If you've been into rubber stamping for any length of time, you've probably seen ads that offer unmounted stamps at a highly reduced rate. In this article we'll tell you everything you need to know to start mounting your own stamps.
Execution of the first step depends on the type of mount that you've chosen. If you are using a wood mount, stamp the image as you normally would onto the back of the mount using your fabric ink. This is easiest if you put the inked dye down on a firm surface and then press the mount onto the dye. If you are using an acrylic mount, you will need a piece of adhesive backed paper (available in most office supply stores) and you will stamp your image onto that, then peel the image off the backing and place it on your mount.
Place the dye onto the mounting cushion and cut away a piece of the cushion that is a little bit bigger than the dye. Peel the paper backing off one side of the cusion and apply it to the back side of the stamp. Now, cutting through the rubber and the cushion at the same time, cut around the stamped image as close to the dye as you can without cutting into it. Try to hold the scissors at a slight angle and cut away from the rubber, not under it.
Peel the remaining piece of backing away from the cushion and press the dye onto the mount-making sure that the dye and the stamped image on the mount are aligned the same way. That's all there is to it!