What makes a stamp good for realism?
Whether you're scrolling or strolling through a craft supply shop, we've all experienced that magical moment...
You spot the cutest stamp...
You hear harp music and fat little winged babies start fluttering around your head. You can feel your pulse in your eyeballs and darned if you aren't suddenly smelling fresh-baked cinnamon rolls...
I must have that stamp! I'll simply die without it!
But then you hear your father's practical voice and you can just tell he's rolling his eyes.
"Sure kid, but what'cha gonna do with it? Because it's not cheap and at that price, it better not just sit around gathering dust!"
"Oh no, dad. This is a good one! I can make a card for Jean with it, I'll make a card for Aunt Judy, and I'll make gift tags, and use it in my journal, and it could be in at least a dozen scrapbook layouts..."
So you fork out the bucks and cart the stamp home where it sits on your craft table for months, first as a source of inspiration, later as a reminder that you simply must make time for it.
Finally you tuck it away so that you can't hear your father tsk-tsking at you.
Yeah, not all stamps are golden.
Even worse are the stamps that you thought would color up well and yet... somehow... not sure why... but... meh.