This week, British brand Paper Artsy have been showcasing their new releases. These two sets, designed by Kim Dellow, were showcased on Monday, and by Thursday night I was using them!
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I was initially attracted to the set on the right in the picture (EKD02) as I like the rounded square shapes - but I just couldn't resist the hedgehogs in EKD01! However, although I've made two cards with these sets now (the other is a future DT card) , I haven't used the hedgehogs at all. They are tiny (about 3x3cm for both). I've seen the size used as an advantage on some samples on the Paper Artsy blog, but I think I would have liked them to have also included a bigger version for more versatility.
Paper Artsy stamps are expensive compared to many other brands. I paid £20.50 for each set at That's Crafty and was pleased to get about £5 off due to loyalty points earned on previous purchases. (The service from That's Crafty was great too - ordered on Tuesday, arrived on Thursday!)
Are the stamps worth the price? They are deeply etched red rubber with a thick, firm sponge backing. They stamp cleanly with no need for preparation. They are already trimmed but some were trimmed together and I preferred to use them apart - cutting through the rubber was easy without any worries about damaging the stamp. I can envisage using all the stamps in these sets (except possibly one of the sentiments) and they would work for many styles (grungy, CAS) and occasions. So, although I would prefer them to be a bit cheaper, I do feel the price reflects the quality of the stamp.
Of course, being red rubber, they're not the see-through stamps we're so used to nowadays. I haven't found positioning much of a problem, although if you look closely at my card (above) you will see that the feet of one of the birds do not quite reach the branch! If this is important to you, you could, of course, use a positioning tool.
Finally, thanks for visiting my new consumer blog where I will post reviews, news etc about the craft stuff available to UK crafters. I hope you will become a follower. I have no connection to Paper Artsy or That's Crafty and I paid for these stamps with my own hard-earned cash.
My personal craft blog is My Perfect Life.