I haven’t posted a “Tool Time” post in quite some time, so when I was unmounting my Wheels (GASP) yesterday afternoon it dawned on me that I should be sharing this with you.
For some reason my wheels don’t get used at all. Somehow I just cannot rap my head around when to use them. With that in mind I made the leap and unmounted them so I could then use them as I would any unmounted stamp. Especially since I love, love, love the wheel images. Now this is my preference, I am sure there are tons of people that would never ever think about unmounting their wheels and you use them all the time. If you are one of those people, please don’t get mad at me for dissecting mine. 🙂
Here is how it is done. First, take an Exacto Knife and cut right through the seam of the stamp when it is on the wheel. Next peel the stamp off of the wheel. I was very surprised at how easy they come off. If there is glue stuck to the back of the stamp, peel it off. I found I could just roll the glue off with my finger.
I took a permanent marker “Sharpie” and wrote the name on the back of the stamp.
Apply a thin coat of Aleene’s Tack it Over & Over Glue on the back of the stamp with a small paint brush, right over the name I wrote on. The glue dries clear so you can still see the name.
Let this glue dry for about 1 hour, at least. The Glue stays tacky so your stamps will now stick to an acrylic block (I use a 4.5″ x 7″ block) and you can take them on and off. You will not have to apply this tacky glue to the stamp again until you have used this stamp about 50 times.
I store them in a large zip lock baggie. They stick right to the inside of the bag. You can clearly see the name of the stamp through the baggie. I also put a reference sheet in the bag with them and a reference sheet in my stamp binder.
If you unmount a bunch at one time you can stamp a few at one time on plain paper to make your reference sheets.
Photo of my Current Stampin’ Up Stamp binder. This binder holds a reference sheet for all of my Stampin’ Up stamps. When I get a new set of Stampin’ Up stamps I copy the sticker sheet before I assemble my stamps to the blocks and the copy gets put in my binder. Takes very little time. The binder is so nice to have to flip through to see what I have. 🙂
I hope you have found this tool time tip helpful.
Here is a link to all of my Tool Time posts: https://zindorf.splitcoaststampers.com/category/tools/
Until my next post. . . . . . ..