Another incredible product from Tim Holtz! These are detailed and gorgeous. I'm sure I will use them over and over. They come on a heavy hole-punched page so you can put them right in a binder. Love them!!
The cult of Tim Holtz has confounded me. When I first began using these kinds of products for scrapbooking & cardmaking, I thought his stamps were interesting. After looking at what seems like hundreds of them, I have concluded that many of his stamps are just put with other stamps and put in a different package, given another cutesy name and a huge price tag is stamped on it. This package was $30.
As one who travels to France every chance I get, I am puzzled as to why this is called "Shabby French." I haven't seen anything in all my travels in France that make these icons of France, except maybe the crown. You can get stamps of French writing in tons of places for way much less money. The flourishes in this package are available in other places, like I said - in other packages of stamps.
Finally, who wants to make a card or a tag using a stamp that everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, has purchased? If you tried to make a set of stationary to sell, people would recognize the stamps from elsewhere because they are ubiquitous, Try some of the smaller stamp houses that make their own if you want some really unusual, unique
rubber stamps that will surprise people. I am returning this group of "over exposed" stamps.