View Full Version : new way I store rubber stamps

03-29-2007, 10:31 AM
I can't take credit for this I found it in some blog when I was uplate one night prowling the net. But I went to the glass place and had them cut me 8 1/2 by 11 pieces of plexiglass. I then took my unmounted rubber stamps (I've unmounted almost all my stamps) and stuck them to one side of the plexiglass. I haven't completed this yet, but the next step is to take a piece of typing paper that has been trimmed down to measure 7 1/2 by 10 and stamp the stamps on the paper that are on one piece of plexiglass in the order you have them, let dry and then flip your paper over and stamp the images again (stamps will be back to back but don't have to be perfectly alligned) then you laminate those stamped sheets (or you could maybe use a sheet protector) and mount those to the side of the plexiglass without the stamps. Now you can stand these up on a shelf and flip through them looking at the stamped image side for quick reference, but when you need to replace stamps (since who has only one out at a time) you know exactly where it goes because you can see the stamped image through the plexiglass on the stamp side as well.

Variation if you don't want to do laminating, put your stamped image paper on the plexiglass and then cover it with clear contact paper then cut contact paper flush to the edges of the plexiglass since you have trimmed your paper this will leave an edge all around you paper for the contact paper to adhere it sandwich style to the plexiglass

03-30-2007, 07:09 AM
I just love this idea!! I have unmounted a few of my stamps. What did you use for a mounting them. I've been considering the HALOS Mounting System...

03-30-2007, 09:11 AM
Jenna, when I removed my stamps I tried to remove the stamp and foam pad from the wooden mount, therefore leaving the foam intact, most of them are still sticky and will stick to my acrylic mounts. A few I tore some chunks of foam off so I am going to cover with clear contact paper then coat it with Ailenes tack it over and over (glue you can find where the tacky glue is) or you can use repositional scotch tape. On the stamps that the foam was destroyed I am using Tac's cling foam (but I'm biased http://forum.startascrapbook.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

03-30-2007, 09:14 AM
oh just to warn you be prepared to pay for the plexiglass I got ten 8 1/2 by 11 sheets and it was just under 30.00. But it was worth it to me, because I know from experience that I am not a pull a binder out and look through it kind of person. I want my supplies at my fingertips now! I put all my stickers in binders and haven't used stickers since http://forum.startascrapbook.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif There are different thickness of plexi I chose a thicker because I wanted to make sure they wouldn't bow at all under the weight of the stamps.

03-30-2007, 02:48 PM
Thanks for the tips!! I am going to give it a try.

03-30-2007, 06:45 PM
can you take a pic?


03-30-2007, 08:05 PM
yes, Lori- visual aids please?

And if it's not too much trouble-mind preparing a modest power point presentation ?


03-31-2007, 11:10 AM
rofl yes I will take a pic and load it later, I've got a ton of stuff to do today so it won't be until early evening at the earliest.

03-31-2007, 03:07 PM

03-31-2007, 04:50 PM
okay here is a link to the pics of the stamp storage

http://forum.startascrapbook.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=585...041010944#6041010944 (http://forum.startascrapbook.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=5851054223&f=7421025844&m=4731010944&r=6041010944#6041010944)

03-31-2007, 05:45 PM
Java- too funny http://forum.startascrapbook.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


crafty grandmommie
04-01-2007, 07:43 AM
I guess you can tell I haven't done much stamping. All my stamps are still on wooden blocks. lol

04-05-2007, 03:51 PM
LYnn, don't feel bad, so are my stamps.

Lori, what do you do with the rubber stamps from SU? my friend/i went to a rubber stamp convention and they had unmounted stamps, so i had to buy a sheet of foamie stuff to stick it on.. Anyway, sounds like a great idea.. a

the 1st thing i thought when you said plexiglass was $$$$ (LOL) i used to work in a glass shop and i know plexi isn't cheap. did you get hte quarter inch thickness?

04-05-2007, 09:54 PM
I think it was quarter inch, it doesn't have much flex to it. I got ten 8v1/2 by 11 sheets for just under 30.00 but for me it beats the heck out of having a ton of binders or a stack of jewel cases. and the SU sets after you put the foam on them will stick to your plexi

04-06-2007, 11:08 AM
cool about the SU stamps.. but don't they come w/the added padding? Do you cut those off? Just curious. or instead of putting the image on the wooden block, can i just put it on the acrylic block and it'll come off? Just wondering..

04-07-2007, 07:55 PM
yes that is exactly what I meant you use the foam they come with but don't stick it to the wood, you might have to neutralize the adhesive a bit by sticking it too your clothes (nothing like a sweater lol)jeans are good. Or you can completely neutralize the sticky with baby powder and then use Ailene's tack it over and over or some other repositional adhesive.

04-09-2007, 12:43 AM
hmm i'll have to try that!! http://forum.startascrapbook.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif thanks for the tipshttp://forum.startascrapbook.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

04-13-2007, 11:42 AM
Lori, I love this idea. If I ever have any money again http://forum.startascrapbook.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif, I'll have to do this. I work so much better when I can have everything within sight. How do you think this would work with one or two larger sheets of plexi glass, say a 20 x 30 inch sheet? That way I could put it up & be able to see most of them with one glance. Also, since the plexiglass is clear, couldn't you put the stamped sheet behind where the stamps go with the images facing through the glass. Just a thought.

04-14-2007, 12:14 AM
I sprayed my acrylic plates with a little repositional adhesive spray and it was tacky enough to hold my unmounted stamps.


04-14-2007, 10:41 PM
Judy, I did think of that, just mounting a huge sheet on my wall lol, but then you are just looking at the stamps and they are really hard to tell what they are by looking at the rubber side, maybe it's just me that can't hardly figure that out, especially when it's a word!

05-06-2007, 09:06 AM
There is a product called EZ Mount that is made specifically for acrylic blocks. You mount your stamps on that instead of the foam. I allows you to place your stamps on the acrylic blocs very easily and over and over againhttp://forum.startascrapbook.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif It would work perfectly for your new 8x10 sheets Lori!