RUBBER ART STAMPS - UNMOUNTED RUBBER STAMPS
UNMOUNTED STAMP STORAGE IDEAS
We challenged our customers to send
in photographs of their cling cushion stamp organization
systems. There are many great ideas here! A stamp storage
system that works great for one person may not work
well for another. Decide which qualities are most important
to you and decide what works best for you.
- Attractiveness - Is your crafting
area viewed by others? Does it need to appear clutter
- Easy to access - Do
you work without a plan and need to find stamps in
the middle of a project or do you have it worked out
in your head and get your stamps out in advance?
- Easy to catalog or categorize
- Do you know what stamps
you have or do you own thousands and need a way to
see all your small flowers images together?
- Easy to maintain -
Do you always operate as though everything has a place
and should be in that place at all costs or do you
need things to be simple to avoid wanting to pile
up all the stamps you just used to organize back into
their places later?
- Easy to expand - Will it be
easy to add more stamps to your "small flowers"
section as you accumulate more stamps or will you
have to shuffle things so much that you hesitate tackling
- Easy to travel with - Do
you always stamp at home? If you had an organization
system that is easy to travel with, would you take
your craft on the road?
- Stamp security - Is
it important that stamps can't fall out of your system?
Cling cushion is quite clingy on medium to large stamps
don't have any oil residue on them, but small stamps
can get knocked of storage boards with much friction
and oils from your hands and certain cleaners build
up on your stamps and sometimes they need a little
soap and warm water rejuvenation. Are you in danger
of losing some or having them fall to the bottom of
your drawers so that you can't find them when you
Karen primarily uses storage boards
inside 3-ring binders labeled with dymo labels.
She also has a few laminated stamp storage folders
in her collection.
This system is great for picking
up a big number of stamps to carry over to your
stamping area with you. You don't have to get
up and down like you do when you can only select
a few images at a time.
Suzanna uses a similar method
and takes it a step further by inserting indexes
of the stamps in sheet protectors between the
stamp storage boards. She had a lot of mounted
stamps that she converted to this system to save
space and saved the colored plastic label off
the wood mounts on the stamps that had them. She
adheres to those to 8.5" x 11" freezer
paper so she can peel them off later if she wants
to change the order in which they are stored.
Robyn uses a similar method but
instead of a hole punched storage board, she adheres
her stamps to a clear piece of acrylic and slides
the whole thing into it's own sheet protector.
The advantage I see to this is
that if someone travels with their stamps it isn't
so easy to lose the little ones. No one wants
to be missing an "a" or "e"
in a set of alphabet stamps. On the other hand
access to the stamps isn't as simple as with the
plastic storage pages.
Lorna found a great use for these
plastic drawers. Sometimes she clings the stamp
directly to the bottom of the drawer, but if the
stamps she buys come on a storage board she can
lay three sets in one drawer. She keeps the indexes
in plastic page protectors. Lorna is from Australia
and says these drawers can be found in office
supply stores. I would imagine they can be found
elsewhere as well. The drawers are nice because
they aren't as deep as the standard iris carts.
This is definitely one of the
easiest to maintain and least time consuming systems
I've seen. It also solves the problem of lost
stamps that fall out of binders. If those trays
had lids, they'd be portable, too!
Sabine van Passen
Sabine's system is similar to
Lorna's but with the deeper drawer it takes a
bit more digging to find the stamps. She uses
report binders that have acetate for clinging
the stamps to and have page protectors to store
the indexes. This is another example of a wonderfully
Susan has some of her stamps on
cling cushion and some with repositional adhesives,
like Aleene's tack it over and over, on the back
and her system works for both. She uses a file
cabinet to store her stamps and writes the name
of the manufacturer on the back of each stamp
(before applying the adhesive if the repositional
adhesive is used).
She stores hers on transparency
sheets and organizes them with an index so she
can easily find the stamp she wants.
Simple, organized and easy to
Andrea had her boyfriend add dividers
to her shelving so that she could simply stack
white storage boards on the shelf in front of
her craft table. This seems to work great for
a small number of stamps.
Lisa stores her stamps on a laminated
piece of paper with the image on the back. She
then puts it in a numbered drawer so she catalog
her images into a notebook.
She also uses cassette tape boxes
and stores them with her ink pads in cassette
Most of Cyndi's unmounted stamp
collection are not on cling cushion. The ones
that are usually stored on the computer keyboard
pull out drawer on pieces of either flexible cutting
boards or plexiglass. The ones in the photograph
are not on cling cushion but I know that for people
use use raw rubber dies the CD storage idea is
a popular one so I wanted to show this wonderful
stamping basics on this page. Available basic techniques listed
to the right. Also please view our techniques
section for project ideas and tutorials.