“ Manufacturer: EK Success / Type: Stamping Set „
I bought this set of rubber stamps to do a bit of crafting for my wedding. We had luggage tags we wanted to use for placecards, and I had an Amazon voucher so I scouted round and found these. I say "we", obviously my other half didn't really care about the little details, but was happy to leave me to it and do whatever made me happy! They cost around £7 at full price, and there are different fonts available on Amazon. I chose this set because the font was quite retro, and I thought it would look good on ivory coloured luggage tags.
The stamps are very small, and I deliberated for a while whether they might be too small for what I had in mind. I read a review on Amazon by someone else who had used these for the same purpose, so that put my mind at rest and I bought them. I finally got round to using them last weekend, and was really pleased with the outcome.
The set actually contains 30 stamps. Of these, it has the 26 letters of the alphabet, and four symbols. I was only interested in one of these symbols, which was the heart, but it also has a feather, and two different types of leaf. The stamps come in a flimsy plastic foldable box, which isn't the best way of storing them once you've used them and they have ink on them as it can get a bit messy. They are all attached to each other by the rubber bit when you take them out, and I would advise separating them very carefully so you don't detach any rubber from the wooden bit like I did on one of them. Luckily my friend had a glue gun to reattach the rubber bit to its base, but I didn't think this was a great start as they didn't seem the best quality.
In terms of quality of stamping, I had no issue with these whatsoever. They stamp clearly, and although I didn't get it perfect every time, I thought this added to the "quirkiness" of the placecards. You do need to be careful of over-inking the rubber stamps, as a couple of times I caught the corners rather than the letter itself, and it ended up blobbing a bit. But once you get the hang of pressing very lightly on the ink pad and trusting that it will do its job, they work very well. The heart came in handy for decorative purposes too, as we just stamped the person's name, and then a heart in the corner of the luggage tag which made it a bit more wedding-friendly.
The size of these stamps is about a centimetre squared, but this is the area of the whole stamp, rather than the letter itself. The letters work out a bit smaller than a centimetre, but they are large enough for people to be able to spot their name from a distance, this was important as I didn't want people walking round squinting trying to work out where their seat was!
Overall, I would say these stamps are ok value for money, although I wouldn't count on them lasting for long if they are being used regularly, as the rubber bit on some of the letters isn't very well attached. If you're using them for a specific purpose, however, they will definitely do the job.
(This review is also posted on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)