Stampin’ Up! offers two choices for most of it’s stamp sets: wood mount or clear mount.
- Each of the wood mount stamps come with a coordinating wood blocks. No work to switch between stamps. You just clean it off, put it back in the case and grab the next stamp.
- Clear mount stamps are stored in DVD cases and are easier to organize (and you can pack up more of them when you want to travel to my house to stamp with me). You adhere the clear mount stamps to an acrylic block when you are ready to stamp with them. In my opinion, the clear mount stamps are infinitely better than the wood mount stamps with the exception of small stamps (like Teeny Tiny Wishes) that are more difficult to adhere and unadhere from the acrylic blocks – I prefer wood mount stamps for these little ones.
There’s only one problem with the clear mount stamps: when fully assembled according to the instructions in the stamp case, they don’t really hold tight to the acrylic block like they are supposed to. They pop off the acrylic block when you are inking them up or when you are cleaning them. That’s not very excellent, now is it? When the clear image of the stamp is adhered to the clear mount foam on the back of the stamp, some of the stamp’s cling-ability is lost. That’s why you’ll see a lot of online videos from amazing Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who have decided to NOT adhere the clear image to the back of the stamp. That’s no good! I want to see the image I am stamping. I want it to work the way it should work.
I have found the solution. After reading about several demonstrators who found cheap clear vinyl at the big box stores, I did some investigating and purchased a high-quality, clear vinyl that’s sold in large rolls.
I cut the vinyl into sizes that fit on each of my acrylic blocks:
I pealed off the vinyl and attached it to my block:
and then pressed on my stamp (clear label and all):
That puppy ain’t moving until I move it. 🙂 You can just keep the vinyl on your acrylic blocks, and it’s ready for the next stamp you want to adhere.
As an independent demonstrator for Stampin’ Up!, I am unable to sell these vinyl sheets (even though they infinitely enhance the stamping experience). I am, however, able to offer you these vinyl sheets as an incentive or bonus. Because this has changed my stamping experience, I really want you to try it. That’s why I am offering you a set vinyl sheets (cut to the size of a set of Stampin’ Up! acrylic blocks) when you place an order directly from my demonstrator site here. When you place a $50 order, I will mail you the vinyl sheets that coordinate with the Clear Block Starter Bundle (C, D and H). When you place a $100 order, I will mail you the vinyl sheets that coordinate with the entire bundle of Clear Blocks (A through I). I hope you’ll give it a try! You’ll be ready to adhere those images for a complete stamping experience.
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