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Old 10-22-2004, 07:36 PM   #1
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Default The worst mounted stamp I've EVER seen....

was tonight. A neighbor brought over some stamps a friend let her borrow. When she showed me a SU! "Happy Holidays" stamp, I almost cried!!! It wasn't a set - it was a single stamp that said "Happy Holidays" on it. The foam mounting was cut bigger then the rubber was, and the rubber was just cut around the words in a square - no cutting close or into open areas or anything. The wood was BLACK (okay - I'm not so big on keeping the wood clean, but this was CRAZY!!!). She wanted me to fix it. I flat out refused. I told her, she could nuke it for 10 to 15 seconds in the microwave and try to peel off the foam and rubber and re-cut and re-mount. Or take an Exacto Blade to it and try to trim it up, but I sure as heck wasn't going to do it for her. The clear label had 2001 on it, but that only means when the word came out - not when it was mounted. It was a MESS!!! The neighbor is going to try to get her to come to my stamp-a-stack so she can see how stamps should be mounted. But like I told the neighbor, I'm not going to be responsible for this woman's poorly mounted stamp set, since she doesn't think there is anything wrong and it's working for her. BLAH! It almost broke my heart to see such a poorly mounted stamp not living up to it's full potential!!! It also made me wonder how many other abused stamps there are out there!! Anyone else have a horror story of mis-mounted stamps??? ~Pam
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Old 10-22-2004, 07:53 PM   #2
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Isn't there a stamp abuse hotline we can call???LOL
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I bought a set from someone online and they had mounted it all wrong. Tiny pieces were on these huge honkin' wood blocks, so the bigger stamps were on the teeny tiny blocks and hung off the blocks. There's no way to fix that! And I feel I can't sell the set without telling the buyer what the deal is...and NOONE in their right mind would buy it knowing what is wrong with it. The stamps that hang over the block aren't even stampable for cryin' out loud....

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I think there should be!!! I haven't been into stamping that long, but my heart literaly fell when I saw it!!! 1 800 SAV STMP or something???? ~Pam
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I stamped a butterfly I'd bought on e-bay on an all-but-finished card and when I lifted the stamp was horrified to find an upside down butterfly in the middle of all my hard work. I also bought a set of three stamps from an e-bayer, two of the stamps were labeled wrong, and none of them were trimmed at all.
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Old 10-22-2004, 08:06 PM   #6
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Oh, woe is me!!! The agony of it all!!! I can't handle it!!! Where did it go wrong??? ~Pam
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We have to "loooove" our mismounting sisters and brothers before we can help them..

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PPppppptt. That was me spit-laughing on the moniter...

Tinnalee~ What did you do? Scrap it or save it somehow? *Please tell me she was able to save it...*

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Old 10-22-2004, 08:27 PM   #9
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Yes, RNESIN, they must hit rock bottom before they can see the light.

(Envision Scarlett from Gone With the Wind scrapping up a mis-mounted stamp from the earth, starved and shaking from stamping withdrawl) And it is my job, from here on out, to devote myself to making sure all stamps that I sell and demo are properly mounted!!! Even if I have to cheat, steal or lie to make sure the stamps are mounted correctly. Nor any of my folk or kin folk, they will never see a mis-mounted stamp again!!!


HAHAHAHA!!! It's getting late - can you tell??? ~Pam
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uhhhh, i have stamped an upside down image before.... on a stamp i mounted myself
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lburanas - me too!!!!! I'm NO mounting expert!!! But that stamp I saw tonight was a tragedy!!! ~Pam
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Okay, I must confess:

#1: I'm a dork who has put a sticker on upside down and not realized until I used the stamp. However, I had just done it so it was easy to fix.

#2. I've also been guilty of getting word/saying stamps really crooked.

#3. Now, for the third thing (you know bad things come in threes), when I first started stamping, I had never been to a workshop, only a stamp camp, therefore I had never seen or heard how to mount a stamp. I didn't even know they came unmounted. Anyway, I sat at my mom's house for hours and cut out all her new stamp sets and mine (over 15 in one night) and I mounted all the stamps, cut out the stickers so they would fit on the stamps, etc. HOWEVER, I threw away all the stickers that had the name of the set, copyright date and number of stamps in the set. I just thought that it was for the benefit of them packing and shipping, I had no idea you were suppose to put it on the case.

When I told the demo. I had done this, she felt horrible because she had never told us.

I'm better now!!! Fully recovered and now a demo myself!
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Don't feel so bad, I threw the sticker away that had the name/copyright etc. from all of the sets in my demo kit when I was putting my new sets together. I didn't figure it out until almost a year later. DOH!!!
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when i first started and before i was a demo, i used to cut all my stamps around the image in a big circle or square, like 4 cuts would take of the whole stamp, and then the sticker i cut in trapezoids, rhombuses, totally weird uneven shapes cuz i was lazy and just as long as i didn't cut into the image i didn't care.

NOW, i am SOO anal about trimming them so close and being careful not to undercut that i have almost cut part of the image off, cuz i was cutting so close! of course i have never done that yet, but come close! and the stickers now have to be PERFECTLY square.

i have a problem.
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Well you all made me laugh so hard! My first few stamp set were trimmed so poorly that I spent an afternoon with a razor blade and some Un-Du to clean up the mess. I can now pass them off as sort of OK. We just don't know when we are new!!!!
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I confess, too, that some of my first sets are poorly mounted... and have listed them as such when I sell them. I know I could fix them, but I haven't used them in years, so may as well let the new owner mount them to suit herself. I figured as long as they fit, why trim? Duh! Boy did I learn fast!
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