Hi there! I hope you're all having a fantastic week :)
Today I wanted to share my experience using the extremely affordable Flower Stamp set (item #65/80755) that was provided to me from Oriental Trading. If you haven't checked out their site, you need to! They have THOUSANDS of great products, many of which are related to crafting. My experience is with this stamp set only, but I'm sure that other stamps that they offer would have equal performance and bang for your buck :)
My package from Oriental Trading arrived quickly and everything was packed so carefully inside with a good amount of padding. Nothing was damaged and my order was complete. This is a clear stamp set measuring 4" x 4" and contains 12 stamps. I love that you can mix and match to build your own flowers and scenes; I just knew that this set was going to be FUN!
(butterfly card was made with pigment inks)
When I first tried using these clear stamps, I noticed that they didn't stick to my acrylic block very well, but that was a very easy fix with Tombo Mono Multi Glue. I squirted some glue on the back, rubbed it in and waited for it to dry before trying again. The second time it stuck better:) If you notice after a while your clear stamps lose their stick, just try this quick fix and it'll make quite a difference.
I found that different dyes worked better that others. I had the best luck with pigment inks and for the watercolor effect, Distress Inks worked great. You don't have to press down on the stamp very hard to get a great image; in fact, pressing down too hard made my images blurry.
Here is a card that is similar to the card above. I used pigment ink for the stem and leaves; on the flowers (from left to right) dye ink, pigment ink and dye ink. If you compare it to the card above, you can see the different looks you get with different inks. Different, but still pretty :)
Another feature I really loved about this set is that that some of the stamps are solid while others have blank spaces. I colored these two flowers with Copic markers and decided to leave the leaf without color for no other reason than to keep the focus on the flowers themselves. I love how swirly one end of the stem is :)
Positives about this product:
*Price, price price! These babies are incredibly affordable!
*Versatility--mix and match as you see fit!
*Let's just face it....they're adorable
*Includes both solid stamps and stamps that have blank space to use a variety of inks and markers/pencils to color.
Not as positive:
*Overall the only problem I had with the stamps was that the backs of them didn't have much stick, but I was able to use glue to help solve that problem a bit.
*If you push too hard the image is blurry.
There you have it! I hope you've learned something new with this post. What are you waiting for?! Head on over to Oriental Trading to see what they have :)
Thanks for sharing part of your day with me!