I personnaly started out purchasing all of my stamsp from SU and love
them, then about 3 years ago I went to a stamp convention here in
Minnesota and I met the lady who sold The Angel Company stamps. Well
the long and the short of it is that I had a workshop, saw how much
room I could save in storage and well I have never turned back. I have
even unmounted quite a few of my SU sets and so now I have 80 stamps
sets on my work table (as I keep them in a cd turntable) and right at
my finger tips and love that idea the most.
So what do you think? Mounted or Unmounted? I am just wondering.
North Branch, MN
Unmounted for me too. I haven't bought any from the Angel Company but have
looked at them. I love their storage system. Someone told me clear stamps
don't give as good an impression as real rubber but I haven't tested that
theory. What do you think since you have them both. I'm an SU demo and
have asked the company about giving us the choice of mounted or unmounted
but haven't heard back about it.
On 9/20/06 9:38 PM, in article
I love unmounted stamps. I have thousands of stamps (I'm not exaggerating!)
and they are all stored in notebooks in a small TV stand. Not only are the
unmounted stamps less expensive but they take up so little room. I use the
EZ Mount system and I am SO happy with the way it works. I have unmounted
all of the stamps that I purchased over the years, so they can be easily
stored and cataloged. If I really liked the way a stamp was shown colored
on the mount then I colored copy the wood block and store that picture with
the stamps. It's really easy to find the stamp the I want. Also, even though
they aren't clear stamps, I can see through the acrylic block to see exactly
where to place the stamp.
If you do go with unmounted you should get a pair of KAI scissors, they are
wonderful for cutting rubber.
There are many places on the internet to buy unmounted, most of them also
sell sheets of stamps which are a tremendous bargain (that's why I have
thousands of stamps).
I have some of the clear stamps and I don't really like they way they stamp.
Don't really know what it is, but I just don't like them.
I'm all about unmounted anymore! I used to use HALOS, so most of my UMs are
done with that system, but I'm in love with EZ Mount now (those little black
loop fuzzies are ***everywhere*** in my stamping - which is really a bear
when trying to stamp with a solid image!), and won't be mounting any more of
mine with HALOS from now on.
SAD, TAC's stamps aren't clear, it's just the mount that is... their stamps
are regular rubber, and they use basically the "EZ Mount" system.
I don't like the impression made by the clear stamps so much... I'll use
them if it's a design I love and can't find elsewhere, but they don't give
as crisp an image as rubber - they're too "squishy".
I have hear good things and bad things about the clear stamps. I
personally love TAC well because I have to be honest with you all I am
a demo for them. I love showing people the reason why I went to
unmounted because when you two step stamp you can see through the
acrylic and be able to line them up better. Now I know that you can do
that with the clear stamps too, however, most people tell me the
impression they get from the clear stamp really isn't as nice. I have
also heard that the stamp sometimes peels off the acrylic and sticks to
the paper. Now please please please remember, that is just what I have
I have had a ton of questions like does the stamp rock when you use it.
Nope never had it rock. Why did you go unmounted? I went unmounted
when I purchased a Hero Arts stamp that was mounted kittywampus and had
to try and remember each and every time I used the stamp how to hold
it. So. . .. yes I still have that stamp, but I unmounted it. Another
reason was the price factor, TAC has 8 alphabet sets that is upper and
lower case, 0-9 and the exclamation characters for under $20. WOW
where do you find that?
Sorry got off on a tangent, just thought I would share. Just my $0.02
Thanks for setting me straight on the TAC stamps not being clear. Guess I
was thinking of a different company, maybe Close to my Heart. I have a
friend who buys TAC stamps and now that I think about it they are unmounted
and come with cling foam for you to mount them on. I use Static Cling
Mounting Foam; could it be the same thing just a different company? You can
buy Plastic Storage Sheets that have three holes in them for storing in
three ring binders. Their website is
the easiest way to go about this process when I get serious and unmounted
all my stamps. I have some HALOS mounted stamps too and what a mess that
was, I won't do that again. I agree, KAI scissors are a must have item.
On 9/21/06 7:23 AM, in article
I am not sure what the Static Cling is like, but we sell Creative Cling
similar to the EZ Mount cushion. I understand completely about wanting
to have the easiest way. I have heard that some people that have the
Hot Marks Tool use that to cut their creative cling. You see they peel
the rubber off of the mounting cushion that it was on then they put the
rubber onto the Creative Cling and outline it with the Hot Marks Tool
and waalaaahhh there you go all cut out and didn't have to use a
scissors. Just another idea.
North Branch, MN
Hi I have bought some of the clear stamps and wasn't pleased as how they
stamped. What I did was take very fine sand paper and sanded the image a
little. Worked like a charm. There is a coating on the stamp to help release
it from the stamp machine maker and I think this is what sticks to the stamp
sometimes. hope this helps.
I have never heard that about the clear unmounted stamps. I mean that
you sand them down a little. You see I have the unmounts that are
rubber and I love them. The best thing about unmounted stamps is the
storage capabilities. My dh likes that too.
I thought about selling my wood mount stamps, but there were some that
I absolutely love so I just unmounted them.
I am in the process of converting my 50 SU sets to unmounted. I have
been very hesitant because I was afraid I would damage the rubber so I
tried it on a set I wasn't crazy about. Finding that set was hard
because I like they all. My husband is afraid I will break my
microwave opening and closing the door..........so I am converting my
I sent StampinUp an email a couple of weeks ago regarding them offering
both mounted and unmounted. They said and I quote:
"We have passed your suggestion along to the appropriate department,
but are unable to advise you as to whether it will be implemented or
whether such plans are currently in the works"
We are full-time RV'ers and storage is really a problem.
Carole ...on the road again
I don't think that SU will ever go unmounted as that is their nitch in
stamping, that and of course the matching inks and papers. I too have
som SU sets that I have unmounted and continue to use them in my
personal cards and such. But I love TAC as they are good quality
rubber and are cheaper. Did you know that some of the same artists
that design for SU design for TAC.
You will love the fact that you took the time to unmount your sets and
that you can keep them in cd cases, much easier for storage when you
are on the road.
Angel No. 1754
North Branch, Mn
I've found my SU sets very easy to pull a part without microwaving. Give
that a try. I haven't microwaved a single one. My craft room is clear at
the other end of the house from my kitchen and I wasn't looking forward to
running back and forth. As bringing craft stuff to the kitchen is something
I will not do any more now that I have a dedicated room. That's how I found
out just pulling them a part works great.
I've found a sort of code Gray good, Black OK, Red bad. This means the
stamps with the gray foam pull a part beautifully and leave little residue
if any to clean up. Black if I get it peeled just right it's OK, but
getting the adhesive lining to go with the foam is tricky. The red foam
ones are just a bugger. I may end up trying the microwave on them.
Another tip I've found that works great with getting the adhesive residue
off with out blistering your thumb is Xyrons Adhesive Eraser. It's like
those tan rubbery erasers from our childhood. It's great. Someone
suggested Undo to me and I haven't tried it yet.
I LOVE not having all those wood blocks on. So, far I've converted 3
drawers of rubber stamps to one.
What fun...being full timers! We are 'one month timers' in the summer and
wish it could be for longer. When DH retires that's the plan for at least 3
months each summer.
I am in the process of unmounting my stamps too and agree with Lynne. You
don't have to microwave them to pull the rubber off the foam. If they are
old I'm not sure what would happen...would the rubber break apart if it's
starting to get hard? You could stamp the image on a piece of cardstock and
scan it to a favorite place on your computer or burn it on a CD.
Hmmm...that may be a good idea for any stamp that is on the verge of getting
brittle and has been discontinued.
I suggested the UM system to SU two months ago and never heard back so
thanks for the info. SU will have an advertisement in the Country Living
magazine next month for a card making kit. The stamp set is awesome fall
leaves and punched out, ready to mount so there is no cutting (I saw the kit
yesterday and it's no help to me/us since it has the foam on the rubber) so
I wonder if that's what is "currently in the works".
On 10/19/06 8:11 PM, in article
I always swear I'll never buy any more Stampin' Up stamps, but I do. I just
bought 3 sets last month and thought "Oh darn the foam is already on them!"
Well, I was amazed at how easy it was to pull them off the foam. I guess
because they were just put together recently they hadn't time to really
Enjoying my new Stampin' Up stamps with acrylic blocks,
I have both unmounted and mounted. Of the UM, both clear and rubber.
The clear do seem to stamp differently, but I wouldn't say worse
coverage necessarily. I'll have to try the fine sand paper trick.
I've never had a problem with the stamps staying stuck to the block,
but I've heard a quick cleaning will restore the "stickiness."
I've just started putting the backings on my unmounted rubber stamps.
It took me forever to do, so I'm really wondering - how do all of you
assemble the unmounteds? Do you cut the backing to match the shape,
like I did (and it took forever!)? Squares would be so much easier if
that'd work. I have a bad habit of always doing things the hard way,
so I'm curious. The stuff I bought wasn't EZ mount, though I think
that's what I'll get in the future when I use up the foam and backing I
have. I also need to get the pages one of these days - right now the
unmounteds are in a drawer in my Crop in Style Storehouse.
Thanks. I do that, too, but what about the acrylic (or whatever it is
made of) backing?
The system I bought has a sheet of foam plus a sheet of acrylic (or
whatever it is) backing. I cut the rubber (if needed - some of my
stamps were pre-cut by the manufacturer), then put it on the foam, then
cut the foam to match the rubber, then trace that onto the backing,
then cut out the backing, then stick the backing onto the stamp. How
do the other systems for mounting work?
Wow...I don't know what kind of system your using but it sounds complicated.
What is it called? Mine is called EZ Mount and there are other companies
that make the same system. One is called Static Cling Mounting Foam and I
know there are other companies around too. The gray foam is sticky on one
side and has a clingy like stuff on the other side that clings to clear
acrylic blocks when you want to use the stamp. When you finish stamping you
clean the ink off the stamp, pull it off the acrylic block then store it in
a three ring binder on white plastic sheets that have holes for the rings.
Here's how I do mine. I cut the rubber close to the image, lay it on the
sticky side of the foam and cut around that with a hot knife and then put it
on the white plastic sheet that I have in the three ring binder. I have
several binders, each for different categories. I hope this makes sense.
On 12/11/06 1:05 PM, in article
I mount the rubber onto the ez mount or "creative cling", then I cut my
images out. If you have unmounted a stamp then I do the same. That
way, I don't have to cut that much. I agree with you it takes a LONG
But I prefer UM because of the storage thing. I have two cd turn
tables on my workspace and each one holds 80 sets of stamps and my
husband doesn't know. Ha ha. Yea right like he doesn't know.
I hope this helps you out.
North Branch, MN