MOUNTING ON ACRYLIC
The most popular method
for using unmounted rubber stamps is to mount
the stamp on a foam cushion that is treated with
vinyl cling on one side. This is not the same
as the double sticky foam cushion that stampers
used to apply sheets of sign vinyl to, outlined
later on this page. The cling is stronger, lasts
longer, and doesn't shrink over time. Stamps on
Cling Cushion can be mounted again and again on
acrylic mounts and
stored on plastic 3-ring binder storage pages
or laminated matboard. You can either apply a
whole sheet of Cling Cushion to an unmounted sheet
of stamps and trim them together or cut out your
unmounted stamps first and trim cushion to fit.
Be careful not to cut your foam cushion smaller
than your stamp. It's better to have it be a little
larger if you can't match it up exactly. We have
more instructions on using Cling Cushion on our
mounting supply shopping
page. Cling cushion works best and adheres
to mounts stronger the larger the stamp is. Blockheads
prefers leaving very small stamps with no cushion
and using them with Tack N Peel, described below.
Cat Studio has put a nice video on You Tube showing
the different storage methods for stamps on cling
cushion and completely unmounted rubber. You can
view that here.
We carry the stamps she displays in that video.
You can view this product on our Tack
N Peel Page. This is the latest widely used
product for using unmounted stamps. You permanently
cover a set of mounts with the tacky gel tape,
which can be rejuvinated with soap and water.
Then just apply your unmounted (with no cushion)
rubber stamp to the appropriately sized mount.
Be sure to store your mounts with the plastic
cover that comes with Tack N Peel so your mounts
don't get stuck together. Tack N Peel can adhere
very strongly to large non-porous items like other
mounts. Blockheads is particularly fond of using
this product with smaller stamps, like alphabet
This method is no longer
very popular. The development of new products
provide solutions that stampers seem to like better.
This method involves applying repositional adhesive
to the backs of the
so they can be mounted again and again on
acrylic mounts and
stored on plastic 3-ring binder storage pages
repositional adhesive is more tacky than others.
We sell an easy to use
2-in-1 Glue Marker.
If you make a single application as thick as the
marker allows you and
let it dry, it is the perfect tackiness to really
hold the largest die to an acrylic mount. There
are also many glue pens, markers and sticks that
leave a 3M Post-it type of tackiness when dry.
Aleene's also tells a Tack It Over & Over
glue that is designed for appliqué and
works well to temporarily adhere rubber dies to
FOR USING REPOSITIONAL ADHESIVE
Cut out your stamp
sharp scissors such as KAI
Scissors, trim your rubber stamp
about 1/8" away from the outside line, taking
care not to damage the image. The greater the
height of the image from the background, the less
likely an edge around the image will cause background
printing while stamping. There are cases in which
you may even need to trim in the center of the
image, as shown, to avoid getting shadows in your
image. This is particularly true of stamps that
are not deeply etched and/or have large blank
spaces in them
Apply Repositional Adhesive
any 2-in-1 glue or Aleene's Tack It Over &
Over to the back of your unmounted die. Let it
dry until clear. To remove repositional adhesive,
dab with rubbing alcohol, rub and rinse.
Mount your stamp to your acrylic block
your die directly to your acrylic mount. When
finished stamping, clean it right on the mount
or drop it into plain or soapy water. Most repositional
adhesives do not wash off easily in soapy water.
CLING METHOD - Different from Cling Cushion
This is really a very undesirable method in Blockheads
method uses clear plastic sheets of vinyl cling,
double-sided adhesive foam cushion and acrylic
mounts. The idea is that the vinyl cling sheet
will adhere to the acrylic mount, but it really
doesn't adhere very well. Some users of Stampin'
Up have used this method for years becasue those
stamps already come with adhesive cushion on them.
Instead of using this method, we recommend using
the Thin Cling Cushion
along with the existing cushion that comes on
the samps for a much strong cling than any vinyl
sheet product can provide.
METHODS OF TEMPORARY MOUNTING
Some people like to use double-sided poster
tape to temporarily adhere rubber dies to acrylic
mounts. The tape is normally applied directly
to the mount and reused with different stamps
until it loses its tackiness. Poster tape is less
tacky than other tapes and will not stick to your
mounts when you try to remove them.
Other people are happy with the quick results
obtained by temporarily adhering a rubber die
to an acrylic mount with craft glue stick. It
washes off the mount and the die with water and
seems to provide a pretty good temporary adhesion.
MOUNTING ON WOOD
need sharp scissors, rubber
stamp cushion (optional* but usually advised),
rubber cement unless your cushion is self-adhesive
on both sides, and a mounting block. Cushioning
comes either without adhesive, with self-adhesive
on one side, or with self-adhesive on both sides.
you plan to image index your wooden block, you
can either try to stamp the block before you mount
the stamp or wait until after mounting and stamp
onto an adhesive label.
Cut out your stamp
your rubber die did not come trimmed closely to
the image, cut the image out as described in step
1 for temporarily mounting on acrylic.
Attach your trimmed stamp to the cushion (if
using a cushion)
you're using a cushion that is self adhesive on
both sides, peel back the protective paper on
one side and apply the trimmed rubber stamp to
the backing. If you are using a cushion that is
adhesive on one side, save the adhesive side for
mounting to the block. To attach your rubber stamp
to the non-adhesive cushion or the dry side of
a single-side adhesive cushion use rubber cement.
Apply a coat of rubber cement to the back of your
stamp as well as to the cushion (dry side for
single-side adhesive cushion). Wait a few seconds
until the cement is cloudy before pressing the
two cemented sides together. This will help immediate
Trim the cushion (if using a cushion)
you are using double-sided adhesive cushion, sprinkle
and spread baby powder on the exposed adhesive
around your stamp to prevent gumming up your scissors
as badly. Cut the cushion as close to the attached
rubber stamp as possible. It is not as important
that you cut out all the small indentations on
the cushion as it is on the rubber stamp.
Apply stamp to mount
you are using self-adhesive cushion, peel away
the protective layer on the back of the cushion
and apply directly to the mount. If you are using
non-adhesive cushion, apply rubber cement to the
foam side of your stamp and to the side of the
mount where you plan to attach the rubber stamp.
Let it dry just until the initial shine from the
cement has faded. Press your stamp, foam side
down to your wooden mount.
scissors are the rubber stamper's scissors of
choice. We carry them on our mounting
your scissors perpendicular when cutting. You
do not want to the cut the rubber at an angle
if you can help it.
an image on some scrap rubber to trim around until
you've gotten the hang of it. If you place an
order with us you can ask for some scrap rubber.
find that once the rubber is cut, it is very hard
to go in and trim off small amounts. You really
need to be cutting away 1/8" or more in order
for the scissors to get hold.
curves as shown to the left looks nicer, but increases
the likelihood of cutting your rubber at an angle.
It's OK to cut many straight lines instead of
a long curved line.
get started cutting inside an image, fold the
rubber and make a small snip to create a hole.
Be certain you are not cutting the image.
I need a cushion between my rubber stamp and acrylic
Cushioning rubber stamps on wood mounts is beneficial
because wood warps with age and the cushion helps
provide a clean image, even with a slightly warped
(not visible to the eye) wood mount. Acrylic mounts
are perfectly flat and do not warp. Only when
using larger stamps (3.5" x 3.5" or
larger) is there any benefit to a cushion. Placing
a piece of 39 cent fun foam under your card stock
provides as much cushion as you'll need using
Do I need a cushion between my rubber stamp and
Small images may not need a cushion between
the mount and the rubber. Because wood blocks
may warp over time, making it very difficult to
get a clean, even image without the cushion it
is highly advisable that a cushion is used between
any rubber stamp over 1" x 1" that is
going to be mounted on wood.