When you purchase your Stampin' Up! rubber stamps, you have to option of either wood-mount or clear-mount, and now Cling Stamps too! The benefit is that you will be able to choose the medium that works best for you. One option is not better than the other; it all comes down to your personal preference.
Traditional wood-mount stamps are where you have a foam and rubber stamp adhered to a wooden block. Stampin' Up! wood-mount stamps are made out of high-quality rubber and the images are deeply etched. Note, this style of stamp will be discontinued on 3 June 2019.
When you purchase Stampin' Up! wood-mount stamps, they come in their own container. Inside you will find rubber images (with adhesive on the back), a wooden block for each stamp, and a clear label for the top of each stamp block. Purchasing your stamps unmounted reduces the cost plus it give you the advantage of mounting them how you want to.
Choose wood-mount stamps if you prefer stamping with wood blocks and you like your images permanently mounted for quick stamping.
- Click HERE for further information about assembling wood-mount stamp sets.
Clear-Mount Stamps and now the NEW Cling Stamps
Cling Stamps and clear-mount stamps are an option that offers a compact storage solution and is great for those who prefer repositionable stamps with fewer blocks. Note, the clear-mount style of stamp will be discontinued on 3 June 2019, replaced by Cling Stamps.
Stampin' Up! Cling Stamps and clear-mount rubber stamps are not the usual see-through photopolymer-type stamps. These stamps are made of the same high-quality red rubber as the wood-mount stamps, however, instead of an adhesive to stick the rubber onto the wooden block, the rubber has a cling property on the back so it can temporarily adhere to clear acrylic blocks. When you use the Cling Stamps and clear-mount stamps with clear blocks you can see through the block and view the die-cut stamp for placement. There is also an image label for the back of the stamp (for the back of the rubber) that will help you position the stamp on the paper. So now you get the benefit of repositionable rubber stamps, along with clearly superior Stampin' Up! image quality and durability.
When you purchase Stampin' Up! Cling Stamps or clear-mount stamps, they come in a DVD-sized container. Inside you will get die-cut rubber images and labels for the back of the images. These labels are essential to get the good mounting for Cling Stamps.
Choose Cling Stamps and clear-mount stamps if your storage is limited or you want to reposition or combine images on blocks.
- Click HERE for further information about assembling Cling Stamps.
- Click HERE for further information about assembling clear-mount stamp sets.
To use Cling Stamps or clear-mount stamps you will need acrylic or Clear-Mount Blocks, which are sold separately. The Stampin' Up! Clear-Mount Blocks have grooves on all four sides; the grooves in the block will feel the same in your hand as a wood-mount stamp. These come in many sizes and so you can choose the size to fit the stamp image. To help you choose the right block for mounting your stamps, download this Clear Block Template.
Here's a tip: print the template onto acetate or vellum; you now have the perfect guide for laying over stamp images in the Stampin' Up! catalogues to determine the correct block sizes.
All you need to do to use a Cling Stamp or clear-mount stamp is to position the stamp image of your choice on a clear block. Press and hold it for a few seconds, then use it as you would any traditional wood-mount stamp. To stamp you can use any ink of your choice. To clean your Cling Stamps or clear-mount stamps use your Stampin' Scrub and Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner.
Note, you do need to keep both your blocks and stamps clean in order for the cling to function properly.