So on to the post that should have gone up Friday.I am a big stamper...always have been. Even thought I use A LOT of clear stamps, my heart will always lie with red rubber stamps. The image a red rubber stamp gives is always superior to clear stamps yet we all know that clear stamps are much easier to use since you can see exactly where you are stamping. That fact does not deter me in buying red rubber...I guess for me it's more about the strong image than ease of use.
On the trip to St Louis I was able to buy a few stamps to add to my collection. Most were red rubber that are not mounted on wood, but with a cling mount. The challenge for some may be, "How do I store them once I get them home and out of the package?"
I'll show you how I do it (I am quite sure there are many great ideas out there for stamp storage, but this one works for me). Easy, cheap and accessible is the name of the game here.
I got some great stamps at Red Lead, all cling mounted. When I got home I peeled off the backing paper that protects the static cling cushion. Now the stamp is ready to be temporarily mounted on the acrylic block.
Dottie and Debbie.
When I get a new stamp I always stamp the image on a piece of cardstock so I can see what it really looks like and also to have a sample I can keep for reference.
Artist Trading Card Pixie (2 1/2 x 3 1/2")
Unmounted stamp pocket refill pages to store my stamps. Each page is 7 x 8 1/2" and made from a heavy plastic. Each refill page is also a pocket.
I take the image that came with the stamp and tape it to the INSIDE of the pocket so I always know what stamp goes in that space. Then I secure the stamp over that image. The image that I stamped on the tag goes inside the pocket so I always have a reference.
phone stamp from Unity/Websters pages. It's called an Itty Bitty stamp but it's not that small (2 x 3")
(4 x 5") - worn polka dot.
(4 x 5") - Musical Background stamp from Red Lead.
black rubber binding rings from 7gypsies. As you can see the pocket refill pages are the same exact size as the Stampers Anonymous stamp sets so I can combine these sets with the page I put together myself.