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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Stampin' Up! Unmounted Stamps - How to Assemble - Tutorial

As of January 5th, Stampin' Up! will be offering both traditional wood mounted stamp sets AND also unmounted rubber stamps sets that are used with acrylic blocks !!!!!! Since they both sets use rubber (not see thru acrylic) for the stamp itself, the images are crisp and clean ... great quality that we expect from Stampin' Up!.

Stamps sets will be offered in wood mount OR unmounted rubber with the exception of the single stamps and Build-A-Bear stamp sets which will only be offered in wood mount.

NOTE: Products from Occasions Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration are NOT available until January 5th. Items show below are pre-view only at this time.

Like many craft enthusiasts, I have many, many wood mounted stamp sets. I thought it would be interesting to show a space comparison between unmounted and wood mounted. On the left are 14 DVD size cases of the new Stampin' Up! Unmounted stamps sets. Each case of the unmounted is the same size. On the right are 14 wood mounted stamp sets. The unmounted take up about 1/2 the space that the wood mounted does.

I found DVD stands that hold 28 DVDs. They are perfect for our new unmounted stamp sets. A bookcase/book shelf would be perfect too. The cases have photos on the front with name of the stamp set, on the side too. Then on the back you can see the design showing thru the case too (photos below).

How to Assemble the Unmounted Rubber Stamp Sets

Photo of the front of the case for "Messages for Mom"
Wood Mount (W): #117016 $25.95
Unmounted (C): #118580 $18.95
Set of 8

Inside the case will be a set of labels and a set of rubber with the stamps die cut ready to be punched out. Stamps have a layer of foam just like the wood mounted stamps.

The rubber sheet of stamps and the sheet of labels are in the exact same order. I find it is easiest to lay them by each other making sure that they are both laying in the same direction/order.

Push out one of the stamps ... again they are die cut and easy to remove.

Remove the protective white coating on the label. There is a slight slit in the coating to aid in the removal. Remove slowly so that the label does not dislodge from the sheet. If you accidentally remove the complete label, it still can be put on the rubber stamp just a bit more effort as the label is sticky.

There is also a protective white coating on the stamp. Remove it also.

Working from left to right, set the rubber stamp over the label then once in place press firmly. Then remove the rubber stamp with the label attached.

Photo above shows the label attached to the back of the rubber stamp. It has a cling surface and will adhere to your acrylic blocks easily as well as to the inside of the stamp case.

Photo above is of the rubber stamp side of the stamp.

Stamp can now be placed on an acrylic block (YES, Stampin' Up! has these blocks for sale too ... more information on them below).

This is really neat to be able to see the image thru the acrylic block to help with alignment of the stamped image. Of course, for the best image alignment we still recommend using the Stamp-a-ma-jig (item #101049)

When you are finished stamping, you clean the unmounted stamps with Stampin' Mist, pat dry, then place inside their storage case.

Press gently but firmly to adhere to the storage case.

Here's how they look from the back of the storage case. You can easily see each image thru the case.

We have 9 different sizes of Acrylic Blocks. Each block is labeled (A thru I), has a gripping indention all the way around, and Stampin' Up! on it. Blocks can be purchased individually or in a Block Bundle which includes 1 of each size. I purchased the Block Bundle (Item #118491) and it is pictured above. It is so nice to pick the perfect size for the image you are using.

Well, I'm off to set up more of my stamp sets. Then I can begin creating even more things to put on my blog to share with you.

Stampin' Up! -- Discover Your Creativity
(On-line ordering now available thru my website)


Snowmanlover said...

Super Great tutorial Mary!

Eclectic Chic Style said...

You're the best with the tutorials!! I love this!
♥ Teresa

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