With any of my NEW stamps, I first peel the rubber from the cushion (for the SU sets), keeping the rubber still connected.
Then I place the rubber, flat side down. I ink it up with black Stayz On ink. I peel the paper off the cling side of the EZ Mount foam and set this down on top of the inked stamps, making sure to line up the left corner of the rubber with the left corner of the EZ Mount. I set the stamped EZ Mount aside for a few hours and immediately clean the rubber with the Stayz On cleaner.
Once the ink has dried, I turn the rubber over so the flat side is up. Then I peel the paper off the sticky side of the EZ Mount foam and line up the right corners of the rubber and foam -- and stick the foam to the rubber.
If I am lucky, my indexed images are fairly dead on after I cut the images apart. (Make sure to cut with the rubber facing you, not the indexed side.) :)
I find it really easy to index my new sets, like I mentioned before because I peel the entire sheet of rubber stamps off as one big piece. I cut the EZ Mount to fit that size so that lining everything up after I've stamped with the Stayz On is much easier. What if a person made their own pseudo sheets of rubber with their unmounted stamps and typing paper or cardstock?
1. Take a piece of paper (8-1/2 x 11) and laid out the rubber with the image side up - maybe stuck down with some repositionable double stick tape -
2. Ink rubber with the Stayz On.
3. Line up the botton left corner of the cling side of the EZ Mount and gently set on the rubber to make the index.
4. Carefully lift the EZ Mount off the rubber and set aside to dry (I usually wait an hour, but that's just me).
5. Flip the rubber over, take off the tape, but make sure to leave the rubber in exactly the same place.
6. (After the ink is dry..) Remove the lining from the sticky side of the EZ Mount and then line this up over the bottom right hand corner of the 8-1/2 x 11 paper and set it down on the rubber, pressing down lightly on the cushion to make sure everything is stuck.
7. Flip the cushion, stamps, paper over and carefully peel off the paper and the repositionable tape.
The big thing to remember is to cut on the RUBBER side of the EZ Mount. The lining up might be off a little and if you cut on the index side, you could accidentally cut the rubber.
I coat my Kai scissors with embossing ink when I cut the EZ Mount stuff. That sticky side is VERY sticky. The first time I mounted a few sets, I didn't know this trick and my scissors were a big gummed mess.
I stamp an insert for the CD with all of the images and have a label on the side of the CD.
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The biggest reason is for storage! Unmounted stamps take up far less space than wood mounted stamps. :) Also being able to see through the clear block virtually eliminates the need for using a stamp positioner as you are able to see where you are stamping your image. (I do still sometimes use my Stamp A Ma Jig at times.) My old wood blocks were either tossed or donated.
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