April 22, 2008

Sentiments/Word stamps

Does anyone feel lost in the world of sentiment/word stamps? I do. With the ever increasing number of stamp companies, there's a deluge of choices. The stamp companies are growing just like the disk meter on your Gmail account! So I decided to list down all the various sentiments/word stamp sets that I know, how complete they are and what's their effect on the wallet. It would be a lot of help if you know some stamp set and I haven't listed it here.

Hope this survey would be helpful to all those out there who're trying to decide which sentiment set to pick! Your suggestions and comments are most welcome.

Sentiments Sets

  1. Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink (PTI)
  2. Many Sentiments by Flourishes
  3. All Occassions by Little Paper Shop
  4. Essential sentiments by My Favorite Things (MFT)
  5. Sassy Sayings by My Favorite Things (MFT)
  6. Things Hanna Would Say by Hanna Stamps
  7. Sketched Sentiments by Lizzie Anne Designs
  8. Celebration Sayings by Lizzie Anne Designs
  9. Simply Sentiments by Lizzie Anne Designs
  10. Ordinary Greetings (Pg 22) by The Angel Company (TAC)
  11. Tag Tidbits by TAC
  12. Trendy Greetings (Pg 63)by TAC
  13. Chicken Scratch by TAC
  14. Mini Sentiments by Purple Onion Designs
  15. Hand Written by My Sentiments Exactly
Words Sets
  1. Paper Tray by Papertrey Ink
  2. Flourished Words by Flourishes
  3. Just Words II by Lizzie Anne Designs
  4. Sentiments I (Pg 44) by Impression Obsession
  5. Sentiments II (Pg 44) by Impression Obsession
  6. Never Loss 4 Words by Kitchen Sink

Below is a comparison table. To me, for a sentiment stamp set to be complete it should at least have the words Birthday (BD), Anniversary (AN), Congratulations (CO), Thank You (TY), Get Well (GW), Sympathy (SY) and Baby (BB). Or if it's a greetings stamp then it should've appropriate stamps for the above occasions. So the table has one column for each of these. A cell contains "Y" if the set contains that word, otherwise it's empty. Then comes flexibility if it's a word set then flexibility is determined by the accent words like Happy, For, On your, etc. If it's a greetings set then by the presence of more than one greeting for a given occasion. The third column is for price. This column contains:

  • $ - if the set costs between $10-$15 (included).
  • $$ - for $15-$20 ($15 excluded)
  • $$$ - anything greater than $20

The sets are listed in the same order as they are listed above.

Set BD AN CO TY GW SY BB Flexible Price
S1 Y Y
Y Y Y Y Y $
S2 Y

Y Y


$
S3 Y Y Y
Y Y Y
Y $$
S4

Y Y
Y

$$
S5 Y Y Y Y Y

Y $$
S6 Y

Y


Y $$
S7 Y
Y Y Y


$$
S8 Y
Y




$$
S9 Y
Y Y Y
Y
$$
S10 Y
Y Y Y Y

$
S11 Y
Y Y


Y $
S12 Y Y
Y Y


$$
S13 Y

Y



$
S14 Y Y Y Y Y
Y Y $$
S15 Y Y Y Y Y


$$
W1 Y

Y Y Y
Y $
W2 Y Y Y Y
Y Y Y $
W3 Y
Y

Y

$$
W4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y $$
W5 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y $$
W6 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
$$$

Conclusion:

  1. The Sentiments I and II by Impression Obsession seem to be the most complete and versatile word set (and cheap). "Never Loss 4 Words" is also as good just that it's a little expensive.
  2. After that we've "Flourished Words", "Mini Sentiments" and "All Occassions".

3 comments:

Annapurna said...

Great work putting together this table for someone who is looking for sentiments to buy.

I usually don't buy sets that have too many sentiments, since I can print what I want from the PC, in a font that matches my card.

malieta said...

You did a great job putting this chart together Smriti! This makes a person think a bit before buying. Thank you for sharing!
malieta:)

My Paper World said...

You did a great job Smriti!
very helpful info, thanks so much!
Nicola xx