Tutorial - Unmounting Rubber Stamps

Today's tutorial is courtesy of Cora. Visit her blog at Cora Jean's Paper Playtime. Cora is a regular contributor to the OWH Facebook page, and recently posted about how she organizes her stamps by unmounting her rubber stamps and storing them in CD cases. We wanted to share her process with any of you who might have missed the Facebook post.

Step 1
Stamp as many images as you can get on a sheet of copy paper. Label the images with the stamp maker. I file the stamped papers in an Avery sheet protector in a 3 ring binder. You will need to come back to this sheet when you put the stamps in the CD cases.

Step 2
Using your thumb nail or a pair of tweezers get under the rubber and between the foam and pull the rubber off. Don’t worry about the rubber tearing, it is sturdy. Some people put the stamp in the microwave for 20 seconds or so to loosen the glue. It loosens the glue from the block but for me it does not loosen the glue between the rubber and the foam. Feel free to try both ways. The wood block can get hot so be careful. I find the microwave a waste of time.

For the cleaning I use Un Du or Goo Gone. Goo Gone is messy and oily. I think it does a quicker job. If using Un Du use on a small area at a time as it dries fast. The best tool you have is your fingers. Scrape the gunk off with your nails or roll off with fingers. I have also used a rough wash cloth and even some rough net from Joannes. Don’t use the green pot scrubber or you will have a mess. Just be patient and work the gunk off. As you work keep your eye on the front of the stamp. Try to keep the gunk from getting in the crevices. When I am through cleaning I give the stamps a soapy bath and make sure the fronts are free from debris. You can use a toothpick.

Step 3
Lay the clean rubber out on a piece of foil, craft sheet or the waxed side of freezer paper. I also use freezer paper under my paper that I am using with my ATG. The excess glue is easy to roll off. If you use regular paper under the rubber you will have them sticking to it and you can’t peel it off. Make a little foil cup and pour some glue in it. Brush on with a kids throw away paint brush from the middle to the edges using a thin layer. You can also use poster tape on your acrylic block if you don’t want to mess with the glue. If you use poster tape to hold the rubber in the CD case that gets expensive too. I used poster tape to begin with but soon converted.

Note: When I am brushing on the glue I use a toothpick to hold the rubber down. It likes to shift and using a finger to hold it down doesn't work.

Step 4
After the glue has set up put the rubber in a regular CD case. The thin ones will not work. Put a number on the cases. Match the number on the reference sheet to the case.
Total time to do the 34 stamps was 3 hours. 20 minutes stamping, 20 minutes unmounting, 2 hours cleaning, 15 minutes applying glue

Thanks again, Cora for sharing this process with us! If anyone has an idea for a future Tuesday Tutorial, or if you would like to share a technique of your own with us, please write me at kate@operationwritehome.org.

Stamper in TRAINing –   – (May 3, 2011 at 7:26 AM)  

Thanks so much!! I have countless drawers full of RS to do this to, so I am grateful indeed!

Julie  – (May 3, 2011 at 7:54 AM)  

What kind of glue do you use for this? It looks like Aleene's but not the regular gold bottle?

Kate  – (May 3, 2011 at 9:40 AM)  

Julie, I enlarged the photo and it looks like Aleen's Tack-It Over and Over

Marsha  – (May 3, 2011 at 5:53 PM)  

Does the glue on the back help them stick to an acrylic block? I've always mounted them back onto EZ Mount but glue sure would be cheaper if that's what it is for.

Cora  – (May 3, 2011 at 6:03 PM)  

Yes, the Aleens Tack it Over and Over is used in place of foam mounts. I advise using a mouse pad under the paper you are stamping on since there is no cushion on the block. I have never had to put more glue on the rubber even after pulling from the CD and using many times.

Just Me  – (May 3, 2011 at 11:54 PM)  

Thanks so much for this tutorial. I think my project for National Scrapbook day will be unmounting my rubber stamps. Tomorrow I will purchase some glue and CD cases.

PCM  – (May 4, 2011 at 4:26 AM)  

Great Tutorial. I use the EZ Mount, but I have TONS, and I mean TONS of stamps to unmount. I do have some already in CD cases. I cut a sheet that fits inside the CD case though, and stamp that with the images inside that case.

Kathryn  – (May 5, 2011 at 4:48 PM)  

Thank you for sharing the tutorial, Cora. I now know for sure that this is not for me! I appreciate having all the details so I could make that decision. :)

Anonymous –   – (May 12, 2011 at 12:21 PM)  

sorry but I still am unclear what the glue is for....

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