to put on your stamps.. and then use the Tack it over and over glue And then use the Acrylic block


The fun foam comes in a larger sheet.

Along time ago I used this for some of my unmounted stamps and it worked great. I still have some of those stamps that I used the fun foam on... and I still work as good as they did when I put it on.

This is just a idea.. and then you can store them in CD cases or Stamp Storage boards...What ever you wish to do with your stamps
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I should add that I keep some EZ mount on hand for the stamps that don't unmount easily. Sometimes the foam sticks or the adhesive is ultra sticky and it's too time consuming to pick all of it off the rubber. In that case, I stick it on the EZ mount!
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Go down to the rubber! I use no cushion at all on any of my stamps!

All of my SU is unmounted - all my TAC is unmounted and I have no problem stamping with any of them!

Why waste the $$ to buy the EZ Mount!
I have to totally agree with the others above who've said to go down to the bare rubber. About 2 years ago I did this and have NEVER regretted it once. Why waste your money on more cushion and gunk to put on them when they work just as well without it? They also take up less space and are easier to clean.

I did not like the TIOAO at all because after time, it ended up coming off the backs of the stamps and sticking to the plastic pages I was storing them on. And it was not easy to get off hundreds of stamps either after I worked so hard to put it on. Also, you have to reapply it ever so often.

Why not give it a try first before you decide to put more stuff on them? If you are concerned about getting a clean, crisp image because of no cushion, do what I and many of us do. Stamp on top of a mouse pad. It works perfectly. Whatever you do, I would suggest just trying a few stamps for a month or so and decide how you like it before you do it to all of them. I had really sore fingers because I didn't think to try a few first. I actually tried 3 different things, and had to "fix" hundreds of stamps 3 times. DUH!!!

If you have any questions about my method, feel free to pm me any time. I'd be glad to give you any suggestions or let you know my experience with unmounting. HTH!

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Have you tested whether the vinyl you are putting on the back of stamp provides enough cling to the acrylic block? You may not need to put the temp glue on there if it works. I read in other threads that some people use a vinyl cling, but haven't seen it or tried it myself.

Sandy, what do you use to stick the bare rubber to the acrylic block without using temp glue?

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Have you tested whether the vinyl you are putting on the back of stamp provides enough cling to the acrylic block? You may not need to put the temp glue on there if it works. I read in other threads that some people use a vinyl cling, but haven't seen it or tried it myself.

Sandy, what do you use to stick the bare rubber to the acrylic block without using temp glue?

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I put anywhere from 1 to 3 strips of 3M Poster Tape (#109) on each acrylic block depending on the size of the block. (You can get this at any office supply store, and even Target, Walmart, etc.) I can still see through the blocks fine, and this type of tape comes off easy and clean when I need to remove it (when it loses its stickiness). I've had them this way for over 2 years, and it works great! Most of them I have not even had to replace the tape yet. If you get the wrong type of double stick tape, it is a pain to get off. This stuff is great.

I store my blocks sticky side down on the backing from Xyron runners, or any other type of non-stick paper you can find (parchment paper, waxed paper, etc. would work fine).

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Just wanted to let you know that this method is working great for me. The stamps with the vinyl covering sticks to the acrylic blocks fine but not to my dividers in the folder so I painted on a thin layer of TIOAO. It doesn't leave residue on the block. If my stamps don't have enough sticky left to stick to the vinyl, I whack 'em with a little rubber cement. It's time consuming though. I have only done 3 sets but they are all on 1 page so I'm happy that I'll be able to have all my stamps in my "stamping area".
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How much were you looking to buy? You can get several sets on one sheet, I think I got on average of 6-8 depending on the size of the stamps....and if you order from cornish hertitage farms dot com you get free shipping on orders over $25. I think for my 90 sets I did I used 13 sheets.....
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I use "Tack n' Peel" It works great! You just cut a piece to fit your acrylic block and adhere it. You leave the top sheet on so you can keep it from collecting dust. Just remove it when before you put the stamp on. You don't need any foam between the stamp and the block. I haven't tried it without foam as all my stamps right now have the foam attached and I didn't mess with trying to take it off.
This method is really a lot cheaper than buying EZ Mount over and over again IMO.
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That's why I wasn't buying EZ Mount...it seemed like a rip-off to me. The vinyl is working great though and I have a big 4 1/2 x 6 foot sheet of it for $6!
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Carol- I'm just wondering why you added the vinyl instead of merely putting the TIO right onto the existing foam cushion. Seems as if you are adding a step (and an expense) that you dont need. Oh, I bet it's so that you can stamp an index?
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I forgot to add to my post that I'm glad you've found a system that is working for you
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I use "Tack n' Peel" It works great! You just cut a piece to fit your acrylic block and adhere it. You leave the top sheet on so you can keep it from collecting dust. Just remove it when before you put the stamp on. You don't need any foam between the stamp and the block. I haven't tried it without foam as all my stamps right now have the foam attached and I didn't mess with trying to take it off.
This method is really a lot cheaper than buying EZ Mount over and over again IMO.
gymnasticsmom- I just wanted to clarify about the tacknpeel. can you use this with unmounted rubber that has the sticky foam still attached? (you know the residue that you get after unmounting from wood). And is the TNP totally clear, or does is get cloudy after a bit? I had a block with TIO glue on it but didnt like it that much 'cause the block was not clear, but translucent and it cut down on the view too much for my liking. Just wondering about your take on the tacknpeel
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I added the vinyl originally as my friend and I were trying to just stick the stamp to the vinyl and the vinyl by itself to the acrylic block and that does work fine. I had to add the TIOAO because the stamps then wouldn't stick on the page protector sheets in my binder....they were too slippery so I used the TIOAO on them and now it works. I only use a little big to get them to stick and the bottle was less than $4 so hopefully 1 bottle will go a long way.
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I saw a post some where else the other day where some one had used the repositionable glue....put the glue on the back of the rubber...let it dry and it stuck like a post it note would stick...and it wasn't that TIOAO stuff that they used...I wish I could remember exactly which brand she said she used....
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You can save yourself the step of adding the vinyl to the stamp and apply the TIOAO directly to the leftover adheasive on the foam. I've done this with a few steps to test and it worked great. HTH
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Yes, you can use the Scotch Repositionable glue stick and they work just fine!
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All of my SU is unmounted - all my TAC is unmounted and I have no problem stamping with any of them!

Why waste the $$ to buy the EZ Mount!
KP - What do you use on your bare rubber?? I just got more TAC stamps and ordered a few SU sets and I'd like to try it without the EZMount. TIA
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Got a question........I'm ordering my 1st SU stamp sets and I don't want to mount these on the wood and I don't want the added expense of buying the EZ mount sheets.....How do I "assemble" the stamps once I get them? Does the SU stamps come with the foam already attached? If so, do I need to remove it? Help!!!

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I leave the cushion and rubber from SU sets on the original brown paper, store them in an invitation sized envie. I've indexed them on that. The rest I use bare rubber. If I need a cushion (and some stamps do), I use a CTMH foamy piece that is in every stamp set under my paper. No cost and very effective especially with the large stamps. No uneven stamping!
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I leave the cushion and rubber from SU sets on the original brown paper, store them in an invitation sized envie. I've indexed them on that. The rest I use bare rubber. If I need a cushion (and some stamps do), I use a CTMH foamy piece that is in every stamp set under my paper. No cost and very effective especially with the large stamps. No uneven stamping!
I forgot to mention that I just use some Scotch double sided tape on my acrylic block. If I haven't been able to get all of the adhesive off of my stamp, I just store it in one of my envies on a piece of clear file folders.
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