Monday, January 18, 2010

Tight on Space?

Added note: Julie Buhler ( has posted how she unmounts her stamps so check out her blog. I wrap my wood blogs all the way around with packing tape so my stamps come off easily with a tug. If you don't wrap all the way around, there are 2 options:
1. tear the rubber off, leaving the foam and place on "cling" mounted sheets
2. place in the microwave at 5 second intervals, and pull stamp off (be care: wood will be HOT and don't put in too long!!!)
Once you have removed the stamps, donate the wood to a craft/scrap place, you would be amazed what people can do with acrylic paints and small wood blocks.........

OK - do you like the Acrylic Blocks yet? Here's a comparison of 8 Wood mount stamp sets vs 8 CD's full of the same amount of stamps sets...basically you save 50% in space. As demonstrators, we are seeing the "light". I LOVE IT! I've also done a comparison with all the acrylics out there: SU is the best: feels the best, and priced well. Be careful if you use those that are really "inexpensive" because they are thin and difficult to stamp with.............

And here is the same comparison with the Punches - the 3 Black punches are standing up along side the new style collapsible punches - wowsa............!!!!!

Here's another tip: I got my SU Exclusive Milk Carton Die and the first thing I do is apply a label so I can have the cut paper size. I am so glad it requires half a sheet of 8-1/2" x 11 " CS. By marking this, I don't have to measure it each time I am going to use it.

In addition, I use the white gel pen to mark the die cut lines so I can properly line up the paper without having too much waste (just in case the paper has a small cut corner.).

That's all I have to share in the process of converting some of my favorite stamps to use the new acrylics...........that's a job!!!


Becky said...

Hi Patti,

I was thinking of doing the same thing. How are you unmounting your wood stamps? Are you just taking the rubber off and mounting onto cling mount foam? Thanks Becky

Anonymous said...


Thank you SO much for your great suggestion for your Die cuts! I almost ALWAYS find myself trying to remember or re-measure my die for the paper!

And I just LOVE your blog!

Diane said...

Thank you so much for the tip on labeling the die with the paper size and especially for the tip on marking the die with the gel pen, that is brilliant!

Creations by Patti said...

Hi Becky: you can pull the rubber off the foam mount and attach to the cling that has foam OR if you want the entire foam and rubber, place in the microwave for 5 seconds (be care, the wood will get hot!) and it will come off. I wrap my stamps around the wood with packing tape so they do come off with a tug!. I'll add this info to this posting with some addition tips, too. Thanks, Patti

Elin K. said...

LOVE the new SU! clear stamps - and I can't believe that they are cheaper than the wood ones!

I've been changing over some of my favorite oldies, too. Does anyone know of anything creative to do with the wood blocks? I can't think of one thing.

Elin K.

Becky said...

Thanks Patti for your reply. :) I just love your blog!


Whimcees said...

Hi Patti!

Love the idea of using a white gel pen to mark the cut lines of the dies! Very creative and I will do that also as it will be a great help to my poor eyesight! :<)

Wishing you a great week!

Barbara Diane

Marie said...

I have been unmounting my stamps for YEARS and I LOVE it!
I also do my wheels!
I use a variety of methods with rubber that has been already mounted. Here's a link to my blog where I show how I do it:

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute! Are you saying that you can take the rubber stamps off of the wood and use them on the clear blocks? How does that work? What about storing them? I just had a customer ask me if there was a way to convert them and now it sounds like you can. Yes????? Tell me more!

eunice said...

What a super idea to mark your die with a white gel pen! Genius!