Why aren't my clear-mount stamps sticking?

Stampin' Up! clear-mount stamps are made of the same high-quality red rubber as their wood-mount stamps and the foam is the same thickness and density as the wood-mount foam.  However instead of an adhesive to stick the foam onto a wooden block, it has a cling property on the back so it can cling to acrylic Clear Blocks.

  • Click HERE to see the difference between wood-mount and clear-mount rubber stamps.

Clear-mount stamps are designed to stick or cling to a Clear Block.  To properly adhere your clear-mount stamp, press it firmly onto a Clear Block, applying even pressure to the entire surface of the stamp.  Or alternatively, lay the stamp, face down, on your work bench and firmly press the Clear Block onto the back of the stamp, applying even pressure.  The stamp should cling strongly enough to allow you to use it without falling off.  The stamp should also be easy to remove from the block.

The main reason for clear-mount stamps not clinging to Clear Blocks is residue on the back of the stamp or the blocks, especially dust, powder, ink, or oils and lotions from your hands.  Extreme temperatures and condensation can also affect the cling of your clear-mount stamps.

If you are experiencing difficulty with your clear-mount stamp clinging to a Clear Block, here are five things you can try...

  1. Make sure that the back of the stamps are clean.  Use a damp paper towel to remove any dust or powder that has accumulated on the surface.
  2. Make sure that the Clear Blocks are clean.  Wash the blocks in warm soapy water or clean them with Isopropyl Alcohol or hand sanitizer.  Ensure there is no residue left on the surface.
  3. Warm your Clear Blocks!  Tuck them against your skin for a few minutes to warm them up.  Clear-mount stamps don't cling well to cold blocks.
  4. You could choose not to add the labels to the back of your clear-mount stamps.  The sticker labels that you adhere to foam on the back of your stamps has a cling property, although it is not as strong as the cling property on the foam backing.
  5. Apply a low-tack adhesive to the label on the back of the stamps.  One example is applying a very light smear of Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the back of a stamp and then leave it to dry overnight.  Once Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue is dry it is tacky and repositionable.  Another example is to apply a light layer of natural beeswax lip balm to the back of the clear-mount stamp.