Review by Susan Jane A on Sunday 13 December, 2015
This is kind of a strange grunge stamp. First off the whole image is solid black and chunky. When most of us think holiday lights we think of green white or maybe brown wires. The lights are bright, a little ethereal, certainly not blobs with heavy dazzle lines. Bummer? Not completely. This is not a beginners stamp, though.
First there are two light rays that need to be pruned. A brand new blade on a stout craft knife will do the trick. No amount of anything kept these two super heavy lines from being a problem. This may not bother others but I just couldn't make this stamp work without the modification.
If you go for embossing such as clear, iridescent or glitter clear, metallic, or something tone-on-tone, you might pull this off without getting tricky or technical. Please test first. It is blobby and getting the right impression takes some work.
If you go with markers like Tombow or Distress you can get some interesting effects. While still blobby they do have the holiday cheer in a grungy sort of way. I was fairly happy with a goth version that had black wires and dark red lights with glassy accents.
What people might miss is using this stamp for background texture especially with layers. This stamp does read as plant like or even barbed wire with some forethought.
In general this is not an easy stamp to use. I think novice stamps would be frustrated and disappointed. With a little work and testing it can be a fun stamp. Rating: