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.
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.
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.
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.
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