I have quite a few of the retired Stampin' Up! stamps that I WOULD NOT get rid of. Some of them will be great for my boys, and some were awesome for guys, and the rest, I just could not part with ... lol. Now that SU is going unmounted, I decided to do the same with my retired ones.
Some people choose to leave the foam on the rubber, but I don't like having double layers of foam. Besides, I am going for less storage, and so I want my stamps as thin as possible.
Here, I am peeling off an elephant image from the Wild About You set. You can see some of the glue still on the trunk, but that won't be a problem. If there was still foam, though, I would try to get that off.
Then, I arrange my rubber on a EZMount Cling sheet. One side is a sticky glue - this is where the rubber goes on to. This is a VERY STRONG adhesive, you do not have to worry about your stamps coming off!! I think of it as a puzzle, to get as many stamps on there as possible. For this picture I sprinkled flour on the glue after, so I could cut it out. That was annoying, so I went and found my hot knife to cut out the rest. I had five 8.5 X 11 sheets to cut through!! In that post, I used the thick grey stuff, but like I said I was going for as thin as possible. For these I am using the thin black stuff. Sticks just the same on the acrylic block!
This is a new case from Stampin' Up! (you can buy a pack of 4 in the mini), and it is the same ones that the new stamp sets come in. Now here is why I kept them as thin as possible. I can put images on each side, and it closes with room in between the stamps!! With the thick stuff, you would only be able to fill up one side. In this case, I have 22 stamps, and the smaller they are, the more you can fit in. So, how about knowing what is inside when it is closed ?
The cases come blank ( no inserts), so I cut a piece of computer paper to fit. That measurement is 10 1/2 X 6 7/8. I then stamped the images on the paper in the spot that they were in the case, so I know exactly where to look for it. And when I want something, I can just look at the outside of the box and know if any given stamp is in there! Hope this helps you out, have fun and happy stamping!!