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EZ Mount Premium Static Cling Mounting Cushion

Reported by Erin Bassett

Stampers have many choices of what to use to mount their rubber stamps to acrylic blocks. As a stamper myself, I’ve used double-sided tape, repositionable glue, window cling film, and static cling cushions. My favorite way by far is the EZ Mount Premium Static Cling Mounting Cushion for a number of reasons. First off, it has a “you love it or your money back” guarantee. -what’s not to love about that?!
Secondly, the cling side of it is super smooth so you get a fantastic seal against your acrylic block (there’s nothing that drives me more crazy when stamping then to have my stamp fall off the block just as I’m ready to stamp it!!).
Thirdly, the adhesive on it is SUPER sticky! The manufacture says you’ll never have to remount your stamp again, and while I can’t verify that I can testify that the ones I mounted with it years ago have never had to be remounted…in fact they look just the same as they did the day I mounted them.
EZ Mount comes in 8 ½” x 11” sheets. There are two thicknesses: EZ Thin Mount (1/16” and black in color) is best for small or narrow stamps such as sayings or verses. Since it has less cushioning it keeps your stamp from wobbling while you’re stamping. You can also use the EZ Thin Mount on top of stamps that already have foam on them (ie: Stampin’ Up stamps) if you’re converting them to unmounted stamps.
The regular EZ Mount (1/8” thick and gray in color) is best for stamps that are larger, such as backgrounds, since the extra cushioning allows the stamp to stamp more evenly. For medium stamps you can use either one, but I prefer to use the regular EZ Mount when ever possible since the extra cushioning allows the stamp to stamp uniformly.
To mount your stamps onto either the EZ Thin Mount or the regular EZ Mount follow these steps:
Pros:
  • Easy to use.
  • Guaranteed for life!! (according to the manufacture, the cushion won’t go flat, tear or wear out over time and the adhesive will withstand time as well).
  • Sticks fabulously to smooth surfaces without a sticky residue.
Cons:
  • Not always readily available in craft stores, but may be purchased online a variety of retailers.
What products do you use to mount your rubber stamps for use on acrylic blocks?

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Rock-A-Blocks Stamp Mounting System

Reported by: Julie Campbell
Today, I would like to talk about one of the newest tools that has hit the shelves in the stamping market – the ‘Rock-A-Block’ stamp mounting system by Crafter’s Companion. I decided to purchase these blocks a few weeks ago after becoming frustrated when I was unable to get a nice, crisp stamped image using an acrylic block. I was wasting a lot of time and money, and no matter what technique I tried, my image came out looking like this:
The second image is what resulted after replacing my acrylic block for a Rock-A-Block. I used the same stamp, ink, paper, and stamping surface. I think the result speaks for itself!
You may think that all stamping blocks are the same, but there are quite a few features that make Rock-A-Blocks very innovative. The Rock-A-Blocks come in a package of four.

  • Extra large block – measures approx. 6″L x 4″W
  • Large block – measures approx. 6″L x 1-1/4″W
  • Medium block – measures approx. 4″L x 3″W
  • Small block – measures approx. 1-1/2″L x 1″W

As soon as you pick one of these blocks up, you will notice how light they are! I weighed an acrylic block and a Rock-A-Block of the same size, just to give you an idea of what I mean. The acrylic block was 4 oz. & the Rock-A-Block was 1.5 oz.

To help you center your stamp, guidelines are etched vertically and horizontally on the top of the block. The blocks are curved and you’ll notice that there are raised ‘gutters’ on the right and left of the block. These gutters help to eliminate those extra ink marks that sometimes get stamped onto our projects if any ink gets on the surrounding rubber. Only the raised, inked image can touch your paper. (To better understand what I’m trying to explain, you can watch this video.)

To stamp your image, simply place your stamp onto the curved block surface. Any clear stamp or unmounted rubber stamp can work with this stamp system. The stamps will cling and hold tightly in place until you pull them off. Just hold on to the sides of the block and rock the stamped image onto your paper. Make sure you only make one pass. Rocking back and forth will make a blurry, double image. The design of the block helps keep an even pressure so that all of the ink is distributed evenly.


I think this product would be especially helpful for those who have limited wrist movement or hand strength. The block is so light, and the rocking motion eliminates the need to press firmly to get an even stamped image.

Stamps by: Papertrey Ink

I think that Rock-A-Blocks are great tools to add to your stamping collection. I will definitely turn to these when I’m using a detailed image or when I’m stamping onto expensive paper. I’ll still use my straight acrylic blocks when I need a perfectly aligned sentiment or when I use a stamp positioning tool. The Rock-A-Blocks just aren’t as easy to use when it comes to precise placement, and the shape of the block isn’t compatible with tools such as the Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Pros:

  • Kit comes with multiple sizes of blocks and works with almost any size of stamp.
  • Blocks are light weight and do not require much pressure when used, making it perfect for those with arthritis or limited strength.
  • Blocks make clear, even images – eliminating paper waste.
  • “Gutters” help eliminate ink marks outside of your stamped image due to over-inking.

Cons:

  • Rocking motion makes precise stamp placement difficult.
  • The shape of the blocks make them incompatible with stamp positioning tools (such as the Stamp-a-ma-jig).

The Rock-A-Blocks stamp mounting system retails for $19.95. I purchased mine from All That Scraps, but it can also be found in the following online stores: Papertrey Ink, the HSN, & Stamping Bella (for you Canadians).

Have you tried the new Rock-a-Blocks? If so, I’d love to hear what you think about them! Leave us a comment and let us know!

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SeeD’s Cling Unmounted/Wood Mounted Conversion Kit for Rubber Stamps

Reported by: Jessica Diedrich

Even if you’re brand new to the stamping world, you are probably well aware that this “ain’t your Grandmother’s rubber!” There are tons of different varieties of rubber, polymer and the like on the market nowadays, and many of these choices vary greatly from the traditional, wood-mounted rubber stamps. You can find die-cut, mounted, unmounted, unmounted with cling, uncut rubber…the possibilities seem endless, and can sometimes be confusing.

Unlike their traditional, wood-mounted counterparts, this new breed of stamps pack one big advantage: being able to use them with clear acrylic blocks makes it easier to see where you’re stamping. In fact, this technique has become SO popular recently, that enthusiasts are finding ways to convert their older wooden stamps into unmounted ones that are ready to go with the acrylic blocks. This is achieved by converting them with a special material that helps them “cling” to the blocks and store away from them when not in use.

There are a few different products out there to try. The three that I think have been the most popular are EZ Mount by Sunday International, Aleene’s Tack it Over and Over Again glue, and SeeD’s Cling Unmounted/Wood Mounted Conversion Kit for Rubber Stamps.

(stamps by Stamping Bella)

A great value at under ten dollars, I chose to pick up the SeeD’s kit at my local Michael’s (editor’s note: I have scoured the internet looking for an online source and have come up empty. SeeD’s was recently bought by Darice, which may have affected their distribution channels).
The kit comes with 4 clear plastic storage cases, just a tad longer than my CD cases I store some of my clear stamps in. In fact, it will fit in some CD case holders/towers. It also comes with 8 sheets of cling material and 8 cardboard inserts that are coated smooth on both sides to allow for the stamps to cling to them when not in use.


The instructions are right on the box. They were a bit vague in my opinion but easy enough to get started. There was also information on how to microwave wood-mounted stamps individually for 10 seconds and then apply this cling to convert them to unmounted stamps. I chose to try them out first with some unmounted rubber I’ve been really wanting to use. The cling has two sides; a “permanent” side that adheres to the stamp, and the cling side that you can re-use over and over on acrylic blocks.

To begin mounting the stamps, you place the stamp over the cling sheet (before backing is removed) and just trim around the stamp as best you can to try and shape it.


Once trimmed, the backing on the permanent side (the side with the SeeD’s logo) can be removed and the permanent backing can be placed on the stamp. I trimmed mine a bit more after adhereing.

The stamp mounted easily and securely on the acrylic block. However, after only a few uses, some of the stamps lost their cling completely. I was surprised that this occured only after a few uses. Also after a few uses, the backing seemed to start to peel off the rubber stamp.

Eventually, there were a few stamps that I had to completely re-do. I was sort of surprised that this happened on more than one occasion because the box said that you could re-use it “over and over” again.

The other thing I noticed was that the cling began to warp and wrinkle on the back of several of my stamps as well. I mounted and stored them exactly as directed and I was disappointed by this.

One thing that a few people have asked me was if there was any compromise in the image quality because the cling is not on any type of foam material, it’s just a flat surface. Although I don’t believe so, it was a bit hard to get used to without there being any foam attached to the sticky material. Just like polymer stamps, the image isn’t any different, though.

Pros:

  • Very reasonably priced at $9.99 (USD) in most stores
  • A great way to convert wooden stamps into unmounted for use w/ acrylic blocks
  • Comes with its own storage system which is great

Cons:

  • No real staying power in the cling material; took re-application long before I expected it to
  • No foam surface between the rubber and the cling
  • A bit tricky to get used to using in terms of hand-trimming and mounting without much instruction

Overall, I don’t think that I would recommend this product. It lacked the staying power and ease of use that the box claimed, and became frustrating to work with. My stamps often fell off the blocks after only a few uses. This product didn’t seem to hold up well and was disappointing; I had hoped it would be a great way to mount my unmounted rubber stamps and even possibly convert some wood ones.

What have you tried to convert your stamps? Any suggestions or advice to make this product work better for me? Leave a comment and let me know! Thanks so much for reading! Enjoy the upcoming holidays!

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