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Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Dirty Job....Someone has to Do it!

Recently one foggy SF afternoon, I decided to bite the bullet and mount all the various cling stamps I have sitting around....
and, as it turns out, I had a lot.
(Mr Zip was carved by a pal several years ago and I am loving having him foam-mounted now)

I posted on the blog's FaceBook page and a few folks asked me --  how I mount stamps ? 
So you here you go, Melissa and Sparkle......

 A lot of cool stuff I haven't been using because the stamps weren't mounted or organized....or, in this case, even cut from the sheet...(stamps from 100 Proof Press).

These stamps are painfully small and hard to cut out and mount ...

But I DID it and look! These are so cool and I can use them for faux postage....they are in a little box of their own now...ready to come out and play.

Ah.....round ones. I found you don't have to cut them in circle....just cut out and trim and all is well.
There are a number of different ways to mount stamps. I think my favorite (besides having someone else do it for me) is to use "Quickie Mounts".
Basically a sheet of thick, firm foam with a sticky adhesive on it that you cut up and stick your stamps too.
easy -- especially if you do it without waiting years and having to mount about a million stamps all at once...

If you buy the "quickie Mounts" from Jim on Etsy you will get full instructions along with them. And tell him Pamela sent you!
I might add, Jim has a whole bunch of cling faux postage and cancellations stamps that I just love.
Not that I want to lead you in to temptation or anything like that....

Or, you can do as my incredibly clever pal, Karen Isaacson  (I Am Rushmore)does and just carve your own stamps and stick them on a piece of Styrofoam that you re-purpose from some trash pile....
she sent these to me years ago and they are two of my favorite stamps.

Or, you can mount them on wood blocks.....you can find wood blocks at various places and stick your clings on those...
I bet someone is going to ask me where I got him and I believe it is from a stamp company called Deep Red Stamps.


Now all my wood mounted and Pamela mounted stamps are all living together in happiness and harmony.
And I get to play with them all and have some stampin' fun.
I even cleaned a bunch of them using unscented baby wipes and paper towel. They liked that.

After all the mounting and cleaning and sorting and organizing I got to stamp -- I made a bunch of sheets of stationery.....but I was thinking, you could stamp tissue paper and make gift wrap or tissue wrap.....

Doesn't this kind of look like security envelopes? I think so....I found a bunch of this type of stamp at Scrap and I knew they had potential.


So, mount your stamps and have a good time afterwards as a reward. I have found a lot of stamps at Scrap SF among other places like thrift shops and the Correspondence swap table.
I know there are some blog readers, who rarely comment -- you know who you are -- Ellen and Judi -- who are real experts at all things stamp. I encourage any of you to jump in with tips for mounting stamps or cleaning or anything stamp related. And if you know a great source for rubber stamps, let us know.
Here are some of my most favorites:

100 Proof Press
Deep Red Stamps
Red Handed Rubber
Viva Las Vegas
Hero Arts
and as I mentioned above --
Jim's Stamps & Quickie Mounts

I look for postally themed stamps especially....faux postage and passport stamps and postage cancellations and letter carriers and typewriters.....
What do you like?

I know I promised the Postal ATC's but I got side-tracked by rubber stamps.
AT's ost will be coming soon. And I thought of something really cool when making them so hang on and you'll see.
In the meantime, I'd love to hear from YOU (yes, YOU) in the comments.
Thank you and have fun stamping.

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24 comments:

  1. wow! super inspiring and it makes me all the more hungry for a bit of you in my mailbox! thanks for sharing!!!

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  2. that was a lot of busy work! job well done!

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    1. no kidding, miss dori, and I am glad it's all done....

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  3. You are the queen of clever!

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  4. I have to hand it to you. I'm always torn between organizing or making art. But then I think it's really nice to be organized when you want to make art.

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    1. sallyw3000 -- your studio space always looks amazingly neat to me -- but you do have a helper!

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  5. Thanks for the post! I think I'll stick ;) to clear stamps and already mounted ones till I have my own craft space.

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    1. I try to buy mine already mounted but sometimes I find cool cling stamps that I can't resist....

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  6. For the first time ever, I just bought some unmounted stamps, and I've been wondering what to do with them. Mounting them directly onto foam is very logical, I think. Thanks for the pointers!

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    1. Yay! Now you know what to do with them, Carter!

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  7. The answer to all your mounting needs :-)) I like the tiny storage boxes where you stamped the pattern on the lid. How much work! But worth it I guess. And it looks very cool. You must be one of the person with the most extended stamp collection in the whole world.

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    1. Funny, Marie W but I never was interested in rubber stamps and then I got some postal themed ones and then...well...the collection started growing...and it has gotten very large...but two of my friends have just as many as I do and both are very organized...and that was a lot of work but only because I had to do so many at once. I am trying not to buy any more stamps -- unless it is a post box or letter carrier!

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    2. You? Not buying any more stamps? Woahahaaahaha :-))))

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    3. well......stranger things have happened, marie w....

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  8. Simple, graphic and oh so fun. Yes, great stationary. xox

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    1. Glad you like the stationery, Corrine! Fun stamping.

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  9. Looks like a lot of work, but also looks like it was worth it!

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    1. Exactly! I am glad I've finished.....and now I can stamp..

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  10. I love 100 Proof Press too. Actually all postal themed stamps. :)

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    1. I'm with you, Michelle -- I love all postal theme stamps too -- and I'm always looking for them...

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  11. I am impressed with your perseverance - what a tedious chore. But worth it in the end I suppose. How does the "quickie mount" stand up to water? I'm fairly happy with my thick foam-core mounting, but it doesn't like to get wet, and I use a lot of my hand carved stamps with acrylic paint and so I really need to rinse them under running water to get them clean. I probably need to invest in some wooden blocks for my most used stamps.

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    1. Very tedious but I am all done! yay!! I don't know about water -- I have been cleaning my stamps with baby wipes and damp paper towels.....

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