it's a money saving tip when mounting your rubber stamps.
In the instruction's of kling on or u-mount it states to stick the sheet of rubber to the sticky side of the u-mount & then cut out with scissors (as you know the scissors get all gunged up, its hard to cut close & your hands ache) you also use a lot more u-mount than is relay needed.
So here's how I do it.
here I am mounting 4 A5 sheets of stamps that would need 2 A4 sheets of u-mount,
I cut my stamps out before I put them on the u-mount,
that way I am able to get a much closer cut with the scissors,
it doesn't hurt my hands & it takes less time as I am not having
to go through 2 layers with sticky gunged up scissors,
I then spend time arranging the stamps on the u-mount
to get maximum coverage
(if you place them lightly you can move them around if necessary)
as you can see in this next picture
I only used one A4 sheet & about 1/3 of the second sheet of u-mount
this means I have 3/4 of a sheet left for other stamps,
that I would have used if I had mounted them the recommended way.
I then use a craft knife & cutting mat to cut them out,
it's easy because the stamp on top acts as a cutting guide,
I always start with a new blade as well.
TIP NUMBER 2,
When you have odd shape stamps etc,
you can't help but leave gaps sometimes,
don't through the waist away, save them,
Here you can see from a previous cutting session what I have saved.
& how I have placed some of the stamps from the next plate I am going to cut out, on the bits I would normally have chucked in the bin.
the strips were from when I was mounting background stamps
and only had slivers left (perfect for sentiments etc)
as you can see quite a lot of the plate is now already mounted just on scraps.
here is what is left to mount, It has taken half the space.
so here's what I put in the rest of the space, 2 A6 stamp plates
& I used some more scrapes for the smaller stamps,
So in conclusion,
I have only used 2 A4 u-mount sheets to mount 5, A5 stamp plates
& 2, A6 stamp plates as well as scrapes that I would have thrown in the bin,
& I still have 1/4 of a sheet left for another day.
I have mounted this picture's worth of stamps for free,
or saved the equivalent of over one full sheet of u-mount that costs around £4.00
(money towards more stamps me thinks, tee hee he!!!)
I hope I didn't lose you along the way of explaining that,
it makes perfect sense to me,
I save stress on my hands & most inportantly money that can go towards more crafty stash,
hope you find this usefull please leave me comments, I would love to read what you think.
come back next week, it's all about destress ink.
back soon Kat x.