I don't have wood mounted stamps anymore, I removed them from the block and then added cling foam to them. Never had a complaint about it. Recently I purchased a couple soon-to-be retired rubber stamps from Lili of the Valley (in the UK) and they are unmounted rubber (which I knew). I was planning on putting them on cling foam, but am rethinking that idea. I have all my stamps (clear and rubber) in Avery Elle stamp pockets and LOVE those. But some of the rubber sets are too thick for the pocket and it is causing them to split open.
I also use my mini Misti for 99% of my stamping, and love it.
I know there used to be a product you could put on the back of the rubber stamp to have it cling to a block without the foam. Is there something different I can do, so I can take my rubber stamps off of the cling foam?
Here is one of the stamps I got from Lili of the Valley.
You can use a repositionable glue directly on the rubber - Alene's Tack It Over and Over is good, and so is Tombow Mono Multi (white bottle with green caps). I've been using the Mono Multi because it's my go-to for most things that I use liquid glue for, so I usually have a bottle nearby. Just coat the back of the stamp with a THIN coat and let it dry, and it works just like the cling foam.
I know that there are other repositionable glues that people have used with good results; you can also use Scotch poster tape; I also remember there was someone who just swiped the back of the stamp with some lip balm. There's also a cling cushion that I can't remember the name of offhand, that you can apply to your block instead of the stamp. I prefer the repositionable glue because then the stamps will stick to my storage sheets as well as the blocks.
warrior1991 - Most of my background stamps still have the cushion on them; I never mounted them to the wood blocks in the first place and just coated the back with the repositionable glue. Sentiments, it depends. I've found that as a general rule, the smaller stamps actually stamp better without any kind of cushion. It's almost like the cushion makes them kind of unstable. If I have a set that comes with cling cushion on them, I don't take that off. It's only the stamps that I'm taking off wood blocks that I sometimes remove the cushion entirely, or stamps that I've purchased that are bare rubber (no cushion or cling) that I don't necessarily add cling cushion.
As far as if I decide to sell or give away a stamp/set? Hasn't happened yet. Having stamps off the wood blocks is a mixed blessing/curse. They don't take as much room to store, so there's less incentive to weed them out.
I remembered hearing years ago about microwaving the stamps for a few seconds to loosen the foam. is that still something to do? Some foam is not coming off the stamp.
Microwaving can help; so can shoving them in the freezer for a bit. I liked the freezer better, because I could put a big bunch in there and take out one at a time to work on, while the rest stayed cold. I've used Un-Du on some that the microwave/freezer didn't work with. But once in a while you come across some that are held together with some kind of insane adhesive that was apparently developed for the aerospace industry and doesn't want to let loose for anything. And unfortunately, the only way to find out that you're dealing with this demon adhesive is when the foam comes off in chunks, so now you can't just say "oh, I'll leave the foam on this one". Those required scraping with some kind of plastic scraper and then rubbing at the remnants with my thumbs.
Thank heavens I didn't have many of those.
If, by chance, you have any old TAC sets, with red rubber cushion - don't take those off the cushion unless you absolutely have to! The adhesive on those is some of the stickiest stuff I've ever seen and it has reinforcing threads in it (almost like the sticky side of duct tape). Un-Du works on those, but you end up with a heck of a mess in the end; sticky stuff and sticky threads all over the place, and it's a challenge to keep it from transferring onto the working side of the stamp. Learn from my mistakes
cbet and scrapnnana Do you take the cling off of the sentiment stamps too and from background stamps?
If you decide to sell or give away a rubber stamp/set later, do you add cling back on or it goes as it is?
I took all of mine down to the bare rubber. I keep my stamps. All of them. Having them down to the rubber makes them easy to store and to find, even though I have more than I am willing to admit here. I keep them in the old PSBs. I can look through my entire, huge collection very quickly. I store certain types together (such as fall & Halloween in one binder, Christmas in another, florals in one, etc.). That helps.
cbet how long do you have the stamps in the freezer?
Sometimes for 15-20 minutes, sometimes overnight if I got caught up in another project and forget I was working on them. I did put them in plastic bags, figuring that would keep the rubber from the drying effects of whatever keeps the freezer frost-free.
I watched a couple YouTube videos about using a heat gun to soften the adhesive to get the foam off. So far that is working. But I still have some stamps that the foam came off, but the adhesive is left behind. Would putting the stamp in boiling water help with removing the adhesive, since the Un-do doesn't work for that on many of them?
Does Un-do get old? On the bottom of the back label it says DATE:020109
On many stamps, the foam comes off, but leaves all this adhesive behind. Un-do does not take it off. Suggestions?
I used an adhesive eraser and lots of elbow grease.
I would not boil rubber stamps. Too much heat can ruin them. I have some by one company that kind of melted, and I am not sure why. It was in a room that got very warm in the summer, but not that warm!
Okay, I would test this on a stamp that you don't care as much about, but oils can help remove adhesive, too. Try something like cooking oil (not the spray, but the oil that comes out of a bottle), let it sit 5 minutes at least, then wipe off. Repeat again and longer if needed. You may need to wash it well with soap and water when done, but it's worth a try.
I think that there were a few of my 2,000 wood mounted stamps that the adhesive eraser did not take off all the sticky residue. I just painted the Aleene's Tack-It-Over-and-Over on overtop. The stamps should still work fine, but they do look uglier on the back. However, if some of the foam is stuck on, that will not work. I had one stamp that I just threw away because it was hopeless. There were some that took a ton of work, though, to get most of the adhesive off. I never thought to use cooking oil on them back then. I just kept working on them till I finally got enough of the junk off.
Last Edit: Feb 28, 2018 13:52:14 GMT by scrapnnana
Everything that Scrapnana just said; also, an old-style pink eraser worked on a lot of mine (coupled with the elbow grease). Some of them worked by dabbing at it with packing tape (using sticky to remove sticky). And some I just rubbed at with my thumb to get the adhesive to roll up. Ended up with a really sore thumb, though, so I don't recommend that route.
Also tried a plastic scraper (like you can get from Pampered Chef to clean their pizza stones) and that helped when I coupled it with Un-Du.
I don't have all of mine down to bare rubber - some are on ez-mount. If I had one that the adhesive would.not.budge, I just put the EZ Mount over it. Hid the ugly and the stamp worked fine afterward.
I can pull the foam off all my stamps, but many leave adhesive residue behind. That is what I haven't been able to get off. Until tonight.
soaking the stamp in Un-Do for a few minutes. then using the top part of an old white sock (the ribbed ankle part) to rub the adhesive off. Makes my fingers sticky, but it is working to remove the residue from the stamp. Finally!! I was getting so frustrated.
I am still in the middle of this process as it takes awhile to get the foam/adhesive off the stamps.
On the rubber stamps that are cleaned, I use the Aleene's Tack it Over & Over. Recently have discovered that when I take the rubber stamp of the carrier sheet, the Tack it Over & Over comes off the rubber and sticks to the carrier sheet. sigh. What am I doing wrong? I leave the Aleene's on to dry over night, so I know it is dry when I put the stamps on the carrier sheet.
Post by artisticscrapper on Apr 8, 2018 16:09:16 GMT
I actually like the foam backing system but before that I used Alene’s Tack It Over and Over. The glue works really well and you can even clean your stamps with water and they stay sticky.
warrior1991, you may be putting too much glue on the stamps. Try just putting on a little and distribute it around the stamp. It’s pretty sticky so you don’t need much. I stored mine in sheets made to store sports cards so the plastic might be different.
Loc: Twenty minutes into the future
Also, after the glue dries, stick the stamps to your arm or your jeans to reduce the gription a bit. They will still cling to your blocks for a good long time, but won't stick quite so aggressively to your storage board.
Another update. I had read online after doing searches that nail polish remover that is 100% acetone will remove the adhesive.
IT DOES!!!!! VERY quickly. I put the stamp (sticky side down) in a small puddle of acetone and after a minute (30 seconds) I am able to wipe the adhesive off with a paper towel very easily. Wish I had read that sooner.
Edited to add: becareful of your work surface. My table is junky so didn't matter, but the acetone can take the finish off your table/work surface. FYI.