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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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Storing your Stamping Wheels

Reported by Sara McKenzie

When you have a lot of crafting and stampin’ stuff (and don’t we all?!?) storage is a problem. For me it’s a problem in two ways. One is organization- how to organize everything so that it makes sense and you can find it a month later, after you’ve rearranged your space for the ump-teenth time. The other is the old “out of sight, out of mind”. If I put something neatly away, but out of sight, I will quickly forget about it and never use it. Anyone else have that problem?? LOL.

For me, storing stamping wheels was a problem on both fronts: first of all, they are ROUND! so you can’t stack them or pack them in any efficient way. How do you organize these puppies? The “out of sight” problem is that there is no index on them- no picture of the image. For me, that is as good as being thrown in a drawer somewhere and forgotten- if I don’t have the visual cue of the image, I just won’t reach for it.

And then a friend told me about Pringles! Not as a snack food (although I have been known to munch a few of the low fat variety…) No, rather, it’s the cans. When the snack is finished and they’ve been wiped out, they make the PERFECT storage container for stamping wheels. Honest. Why? How?

  • They are the perfect diameter. The wheels fit right in, without any wasted space on the sides.
  • You can fit three jumbo wheels plus one standard (1″ wide) wheel in one container, or you can fill one can with 7 standard sized wheels. Or, obviously, you can do many combinations of the two sizes in one container.
  • You can easily make your own index!! Just roll the design on a piece of plain white paper (copy paper is the perfect size), and attach this to the outside of the can.

  • AND, you can line these guys up on your shelf like soldiers! It keeps them in plain view and with your images on the outside, makes it incredibly easy to find just the right stamp.

So go get yourselves some Pringles! For a mere $1.50 per can, you get a fun salty snack, and some great, practical storage!

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Iris Multi Media Organizer Box

Reported by Dana Vitek

If you are anything like me, your stamping life changed with the sudden swamping of the marketplace with, say it with me now, PHOTOPOLYMER STAMPS! Also known as acrylic or clear stamps, these bad boys have changed the way I create. Unfortunately, they create something of their very own… a storage dilemma. The popular stamping message boards are full of threads with newbies asking about the best way to store clear stamps (and cling-mounted rubber stamps too, let’s not forget about them). The general consensus: empty CD cases!

Brilliant! So smart, that I immediately bought 200 empty CD cases, assuring my husband that a bulk buy was really the cheapest way to go, and certainly I’d have plenty to share with other stampers who were as desperate for storage as I was. Ahem. So, how do I store my 180 CD cases full of clear and cling-mounted rubber stamps? I present the Iris Multi Media Organizer Box:

The first pass of moving and organizing my stamps filled about 50 CD cases which I was able to fit in a re-appropriated CD rack stolen (permanently) borrowed from an old roommate. It did its job, but it was out in the open. My daughter would often toddle by, remove anywhere from 17 to 48 CDs at a time–depending on her mood–and leave me cursing
the fact that my basement craft room still wasn’t finished. When I came across the Iris Multi Media Organizer Box, I knew I could finally keep my kids out of my stuff, oh happy day! To be fair, my husband found and bought the first batch of these boxes for his computer geekery stuff; I promptly dumped them out to keep the ill-gotten gains for myself.

The boxes themselves are typical Iris quality plastic with tight-fitting lids. They measure 9 1/4″ x 17 1/4″ and are 6 3/4″ deep, so it’s a pretty sizable box. According to their website, they can hold 57 CDs, but I have 60 in each of mine. I like round numbers. Here’s one of them:


The best part about these boxes is their compartment-size flexibility. They come with two dividers, and three different slots for those dividers, so they can be customized (within reason) to what you’re storing. Do you keep your stuff in large DVD cases? They can hold 26 DVDs (maybe more, that’s just what their website says). Or, you can take the dividers out entirely
to make a big bin that is (gasp) big enough to hold your 12″ paper cutter (that’s really more like 15 inches) and all of your rulers:


For you folks in a hurry, here’s the executive summary:

Pros:

  • Plastic storage with a tight lid keeps out dust, buggies, and children with grabby hands, if you have any of those issues in your work area.
  • Transparent, so you can see their contents at a glance without even opening them.
  • Movable dividers to customize the space specifically for your stuff.
  • Stackable.

Cons:

  • Price. For what is ultimately a plastic box, it’s pretty spendy. I’ve seen them for between $8.99 to $11.99. I paid $15 for a three-pack at Costco and felt the sweet satisfaction of getting a good deal.
  • Transparent (yes, I know… it can be both), so you need to keep them out of direct sunlight if you’re storing photopolymer stamps or anything that can fade, like cardstock or designer paper.
  • As much as I really, really want it to, my Tonic guillotine trimmer just won’t fit. But, since it was hardly designed with that in mind, I can’t really fault them for it!

You can find the Iris Multi Media Organizer Box at office supply stores (like Office Depot, and a quick Google search turned up these other retailers: stacksandstacks.com, huney-do.com, and spacesavers.com.

I definitely recommend the Iris Multi Media Organizer Box for storing your CD cases (whatever might be in them), and other random stuff as well. Do you have this storage system, or do you have something that works even better? Leave us a comment and we’ll check it out!

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