Tutorial: Using Cling Mount with unmounted stamps
Today’s tutorial by Sandy is showing how to use a product that not all stampers are familiar with: Cling Mount. It is a backing that can be put onto red rubber, and it then sticks to an acrylic block. It’s very easy to use – and if you don’t already have any red rubber that you would want to mount, today we’re announcing a partnership with StampersBest.com to have custom stamps made with OWH and your name! Check out the Homefront Blog for details. The supplies used in this tutorial were generously provided by Stampers Best, aside from the scissors. Which were borrowed from a stampin’ buddy, Kelly.
Here is a partial transcript of the video…I can’t seem to stay on-script, but it’s close. You’ll have to watch to get to the secret at the end!
If you’ve ever gone to a stamp company website and seen “UM” or “unmounted” prices, you may have wondered how you’d use them – the prices are lower than woodmounted or clingmounted stamps – because they’re just the plain red rubber.
When I say plain red rubber – that’s a little misleading. There is plain red rubber, and then there is deeply etched red rubber. Let me show you the difference. This is a sheet of the OWH freebie stamps we’ve been sending out so you will stamp the backs of your cards so we won’t have to. It’s nice thick rubber and etched deeply. You can also see the same on this sheet from StampersBest.com – deeply etched, thick rubber. This other little stamp, which I unmounted from one of the dollar woodmounted stamps, is very thin. I hope you can see the difference between the two – this stamp has trouble with inking around the edges, but deeply etched, good stamps have that inking surface high enough that the inkpad doesn’t touch that rubber edge unless you start smashing the stamp into the pad.
Stamps come in different combinations of mount, depending on the site and what you purchase. You can order plain, wood mounted, cling mounted, cling mounted and trimmed – so watch what you click. These samples are from StampersBest.com. This looks like the same set but – one is just the red rubber, you trim and mount it as you wish. This other set has already been mounted and trimmed, and comes with a cool coated sheet so your stamps stick to it and stay together as a set, and it’s printed with the images on the other side, too.
The cling cushion comes in these huge sheets, so you can mount several sets on each, and they’re reasonably priced. I’ll be using a sheet that’s been cut in half to show you how to use it. You’ll see it has adhesive on one side, very sticky, and the other side is a tacky and will stick to an acrylic block. So….
When you get your red rubber OWH stamp, place the stamp on the sticky side, trim it out, peel off the back, and your stamp is ready to use with an acrylic block. Leave the paper backing in place, and your sheet of cling is protected from sticking to other things.
To mount a set of stamps, cut a piece of cling cushion a little larger than your stamp set, peel off the sticky side, and adhere the rubber to it. With a pair of really good scissors, these are called Kai scissors, trim around the stamp. The deeper etched the stamp is the less you need to worry about getting it trimmed really close. Thinner rubber needs careful trimming.
If you don’t know if your stamp is deeply etched or not, leave a bit of space around the edge as if it is; then when you stamp it, if the edges get ink on them, you can trim in closer.
A note about storage, too – there are a lot of options for storage of cling stamps (as well as acrylics) – Stampers Best has these storage sheets that you can place your stamps on, and I’ll show you what I use – empty cd cases! These should be the thick cases, not the slimline ones, and you’ll pop out the inside tray. Your cling mount will stick nicely to the plastic, and you can stamp yourself a key sheet to put on the top of the case. I also label mine on the sides, and keep the cases on a shelf.
That’s it for our short tutorial today….hope it helps you get more use out of unmounted stamps!