Based on others reporting mixed results with getting good stamped impressions with this stamp set, I held off purchasing. I have been very pleasantly surprised with this set! I am not a great stamper. I often struggle to achieve wonderful impressions with solid stamps. I have had excellent success using a stamp press and the Altenew Obsidian black ink with this stamp set. For embossing, I find extra fine/detail embossing powder produces the best results for me. The images look fantastic: bold, fun and distinctly retro for those of us who remember Dymo tape. I have had good results with Crisp Ink but it takes more than one pass. Crisp ink is thinner than Obsidian black and can seep into the message text itself. That said, if you like perfection, this may not be the stamp set for you. The results are charmingly imperfect and lots of fun. I've gotten a number of messages from friends who appreciate the nostalgic nod of this stamp set.