Mounting Unmounted Rubber Stamps

by Beate Johns

Get unmounted rubber stamps ready to use.


  • Unmounted Rubber Stamp Images, Flower Soft™ Moments in Time, Man of the Match used here

  • Repositionable Cushioning Sheet, Kling-On used here

  • Rubber Scissors

  • Acrylic Block


  1. Step 1

    Take a piece of repositionable cushioning sheet the size of your rubber stamp sheet and turn it foam size down.

    Start peeling off backing paper.

  2. Peel off paper completely.

  3. Step 2

    Place your rubber stamp sheet over the cling foam.

  4. Press both layers together to make sure they stick together.

  5. Step 3

    Start trimming the rubber stamps closely with rubber scissors.

    Only make straight cuts or you will undercut the rubber, taking away the support of the cushion.

  6. Continue to trim your stamps until they are all cut out.



    Alternatives to Cling Foam:
    Instead of mounting your rubber stamps to cling foam, you can also trim them and attach them to an acrylic handle with
    -Double Sided Tape
    -Tacky Glue

    Storing Unmounted Stamps
    There are several storage solutions for unmounted stamps. You can keep them in empty CD cases, ring binders or in special storage containers. Some of them are:
    -Storage boxes sold by Gina K. and Taylored Expressions

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Where can I buy the cling sheets to put my unmounted stamps onto. And will they say on the block good like the wood mount one's do?
Shirley Lacroix  |  Wed Mar 17, 2010 at 6:12 PM
Where can I buy the Tacky glue?
Shirley Lacroix  |  Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 1:28 PM
The tack it glue is by Aleene's (Tack-It Over & over). I put it directly on the back of the rubber, store in a container such as CD containers. Use on acrylic blocks to stamp. It is available at Micheals
loisJP  |  Mon Mar 29, 2010 at 11:17 PM
Hello Beate my question for U is I am taking off my wood from the stamp to start useing them on clear block instead. Went to Michaels and was reading the goof be gone and it say not to use on rubber, do U know of something I can use to take off the left behind glue and foam, my nail are dying and the craft knive has cut into my rubber Please Help.
Earline  |  Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 9:57 AM
Hi Earline,

You can pop your wood stamps into the microwave for about 5 seconds. That will loosen the glue on the wood and you will be able to peel off the rubber stamp with foam. Then just store it like it is and use on acrylic blocks or if it's not sticky enough, add some tacky glue.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 10:07 AM
Thanks Beate for answersing my question so fast. I love your work. Thanks for all of your videos also they are such a blessing to look at. I have learn a lot from you, I also tell people about you so they too can enjoy watching and looking at your art work, so they can be better cardmaker them self.
Earline  |  Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 1:26 PM
I have some unmounted stamps that have an adhesive cushion backing, but no cling. Where can I buy just the cling sheets. I have been using Holiday ones from the dollar store, but would like to know if you can buy them in bulk. Thanks.
Michele  |  Tue May 4, 2010 at 1:46 PM
use tac-n-peel from joanns. you don't have to remove it, just put it directly on your blocks, no cushion needed, and then use with any unmounted stamps. save the yellow sheet to put on after you r finished and to protect the sticky side. so EASY and no extra cutting!!! love it. easist way to store unmounted stamps are in empty cd cases and label. put on old cd holder in your closet!!! you'd be surprised how much these hold. happy stamping!!!
chris sturtz  |  Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 6:38 PM
I've always stored my unmounteds in photo storage boxes, the kind you can buy just about anywhere. I usually get mine at Michael's when they have a 2-for or 3-for $ sale. I stamp the image on a piece of basic white cardstock that is cut to fit horizontally in the storage box and put the stamp behind it. I've got tabbed cards for "words", "backgrounds", "people", "flowers", etc. and just file the stamped image and the rubber stamp in the appropriate category. Then I can just flip through them, like I would a filing drawer. This works for me and I can store a lot of stamps this way.
Linda DesGroseilliers  |  Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 6:01 AM
I use EZMount on all of my stamps and then put them in binders using their storage panels. The stamps stick great on the acrylic blocks and on the storage pages. Crafter's Companion now carries these and has EZMount on sale for 30% off. I found them after the review done on SCS a couple months back on the Ultimate craft tool thing. Another wonderful invention!
Gail Messick  |  Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 7:19 AM
I used all the above and by far my favorite is Tsukineko Tack N Peel. I put that on my blocks, it's clear, can rinse off with water when it's got glitter or something on and you don't have to mess with glues or spend extra on the cushion that I found isn't necessary. The stamps take up less space in CD cases and binders too.
Betty  |  Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 8:33 AM
I am currently unmounting my stamps to make them more portable as we travel between our summer and winter homes. I found a product the same as EZ mount on ebay. It is cheaper and the advantage to me is that the cling side is plain white. So--after peeling off the outer paper, I stamp my images (many on the sheet), let them dry awhile. Then I cut them up, line them up w the rubber and place the sticky side on.OH yes--the rubber must be clean--I'm using alcohol to remove the goo. I am storing them in labeled CD cases lined up in photo boxes.
MaryJo Kuhn  |  Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 9:08 AM
MaryJo Kuhn,
What is the name of the product you found on eBay?
Kay  |  Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 9:36 AM
reply regarding generic ezmount product: I found it just by Googling EZ Mount. Then this one pops up and there is a whole page of info. It is also cheaper than the brand name. I saw it originally on a demo on utube. It is called Ammiki Cling Foam.
MaryJo Kuhn  |  Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 10:18 AM
While I haven't gotten around to doing this with my existing wood-block stamps, I take the sticker sheet from the new sets I buy, carefully removing the backing and applying it to a white sheet of copy paper and then I scan it. (I apply it to the plain paper because the directions on the backing sheet were showed through on my first round of scans.)

I open my word processing program (WORD) and insert the scans and then I print them in reverse image mode onto Window Decal sheets for inkjet printers. (You can find these at most office supply stores, I use the Office Depot brand).

I rough cut around the image on the decal, line it up with the rubber image, and apply it to the exposed adhesive on the stamp and trim it up. Then I peel off the protective sheet from the decal. Works like a charm. smile -dana
Scraphappy63  |  Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 2:03 PM
What can I do with all of my wood blocks? I have a lot! Thanks Ardythe
Ardythe Arnold  |  Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 8:50 AM
Wish I could answer this question! I have bags of them---its really painful knowing you have paid for the blocks! If anyone has a good idea, please let us know.
MaryJo Kuhn  |  Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 5:00 PM
I am taking my stamps off the blocks, a few at a time. I have been putting the wood blocks in my blue recycle bin, as I don't want to store them. I assurme they will find a 2nd life.
pat smith  |  Mon Jul 19, 2010 at 2:07 PM
chris sturtz  |  Tue Jul 20, 2010 at 9:16 PM
I am so confused on how to store my stamps in a way that keeps them together and portable, without being so heavy. So I am a newbiee and I keep searching. I don't know if it is ok to ask this or not but I really need a certain storage tote and I can't find one. It is a Craft Locker Accessory tote. Either new or used but works good. If anyone has one or knows of someone please let me know. Thank you for this and all your wonderful storage ideas. Really Creative People on this site.
Happy Crafting,
Debbie  |  Sat Sep 11, 2010 at 5:44 PM

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