So I started using cling vinyl for my new and unmounted Stampin' Up! stamps. They already had the foam stuck to them and the adhesive side hadn't been used. So I just peeled the paper off and stuck them on the sheet of cling vinyl. The cling vinyl is only $1 for a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet so more cost effective. And because the cling is see through I didn't have to cut into every nook and cranny!
BUT even this can take a lot of time - because you're cutting your stamps first then adhering the stamps to the cling and then cutting the cling around the stamps. You're actually cutting twice for every stamp!
So I moved on to Aleen's Tack It Over and Over and start using that on some of my older stamps. It was quick, cheap(at $4.99 a bottle) and worked really well!
Click HERE for a tutorial on how to do that.
Q - What are you doing with all your wood blocks?
A - I'm happy to say that I am re-cycling them. I've taken them to the store where I work part time and we've set up a large jar of them with FREE. Surprisingly the customers are taking them. What for? To mount thier unmounted rubber and get this - their acrylic stamps!
Q - Have you really unmounted ALL your stamps?
A - NO. I'm about 75% done but really there are some stamps that I won't unmount. For example my alphas (too much work!) and some of my older stamps that I'll probably get rid of so there's no point in it.
But I have to say that it is liberating to get rid of all the "weight" and space that those wood block stamps took up. Not to mention that now all those Stampin' Up! cases are not on display and I don't get asked "How many stamps do you have???" or "Don't you have enough stamps already?" In each of my CD storage boxes I have 30 CD jewel cases. I now have 10 CD storage boxes full - you do the math - that's a LOT of stamps!
I hope you've found this helpful. If you have any other questions please leave a comment and I'll try and answer it for you.