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Celtic Symbols: 18 Rubber Stamps [Misc. Supplies]

Jim Paul
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Oct. 1 1998
The Celts were a passionate and ferocious forest people. They rode horses and sat on wolfskins, worshipped pagan gods, and practiced the arts of poetry, prophecy, and astrology. Their art was sacred and symbolic; its interlacing ribbons, knots, mazes, and animal designs still mesmerize the modern world. "Celtic Symbols" invites us to explore this legendary druid society with rubber stamps featuring the intricate circles, knots, and borders of Celtic art. The designs represent the historical range of Celtic art, which was geometric early on and zoomorphic in later centuries. "Celtic Symbols" also includes a booklet by writer Jim Paul that describes the fascinating nuances of Celtic life and society. This inspiring and useful treasure is sure to yield hours of fun and an endless supply of original stamp art creations.

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Jim Paul is a highly praised poet and writer whose previous books include Rune Poem from Chronicle Books; Catapult; Medieval in LA; and What's Called Love. He lives in San Francisco.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Nifty Set of Stamps for Budding Celtophiles July 25 2000
As a budding Celtophile, I had to have this set when I saw it in a catalog....and paid about 8 bucks more! It's a good set, with a very nice box for storage. In fact, it's almost worth buying the set just for the box. An insert contains information not only on stamping, but on the Celts themselves.
You can get some really beautiful designs out of these stamps but it takes some practice, and some of the smaller ones tend to blur if you press too hard. The trick is to get a very good ink pad (Encore is the best) and learn how to apply just the right pressure. This is easier with these stamps than with other sets, as these are wood backed, which makes for a better, clearer image. I used the one with three knotted horses to make party invitations, using a multi colored stamp pad in hues of blue and purple with a silver accent. With a little work, they came out really nice.
This set is an excellent value, especially at this price, and a nice addition to any stamper collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes a wonderful gift July 5 2000
This is a great kit and a wonderful gift for any rubber stamper. It comes with black inkpad glued to the box top, 18 stamps, and a nice booklet that tells a little about Celtic people, their history, & the designs themselves. The images are not die-cut, but cut square as typical with plain foam mount stamps. However, unlike other cheaper kits, they are all ready indexed on a thin sheet of wood. Conveniently, there is a permanent stamp index on the bottom of the box so you can easily place the stamps back is their proper place.
A variety of stamp designs and sizes are included. Designs feature mostly knotwork and spirals. The biggest is a circle about 2" in diameter. There are 4 tiny stamps that measure about a half-inch. My favorite image 1 1/4" circle with knotwork and three horses.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Disappointed March 7 2005
I'm just starting to get into creating greeting cards with stamps and this set was deeply disappointing. The quality of the rubber is poor. The images are cut very shallow and ink invariably gets on the rest of the stamp and leaves marks on the printed image. I've tried several brands of ink and markers, all yielding poor results. The wood mounts are thin and do not provide enough gripping surface. Lightly sanding the rubber produced only slightly improved results. It should not be tricky to create a good image with high quality stamps. All in all, very inferior quality compared to the "real" wood block backed rubber stamps used to create greeting cards.
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3.0 out of 5 stars These stamps are ok, but not the best April 1 2001
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A little tip for anyone buying these: if the ink doesn't take (ie. it sort of bubbles up on the surface of the rubber), take an emery board and go over the rubber part. Also, don't apply too much pressure as it will leave nasty edge marks. This is because of how they are mounted. I prefer stamps that are cut close to the image and THEN mounted on the wood. These stamps aren't all bad though. I've used them many times with great effect.
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