Yesterday I received a rather heavy box full of maple wooden strips for mounting stamps. The strips are 18 inches long and I ordered several different widths so I can cut any size I need for mounting. I was especially pleased with how well the stamped images looked on the wood. I suspect it’s due to the fine wood grain which keeps the ink from bleeding, and because Versafine black is just amazing! Did I mention that if you haven’t tried Versafine black ink you are really missing out? You NEED this ink (but just the black – the Versafine colors are not that impressive).
So while I love how the wood mounts look, I think there is something missing. We need something between wood mounting and unmounted (or craft foam), something that is light, thinner than wood, and easy to handle. Something that you can stamp the image on would be a bonus. So I rummaged through my supplies and found something useful….cork!
This is the sheet stuff you make bulletin boards with or cut to put on the back of coasters. I had some thin material which didn’t work so well, but I ordered some 3/8 thick sheets and it works perfectly! I adhered the stamps with some mounting foam (the same stuff I used for wood mounting) and so far I’m really pleased with it. It’s not as pretty as the wood, but I like handling it better. It feels similar to mounting the stamp with thick craft foam, but it looks nicer and you can stamp on the cork. The image looks “distressed” but you know which way is up when you stamp it. Here is the stuff I ordered on Amazon.
I’m curious if anyone has ever tired this before? I’m thinking about selling some when I launch my little Etsy store, so if you have any experience using it (or anything else) please let me know.
Oh…if you want wooden mounts, I bought mine here.