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Old 09-16-2008, 12:50 AM   #1
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I love the wheels that SU sells. I am a machy machy kinda girl. But i find that I don't use them as often as I would like. I forget that I have them. What do you to remember that you have them and that they are not just sitting unsued in your craft space?

I would love any ideas!! What works for you? Do you just have them out in the open? Unmount them? What do you do?
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I UM all my wheels and put them on EZ mount and store them in a binder. I use them all the time now.
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I unmount all of mine and my father cut some strips of wood and I mound them on there and set them with my stamps in cases..I still don't use them a ton because of the new cuttlebug embossing folders, but I may start using them for envelopes. I like alot of the new ones in this catty, so I may start using them more.
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I have mine the SU wheel box - I have a strip showing what each wheel I have in the box looks like attached to the lid.
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I have the SU! wheel boxes, and I keep them stored with my stamp sets. Maybe you should keep them next to your background stamps so that when you think to do a background you can see if any of your wheels will work.

I admit, though, that since the jumbo wheels came out I hardly use the regular sized ones much anymore....the jumbos are so much easier!
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I unmounted mine and found that I use them much more often.
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I admit, though, that since the jumbo wheels came out I hardly use the regular sized ones much anymore....the jumbos are so much easier!
ditto this...I {heart} my jumbos - the only small wheel I bought this year was Jolly - snowflakes....

I can't imagine unmounting mine...I use mine alot for decoration for paper bags and tissue paper, etc...so I need the full rolling effect
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I have a cd tower where I store all my unmounted stamps. On the flat surfaces on each side of the tower, I drilled (my son did!) tiny holes, and inserted a small piece of dole wood (that round wood). So I hang all my wheels on the sides of my cd/stamp tower! works great! Every time I reach for a stamp set...I also see all my wheels!

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I have a cd tower where I store all my unmounted stamps. On the flat surfaces on each side of the tower, I drilled (my son did!) tiny holes, and inserted a small piece of dole wood (that round wood). So I hang all my wheels on the sides of my cd/stamp tower! works great! Every time I reach for a stamp set...I also see all my wheels!

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Picture please! Sounds like it might be a good organization / storage tip for many of us . . . and the cd towers can be picked up for very little money now that so many people have mp3 players.
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How do you unmount a wheel stamp???
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Using a craft knife, carefully cut at the seam and just peel it off - comes off very easily!
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That was my next question!
Do you find it hard to line the stamp up if you need to make a longer "line" than just the one image? Does that make sense?
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I have mine in the wheel cases, stored with my other stamps. I have a Bygel rail with baskets and have the handles in the basket. I see them, therefore I use them lots. I like to use them on the envelope flaps (I have an example in my gallery). I am a machy machy, "everything hat to be even" girl!

Has anyone bought an uninked wheel cartridge and inked it with Versamark?
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I am going to unmount all of mine. they just don't get used often enough.
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I sold all my regular sized wheels on ebay. They needed to go to a new home where they would be loved. I kept all my jumbos. I got the end roll of newsprint from the newspaper and use it as wrapping paper decorated with my jumbo rolls.
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That's a good question because I also forget that I have them. All 120 of them!!!
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Yes! It takes quite a bit to ink it up initially, then you usually have to re-ink it somewhat before each session. You can also store it in a small zippered bag to keep it fresher between sessions. Works great though!
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I am addicted to the jumbo wheels, they're just so cute! I'm guilty of not using them too often though, but I love using them around the holidays to emboss envelope flaps, etc.!! I totally agree with GreenDragonLady, you need lots of Versamark, but it's so worth it!!
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I have and it works great!!

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Do you find it hard to line the stamp up if you need to make a longer "line" than just the one image? Does that make sense?
I've never tried it because I use mine for borders on cards - I never used them for wrapping paper, etc anyway. They are so much easier to stamp straight now that they're off those tricky wheels!
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That's a good question because I also forget that I have them. All 120 of them!!!
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I am so excited about the Versamark cartridge now!!!! I love Versmark, and I think I use it more than any of my other inks.
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I unmounted mine and found that I use them much more often.

Ditto. I put them all on EZ Mount and keep them in an elongated plastic box (like a pencil box that snaps shut, only longer?). They make GREAT background DP!
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I use them on backgrounds too. Some jumbo wheels as the focal point. But I don't use all my wheels either. I don't remember what I have - and I definitely don't have 120 of them. hehehe. I'm thinking of rolling out onto paper and cataloging them but I hate cleaning the wheels. Maybe, one of these days. Is there a good way to clean them?
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Yes! It takes quite a bit to ink it up initially, then you usually have to re-ink it somewhat before each session. You can also store it in a small zippered bag to keep it fresher between sessions. Works great though!
My SU demonstrator talked me out of doing this when I suggested it to her. She said she has had no luck at all with it. I'm glad to hear that someone has had success. I might have to rethink it...
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I use them on backgrounds too. Some jumbo wheels as the focal point. But I don't use all my wheels either. I don't remember what I have - and I definitely don't have 120 of them. hehehe. I'm thinking of rolling out onto paper and cataloging them but I hate cleaning the wheels. Maybe, one of these days. Is there a good way to clean them?
I clean mine by rolling them on scrap paper and then rolling them in a box of baby wipes. Works great! I have the stamp n scrub, but find that I almost never use it because baby wipes are so much more convenient and work so much better. Probably not so great for the environment, but I do get a lot of cleaning from one wipe - one can last me for days (unless, of course, my 6 year old is "helping" me).
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My SU demonstrator talked me out of doing this when I suggested it to her. She said she has had no luck at all with it. I'm glad to hear that someone has had success. I might have to rethink it...
Or re ink it, as the case may be.
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I UM all my wheels and put them on EZ mount and store them in a binder. I use them all the time now.

i just unmounted mine. i have to order ez mount, but for now, i'm using them with removable double sided tape and one of my spare cuttlebug plates.
i love them this way. SO much easier.
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i just unmounted mine. i have to order ez mount, but for now, i'm using them with removable double sided tape and one of my spare cuttlebug plates.
i love them this way. SO much easier.
Really??? OMG! I've heard so many people rave about doing this.. for some reason, I'm scared to death of doing it, it just doesn't seem "proper" .. I mean.. what if Shelli hunts me down???

I'm hyperventilating just thinking about doing something so risque!! talk me into it somebody!! LOL..
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I am so excited about the Versamark cartridge now!!!! I love Versmark, and I think I use it more than any of my other inks.
I must have missed something. what is everyone doing with the Versa mark?
????#2 if you unmount your wheels what do you do with those ink cartridges?
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Really??? OMG! I've heard so many people rave about doing this.. for some reason, I'm scared to death of doing it, it just doesn't seem "proper" .. I mean.. what if Shelli hunts me down???

I'm hyperventilating just thinking about doing something so risque!! talk me into it somebody!! LOL..
If you don't like it, can you reattach the rubber to the wheel?
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????#2 if you unmount your wheels what do you do with those ink cartridges?
The thing with Versamark is using the refill on a blank SU cartridge.
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IDK, I suppose you could try it with one, maybe your least favorite, and if you don't like it, don't repeat the process with any others. I like that I can get a straighter stamp than I ever could with the wheel, even with the wheel guide. I chose to mount mine on EZ Mount because I thought it would provide more structure for such a large stamp. A lot of online retailers now sell the long acrylic blocks that accomodate them, but I liked someone's solution of using a CB plate as well - good thinking!

I was really surprised how easily the rubber came off the wheel. Any little adhesive that remained on the back came off just by rubbing your finger over it - like rubber cement it would ball up and you could pick it off easily.

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oh, the rubber came off so easily. i was shocked.
all i did was run my xacto knife down the seam and peel the rubber away.
SO EASY. and now, i use them. today alone, i used three wheels.
i just have to find a way to store them now.. once i get them on ez mount, i mean. right now, they're tossed into a box. i want to keep them in the box, though. just need a better way.
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oh, the rubber came off so easily. i was shocked.
all i did was run my xacto knife down the seam and peel the rubber away.
SO EASY. and now, i use them. today alone, i used three wheels.
i just have to find a way to store them now.. once i get them on ez mount, i mean. right now, they're tossed into a box. i want to keep them in the box, though. just need a better way.
I bought white acrylic pages at stampandgo.com I can fit i think 8 or 11 on a page i don't remember exactly how many because i am at work and can't see them but I believe it should be 11 cause they are 1 inch. I just store them in 8 x 11 3 ring cheapy binders that you pick up from Walmart or Target. I so far got 2 - 2 inch binders of jumbo and 2 - 2 inch binders of regular and i need to start another binder for both as they are full now. Works GREAT If you check out this link and go to my BLOG I have pictures of my wheels on there...
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I have mine in the wheel cases, stored with my other stamps. I have a Bygel rail with baskets and have the handles in the basket. I see them, therefore I use them lots. I like to use them on the envelope flaps (I have an example in my gallery). I am a machy machy, "everything hat to be even" girl!

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My upline recently did a wedding album for someone and said that the versamark was sticky enough, that when inked from the ink pad, the wheels would run a full 12x12 with enough 'stick' to emboss well
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I go to work and don't get a chance to see the tread and look at all the great info!! I think you have convinced me to unmount. This might be one of my first projects once my new studio is finished. Thanks for all the info.

One more question. When they are unmounted about how long are they?
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I believe they are like 6 inches long cause if you look at my link i put in a couple boxes up where i have a link to my pictures where i um it looks like there is an inch on each side. I stored them in a 8 x 11 inch binder.
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**This info is from a class on wheels I did several years ago, some company info may be out of date, I'll try to edit that stuff out.**

I love wheels so this is my turn to share with all of you what I know about wheels. So here's a little history of how I started collecting and using stamps and wheels. I did not come up with all this stuff by myself. I am unable to credit sources, except I got a lot of my info from Clearsnap videos, stamping magazine, e-groups, Stampin' Up! and just from stamping for so long. Info has been accumulated, but not really recorded. I don't want to infringe on anyone's copyright ideas, I'm just sharing.

To participate in wheels all you need is the handle, ink cartridge and wheel. The rest is fun.

When I started with Stampin' Up! those many years ago part of the starter kit included the Candy Heart Wheel, handle and ink cartridge and my manager loved wheels so it's been downhill ever since. I now have 147 wheels in my collection and they are either Stampin' Up! or Clearsnap. I use them for cards, stationary, envelopes, tags, frames, background papers, scrap booking, bookmarks, gift wrap, shrink, boxes, bags, ribbon, polymer clay, paper clay, wood and there are a lot of uses I haven't even tried or heard about. Like using wheels on fabric, learned about that tonight, basically wheels are stamps that come with their own ink pad.

This is what I know about the wheels. Clearsnap is the company that produces all wheel stamps, known as Rollagraph. They also produce Colorbox, Top Boss, Ancient Page, Crafter's Ink, Fluid Chalk, Vivid and some other inks. Clearsnap makes the designs you will find at stamp and craft stores as well as their web site. Stampin' Up! used to carry a lot of the Clearsnap line of Rollagraph designs in their catalog until a few years ago. Stampin' Up! decided to have wheels that match their exclusive designs and so Clearsnap produces the wheels, handles with the SU logo, and the ink cartridge colors that coordinate with Stampin' Up!'s exclusive designs and colors. This is great because the wheels, handles and ink cartridges are interchangeable. I don't have any of the mini or jumbo wheels but the concept is the same, just a different sized design.

The designs for wheels are so varied. Some are solids so the color of the ink matters, you wouldn't want purple apples, some are a mix of solid and open designs, some are open designs that can stand alone or be colored using a wide variety of coloring elements. Some designs fit together to make a scene, for example, the clouds, mountain, pine trees, grass, sand, waves and sea life. Other designs are from known designers like Helene Metivier of Magenta, Toybox Rubber Stamps, Stampa Barbara, All Night Media, Sue Roberts, Paula Best, Sharyn Sowell and Sam Winston. Some designs are words and other designs are very random element designs, alone these random designs don't make sense but when used as part of an overall design they're amazing.

Don't worry about the color ink cartridges you have, I'll tell about the different inks and ink pads that you can use with the wheels. Here are some ideas to get you started. The way to ink your images can come from ink cartridges, stamp pads, rainbow pads, markers, embossing cartridge and the white ink cartridge. Ways to color the image are pencils, markers, chalks, radiant pearls, crayons, watercolor paints, direct-to-paper techniques. Just treat these like stamps and have fun. I don't have any specific recipes for you to follow, just some ideas of things to do with wheels. I'm hoping you share with me because there is a lot out there I don't know.
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Storage and removing wheel to use as a border stamp
This is how I store my wheels, ink cartridges and handles.
There are two types of handles, the basic handle is the one that holds the wheel and the ink cartridge. The other handle is called a ďPad Inking HandleĒ it is a small handle that does not hold an ink cartridge and has two prongs that holds the wheel. This is the handle you can use with stamp pads. You can store the handles in a decorated can, large plastic cup, the empty plastic Nestle Quick Chocolate milk containers are great too or even in a drawer. I store my ink cartridges in the flat craft keeper containers you can purchase at Wal Mart. It has individual sections to a cartridge fits in each section. Always keep the black plastic lid on the ink cartridge when not in use, it helps keep the cartridge from drying out. Itís very important to purchase ink refills when purchasing ink cartridges, youíll have to re-fill every couple hundred feet of wheeling, so itís good to have the ink cartridge refill on hand. Some people have had success using dye ink refills for their ink cartridges, I prefer to use the ink refills designed for the ink cartridge, the big difference is formulation of the ink. This is a preference not a rule, so just have fun. I keep all my ink refills in plastic shoeboxes in my craft closet, easy to get to, doesnít take up too much room. I strongly recommend you make a sample of each ink cartridge color, I have a small binder that holds large index cards. I just ink up a design, roll across the card and then for future reference I know how this blue or green looks. That helps when you have several shades to choose from. Iím a bit compulsive about stuff like this, I have samples of all my inks, markers, punches, RPís, glitters, flocking, Sizzix dies, etc. That way when I shop I take this little binder with me and donít duplicate.

Storing the wheels. The ideas I have heard of are on sewing machine spool holders, those multi pants hangers, clean Pringles can, tennis ball cans and some people even have bought the wire wheel holders from stamps stores going out of business. I store all my wheels in two of the 3 drawer Sterilite units from Wal Mart, they are the ones that sell for about $9.00 each. I store my wheels on edge, so that the design is visible. I can get 32 wheels in each drawer. I donít worry about developing a flat spot on the wheels because they arenít heavy like wood mounted stamps, the wheels shift and roll around each time I open the drawer. I also have a master stamp log, that has every image I own in it. I have a section for wheels, this does two things. One it keeps a record of what images I have so I donít duplicate and the second reason is that I roll each image onto the page. This lets me know that the image is ďgoodĒ, that way if I donít use the image for a long time, I wonít be surprised that it doesnít work or miss any return deadlines. Although Iíve never had a bad wheel, but itís just something I do.

A few years ago the stamp company Judi Kins came out with a line of Bolio stamps. These are for border style images on a square rolling pin thing. 4 designs on one mounting. For a while it was the rage to buy the wheel stamp, remove it from the plastic wheel, which is fairly easy to do and using it as an unmounted or mounting it like a Bolio. Some people have even cut apart some of the block style wheel designs to use as smaller single stamps. I havenít but thatís another way to use the wheels.
There are a lot of other ideas on how to store the handles, ink cartridges and wheels, the above is just what works for me.
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