After opening the order, I was a bit taken aback at how big it is. Here's a photo of it next to a standard ink pad for comparison.
Here are a few things I expected of the very inexpensive device...and it met expectations.
1. Lining up the letters perfectly and getting a perfect image is tough. I don't recommend stamping it onto a finished card, especially if that card isn't an "artsy" loose, collage-style card. The imperfections will be glaringly obvious.
|We got there in the end, partly by rocking the device|
back and forth just a bit.
A better choice is stamping the sentiment onto strips and cutting it out to add to a card. That way, if it's crooked, you can cut it out straight (quilting rulers and craft knives are PERFECT for this sort of triage).
2. With only 13 rows, it's hard to make a full sentiment. Happy birthday, for instance, had 14 spaces/letters, so you can't stamp the words together. Aligning separate impressions would be extremely difficult...not impossible, but very difficult nevertheless. I wanted to stamp The First Noel, and it also has 14 letters/spaces. Bummer. The work-around for this is, of course, cutting the words out separately and popping them on a card.
3. It's really cool, even if it is finicky.
|Not quite perfect with that E, but still pretty in Delicata Golden Glitz.|
|The E still didn't stamp great, but the stamp worked with|
Brilliance chocolate in dew-drop pad form.
|The hard pad of a Hero Arts dye ink pad worked really well...once that|
E was lined up right.
My bottom line...it's worth the money ($15) as long as you don't expect perfection and are willing to practice a bit to get the hang of it.
Here's my first card made with it:
The hand-drawn irregularities in the snowflakes (from SU's Endless Wishes) make the irregularities in the sentiment appear to belong. I think this would be EXCELLENT for people who like a looser, collage style of stamping, shabby chic, or such. Also, it would be excellent for art journalers...which is really why I bought it in the first place. I've been wanting to start doing that for a while now and this will certainly be useful.
And don't panic! I'm not thinking of changing Simplicity to anything other than the card-making blog it is. Just want to play around a bit with other crafty/stampy things.
Oh, and I used craft foam to back the sentiment so it won't get all wonky in the post.
Hope you're all having a lovely weekend!
stamps: SU Endless Wishes
ink: Hero Arts stone wash
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: SU rotary stamp alphabet, craft foam for dimension