One thing I will note is that Bundle Monster stamping plates, like many other companies, arrive with a blue plastic film on them to protect their surfaces. I personally hate using my finger nails to peel anything off because they are so fragile this winter (no matter what I do). I did find that a set of precision tweezers easily removed the film though with no fuss.
|Came right off!|
I initially chose a "kiss" stamping image. I used Cult Nails Manipulative (love it!) as the base and used butter LONDON Dolly Bird for stamping. While the colors look gorgeous together--green/blue and pink combos are my fav--the stamp didn't fit on my nail well because they're super curved and narrow. I think I'll probably try it again another time, but for my first try this was the best I could do:
|Bundle Monster plate 303. Base of Cult Nails Manipulative with butter LONDON Dolly Bird for stamping.|
|Here's everything I used for my second attempt (minus Seche Base which I use pretty frequently as my base) left to right: Gelous, Cult Nails Nevermore, Konad dual-ended stamper, Bundle Monster plate BM311, A-England Princess Tears, OCC Shellac'd|
For my second attempt, which I did directly after my first, I chose a bigger image on plate BM311. The second time around everything worked so much better and I finally had a bit more confidence to work fast enough to get the image to transfer pretty well. I think that was my biggest hang-up initially. I was so worried about doing it right I hesitated and second-guessed myself a bit because I'm a bit of a perfectionist with some things and didn't want a messy image. I should have just moved faster and worried less! Which is what I did the second time. The other issue I had was that I was so worried about scraping the plate well enough that I actually scraped off too much--believe it or not lol. Anyway, I found my rhythm the second time and here's the results (keep in mind that in order to focus in macro on the teeny words on my nails a lot of the holo in Princess Tears was not picked up):
|I started playing around with placement of the image, getting a feel for how to anticipate where it would go. I found that holding the stamper upside down and rolling my finger down onto it rather than rolling the stamper onto my nail.|
I was actually really pleased with these and I think (hope) my 3rd attempt will be even better!
On little note, I love the double-ended Konad stamper, but I personally found using a credit card was better for scraping than the actual scraper because it was easier to use and I got polish all over my hand because I had to stamp right after scraping. It might just be me, but I would recommend trying both a card and scraper like this if you've never attempted stamping before.
What do you think? Ready to take the plunge and try stamping?
A-England Princess Tears can be purchased on the A-England website HERE.
Cult Nails Nevermore can be purchased on the Cult Nails website HERE.
Bundle Monster Plates can be purchased from Bundle Monster HERE.
I purchased my Konad double-ended stamper from Amazon HERE.