Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Father's Day Card

Here is a card that I created for Father's Day.  Paper is "My Mind's Eye" , Rubber Stamp is Tim Holtz, Sentiment is Stampin Up.

Mounting Rubber Stamps on EZ Mount Stamp N Stor

Rubber Stamping has changed in the 6 or 8 years since I started.  Wood handled stamps are fast giving way to either clear stamps or traditional (usually red, but can be other colors) rubber stamps that can be mounted on clear plastic blocks (or any slick surface, I have even used a drinking glass as a block).  The beauty of the clear block is that you can see through it a little better for your stamp placement. 

They are also easier to store AND easier on the pocket book!  The downside is that I tend to buy unmounteds and not get them mounted until I perform my annual evening of sitting down and mounting all the stamps that I bought this year.  I kind of lose the momentum of inspiration that I had when I purchased the stamp if I don't use it shortly after I purchase it.  However, due to the dollar savings I foresee many unmounteds in my future.  I decided to show you how I mount them today with a few pictures.  I use a hot knife.  They can be purchase at any craft store.  Be warned however that these things get really hot!!!! 

I have used mine several times, but this past week I managed to burn myself  

1.  Assemble the knife.

2.  Plug in the knife and let it heat up on its wire stand. 
3.  Place a self healing mat or several layers of paper or something that will keep the knife from scratching the work surface.
4. Trim your rubber close to the edge of the imprint. 
5.  Peel back the sticky adhesive side of the EZ Mount paper and place your stamps on the foam.  Blank side of the stamp to the adhesive side of the foam.

6.  On the other side of the foam, peel the white paper backing off of the foam.  Slicing will be much easier as you are cutting through the foam without the attached white paper.
7.  Begin slicing around the edge of the unmounted stamp.