Glue Method

  1. Cut out rubber image (die) – avoid undercutting.
  2. Apply rubber cement to back of rubber die.
  3. Apply rubber cement to one side of a piece of red rubber cushion larger than the die.
  4. After glue is dry to the touch, press the die onto the rubber cushion.
  5. Trim cushion. Angle the scissors to avoid undercut – cushion can be cut in a way that is slightly larger than the trimmed rubber die.
  6. Apply a liberal coat of contact cement to back of the cushion, and also to bottom of the stamp mount (handle). Let dry.
  7. Hold stamp die and cushion above glued bottom of stamp mount. Position die carefully before lowering onto glued surface as stamp cannot be repositioned.
  8. Press die and cushion firmly onto back of mount.

Important: These glues prefer to be used in the shade in dry weather outside or in a well-ventilated area. These glues need to be spread quickly, using relatively long brush strokes.

"Sticky-Back" Foam or Neoprene with Pressure-sensitive Adhesive

  1. Clean untrimmed stamp die on back side with rubbing alcohol. Let dry 5 minutes. This removes oil from fingerprints, etc. Pressure-sensitive adhesives are only effective on clean surfaces.
  2. Remove paper cover from one side of "stickyback" or Neoprene.
  3. Press untrimmed, unmounted die or dies onto sticky surface.
  4. Trim die and cushion with scissors. Angle scissors away from center of die to avoid undercut.
  5. Remove paper backing from trimmed result and press on back of wood mount.

A "mask" is a paper cut out of an image used to make one image appear to be in front of another. A mask is made by stamping on a thin piece of paper, such as typing paper, then cutting out this image with scissors or x-acto knife.

By covering a stamped image with its mask (or paper silhouette) you can overlap a second stamp and when the mask protecting the first image is removed, the second image will appear behind the first. Since characters in our circus collection are designed to be used with one another, you will be able to use these masks to make more complex scenes. We suggest making a mask of each stamp and keeping them in envelopes marked "cats," "horses," "clowns," etc. so you can find them easily.

  1. Stamp the base stamp.
  2. Stamp the bar stamp. Place the center bar over the center of the flower design on the base stamp.
  3. Stamp side stamp along sides of bar stamp.
  4. Center top stamp and stamp it along top line of bars.

Use mask to protect the image of the wagon when stamping driver.


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last modified 4 March, 2002 4:13