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Feb 28, 2009

How to Turn a SU Jumbo Wheel into a Set of 13 Stamps

I recently purchased this stamp set (Friends 24-7) and wheel (Friendly Words) from the newest SU catalog. I loved the elegance of both, but really wished that the wheel came as an actual stamp set, so I decided to alter it to meet my needs. I know this has done before, but for those of you who maybe haven't done this, I wanted to show you how. :)First, take a hobby blade and cut along the seam of the rubber that is adhered to the wheel.

Peel it off the wheel as shown. It comes off very easily.

Here is the rubber all peeled away from the wheel.

Now, grab a piece of cling foam (also known as easy mount). Cling foam runs about $3-$5 per 8 X 10 sheet. For this, I used about 1/5 of one sheet. Lay your rubber down on the foam (you are seeing the while liner) and draw an outline of the rubber with a pen.

Remove the rubber and cut out the piece of cling foam to fit your rubber.
Now, peel the liner from the STICKY side of the cling foam. One side is super sticky, the other side does not feel sticky to the touch. The cling side, is the side you adhere to your acrylic block when stamping. Tip: you can also adhere the cling foam to the sticker side of one of your wood mounted stamps.

Adhere the rubber to the sticky side of the cling foam.

Now, ink up the rubber with whatever ink you have laying around and stamp it on some scratch paper.

Plot out where you would like to cut the rubber. Here, I have drawn lines where I would like to cut. It will help you keep your bearings as you cut apart the rubber. Then, start cutting your rubber. I used a combination of a craft knife and my rubber scissors. There were some pretty tight spots, but I was able to cut with my craft knife in those areas without a problem. Just go VERY slowly when cutting with your craft knife.

Here is a shot of all the stamps I was able to cut from one jumbo wheel. I made a set of 13! YAY! The wheel was $8.50 plus about $1 for cling foam, giving me a set of 13 for under $10!

Here is an outline of where I cut. As you can see, I lost one section of rubber because the words ran over each other and it didn't make sense to use it. I placed an X on the area that I threw away.


Look at this gorgeous stamp! I would have paid $8.50 JUST for this stamp.


Look at how nicely this sentiment from the "Friends 24-7" set coordinates with one of the sentiments I cut from the wheel.

Here is another example of coordinating sentiments. One from the stamp set, one from the wheel.

For now, I just stuck the sentiments to the stamp case. Eventually, I will probably put them in an empty stamp box, CD case, or store them a little more safely. I don't want any of my stamps to get lost. :)
If you have wheels that you would like to use as a border, you can also unmount them and keep them whole instead of cutting them apart.
Look at all the wheels you have and decide if you would use them more as a "set" (like the set I showed you today), a wheel (as is), or as a one-piece unmounted strip (mounted on cling foam, but not cut apart).

Don't be afraid, you can do it! LOL
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment on this post. Make sure to include your e-mail address so I can get back to you.

64 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this tutorial!! I will use this idea.
    Linda Peterson

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  2. Jody, you rock. This is an awesome idea. SU will be selling out of this wheel shortly, I bet!! :)

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  3. Great Post today, Jody! The pictures were perfect - taken at just the right point in your instructions! Thanks for the help.. as always!!!

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  4. Thank you for this tutorial- I would have never thought of that! Now I am going to be looking at my wheels that I never use to see if I can do this! debb

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  5. Wow Jody what a great idea. I think I will buy a second wheel just to do this. that way I have the option of using it both ways especially since they only cost $8.50. Thanks for sharing and the great pictures of how you did this.

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  6. GREAT IDEA! You'll use it SO much more this way!

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  7. I actually contemplated this with the exact wheel but thought it would not work. You are inspiring and BRAVE! Now, where do you get the foam?

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  8. BRILLIANT!!!!! I have seen people unmount their wheels before, but not then cut them up... I have a ton of wheels that I NEVER use. I am soo inspired now! It might even look cool to buy 2 of these wheels- one to leave as is for the background and then the other to cut up! I am about to put my SU order in- Phew! Glad I read this first!
    TFS!!! I can always count on you for the coolest tips!!!
    Diane Cooper
    diane7@rogers.com

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  9. You are a genius! Great sneak peek Flopsey on SFYTT too - loved it!

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  10. Terrific idea Jody and great tutorial.
    I haven't got any SU wheels ... (or products actually LOL) but if I did I'd definitely be getting out the craft knife!

    Luv'n'Stuff
    Max
    xx

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  11. *gasp* Jody, you are so brave! I think it is such a great idea, but I'd be chicken to actually cut into my wheel rubber! LOL!

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  12. well aren't you so dang clever! tfs your tip!! I may just look at those wheels a little differently now (and may keep the ones I haven't used in FOREVER if I can get more mileage out of them like this!)

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  13. Get out! Girl you are BRILLIANT absolutely brilliant! I've never thought to cut my wheels INTO stamps...now I'm going to run down to see what wheels I may be able to do this too....rofl! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  14. Wow that is a fabulous idea! THANKS for sharing that.

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  15. Wow! What a fantastic idea! TFS!

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  16. Jody, you're the best! What a fabulous idea, thanks!

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  17. BRILLIANT! Absolutely BRILLIANT! I've seen unmounting them, and have even done that, but I've never seen cutting them apart. I may have to order this set and wheel now!

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  18. What a great idea!!! I love this... I have a wheel that I will cut like that really soon!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. What a fabulous idea - I never look at wheels as I don't really care for them but now you have opened up a whole new stamp world to me - Geez thanks! LOL

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  20. Holy moley! Thanks for this great tutorial! I may totally have to buy that wheel - what a deal - all those sentiments ofr $8.50!

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  21. SHUT UP!!!!! You're a genius! :)

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  22. Jody, I just ordered this wheel for that very purpose! Thanks so much for showing how you carved it up.

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  23. That was a perfect set to do that with. Thanks for the tutorial:)

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  24. Super idée... je vais essayer avec une de mes roue... Bravo... et merci pour cette astuce.

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  25. Thank you for your web site, I have already learned so much from you and hope to continue.
    Could you tell me where to buy the cling foam . I have to do this, love, love, love it.
    threecoffmans@yahoo.com
    Donna Coffman

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  26. Awesome idea! I am going to have to buy and try!

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  27. Shut up! You are so clever! I think I may need to buy another wheel just to have both! I love it!

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  28. Super idea! I have the wheel on order and planned to just "marker color" the sentiment I wanted to use at the time. Now I know another idea to use it, much neater! Where do you get the cling foam? I only have a Craft Warehouse and small Michael's available in town. So glad I subscribe to your post!!
    Gail S.
    Stageway@aol.com

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  29. Well aren't you brilliant? How do you THINK of this stuff????

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  30. What an AMAZING idea! I've never seen this mentioned anywhere before. What a great value. Thanks for the great tutorial, Jody!

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  31. I actually have 2 of these wheels... I am *SO* going to do this. Hugs!!

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  32. What an awesome idea! Thanks for the tutorial. :o)

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  33. all I can say is WOW!!!
    That is the coolest idea EVER!!!!
    Now if these babies sell out this week you'll know why.
    That is just incredible.
    thanks so much for sharing. I now absolutely need to get this wheel.

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  34. Wow! I thinking of unmounting my wheeled stamps, but somehow I never made the connection to buying more to just to unmount them and make more stamps. Thanks for giving the idea. This is one very neat and economic way to add to my stamp collection. I love all the neat ideas and tutorials on your blog.

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  35. What a clever idea and thank you sharing this with us.Love it!!!!!!

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  36. TFS!
    I did this with this wheel as you showed. I already used the "stamps" to make 2 different cards! I will be doing this to quite a few of my wheels. I'll get more use out of them.

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  37. What a great tip... thanks for showing us what you did.

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  38. Super cool! And here I thought I was the only one who did that! LOL! Great minds! ;)

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  39. WOW..you are one clever lady...TFS this tutorial..I will never look at wheels quite the same way..

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  40. OMG Jody!!! Your a genius.. lets see if I can work up the courage to cut them off!

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  41. Linda Bandow3/03/2009 6:16 PM

    Jody this is a genius idea....let me ask you...I have a large mounted rubber stamp that I would like to do this to....can it be done w/o wrecking the stamp? (Will pulling it off render it unusable?)

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  42. What a great idea..........WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT! Thanks for the great tip.

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  43. Absolutely genius. Thanks so much for being so creative and for sharing.

    Now onto looking for some wheels. Fun, fun, fun.

    doramiyi
    doramiyi@gmail.com
    -CANADA-

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  44. Such a great tip - TFS!

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  45. Wonderful idea, Jody. TFS your cleverness with us. BTW, if you need some extra SU cases, I have a basement full of them (I unmounted all my stamps...I know, I'm a heretic). Please send me an email if you're interested.

    Warm regards,
    Nancy
    nlsnyder@snydernet.net

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  46. Fantastic idea, fantastic tutorial!
    TFS
    Viv xx

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  47. You just sold me on this set and it's matching wheel!!

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  48. Awesome! I thought of getting this to cut apart when I saw it in the catalog, but I thought they were too close together. That wheel will be on my next order! Thanks so much!

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  49. Genius! Thanks for sharing, Jody!!

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  50. WOW! Can't believe I took this wheel off my last order. It's getting ordered TODAY! Thanks for a FAB tip!

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  51. You seriously ROCK! Now I just need to decide if I want to cut apart the wheel I have or buy a second one for this purpose.

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  52. I did it!!! It's awesome!!! The best part was how easy it was to cut the rubber...once I started I just flew thru it! Thanks so much for sharing... I have to go now...so many new cards to make!!
    Becky

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  53. Kathyc on SCS3/14/2009 4:14 PM

    Ooooh, I may have to call my demo to add a 2nd wheel to the order I just sent her! This is awesome; I love all the separate sentiments you cut out!
    Thank for sharing!

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  54. OMG! While I knew that others have been taking the rubber off the wheel, you are simply wonderful to show us step-by-step how to do it! Thank you so much for taking the time to share!! BTW...big fan of your work!! Cindy

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  55. Ingenious! Something I will try this evening.

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  56. Love it love it love it!!!
    Thank you SO much for going to such a great deal of effort to show this step by step. I love my Friendly Words wheel, and the Friends 24-7 set. I had looked at the wheel wishing I could use the individual pieces, now I know how! The jumbo wheels down here in Australia are $15.95, but I think the extra versatility would make it a bargain at twice the price!

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  57. Amanda P (Australia)7/29/2009 2:23 AM

    Jody,
    Thanks for the tip.

    I have just completed my 'deconstructed' wheel set of stamps (I cut the left-hand curl off the 'C' in confidant and got that as a word too).

    I was not impressed by this wheel as such but have will use the individual sentiments extensively.

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