Are there any negatives to unmounting stamps?

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Posted 11/17/2012 by miaow in General Stamping


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Posted: 11/17/2012 9:37:15 PM
I know it takes time and the cost of whatever you put them in, but are there other negatives? I have probably 100 sets to unmount, but I know they will take up less space and I think I will use them more. Thanks for your thoughts!

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Posted: 11/19/2012 7:03:42 PM
Occasionally stamps can be torn/damaged in the process.
Some people prefer the look and feel of wood.
If you don't use EZ Mount or retain the foam from the original mounting (which can sometimes be hard to keep intact) it can produce a less reliable image. I solve this by stamping on an old mousepad, which I also use for my clear stamps.
It generally hurts resale value.

If you do anything with 2 steps (solid + outline) and you use a stamp positioning tool, some people keep an acetate or vellum template with those stamps so they don't have to make a new one each time. Because you remove the stamp from your block each time you can't do this.

Sometimes very small or narrow stamps are wobbly/don't cling well/are easily lost.

Having said that, I am totally unmounting most of my stamps. Large background stamps are my only exception.
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Posted: 11/20/2012 11:06:28 AM
Like Tiffany, I have unmounted the majority of my rubber & try to avoid buying any new ones that are mounted. I actually prefer plain rubber to those UMSs that have cushions 'cause I can use them in lots of ways that the cushion or mount would make difficult.

Far as 'negatives'? You will 'lose' the index, but that hasn't been a problem for me--except that it means I have to actually look at the die when I want a particular stamp. 'Course some of that is due to my organizational style--can you say "I don't organize images."?

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Posted: 11/20/2012 11:31:03 AM
My biggest problem with unmounteds is that I forget to mark either on the stamp or the storage the name of the stamp company. Magazines want stamp credits on submissions and I really hate to put stamp unknown.

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