Thursday, January 15, 2009

Un-mounting Stampin' Up Stamps

**Disclaimer**I know this is going to cause some of you to FREAK OUT, and I would have done the same thing just a few years ago. I to was a die hard Stampin' Up Fan, I would only purchase stamps from this company I enjoyed the style, the matching paper and ink along with my Demo and her creative ideas. I am not nor have I been a stampin' up demo on the other hand I have been a paper crafter and scrapbooker for over 14 years so I bring my experience and my stamping style into this conversion.

Readers of my blog know that I have fallen in love with a stamp company called Papertrey Ink. I so enjoy the stamp sets they produce the new ink they have mastered and the coordination of paper and ribbon colors - this ink it is just divine, there are no other words to describe it.

If you would have asked me before I found this company if I would ever use anything else my answer would have been NO. So for the past few years since finding Splitcoast stampers on the Net I have been trying different stamps, different DP's and so on. For the most part I keep coming back to PTI. In this process I also purchased some Stampin' Bellas they come as rubber, unmounted stamps. Whith them I would use my Scotch brand Double Sided Tape and the acrylic PTI stamping blocks. They worked on the other hand I don't like to color images so I don't purchase these stamps anymore and I have sold mine. If there is an image I would like I ask for it in the SCS user forum Wish RAK.

There has been some talk in our PTI swap thread about unmounting su stamps. I have done this in the past to make corrections to trimming or image placement on the wooden blocks but never before have I removed them for ever that is until this past week. I took a so so stamp set that I don't use much but is in my keep pile and totally unmounted it from the wood block and the foam. Here is how it is done...

1. heat your wood block mounted stamp in the microwave for 10 seconds
2. remove your stamp from the wood block
3. place stamp in microwave for another 10 seconds then remove the foam backing
4. take rubbing alcohol to remove any leftover sticky residue on the stamp back
5. mount to a CD case with double sided sticky tape, I use Scotch Brand
5. mount with easy mount for a more permanent mount of your stamps
6. remove image sticker from wood block while it is still warm and place on the front of your cd case
7. remove name sticker from your storage box and place on the spine of the CD

Now you have unmounted your stamps and are ready to create. I have more alterable items in my stash from the conversion, coming up I will show you how to reuse your wooden blocks and your storage containers.

What are your thoughts on this subject I would love to hear them...

Happy Stamp Day!


Jen said...

Sara, you are wonderful! Thank you for this how to!

Amy said...

This is a great tutorial! Thanks!

Karen said...

I have not unmounted any of my SU stamps that were already mounted, but I have not put any new SU stamps to wood in the last year and a half now. I put vinyl cling onto the sticky side of the foam (that is attached to the rubber) in order to store them in CD cases and use acrylic blocks to stamp with them. I am SO glad that I did!!! It helps with storage immensely AND I actually use them MORE now! Thanks for the breakdown on how to go about unmounting my mounted SU stamps. I too, am loving PTI's stamps!

Karen said...

Whoops! Almost forgot! I am really looking forward to seeing what you do with the clamshells and wood blocks! I have a ton of them and cannot bring myself to throw them out and need some ideas of what to do with them! :>:>

Suzanne said...

I just unmounted most of my retired sets and LOVE it! One CD case has THREE sets in it! I'm using EZ mount..... You'll LOVE it too, I'm sure :)