Today I will be doing a review on the stamping supplies that I recently purchased. This is an image heavy post so you'll have to click read more to see the images of the other 6 stamping plates. :P
So, first up is the Creative Shop Stamper. I've heard these are pretty expensive to get shipped over from Ukraine (I think? I'm not sure where). So, there are a lot of places you can order these, check Creative Shop's International Stockists here. A lot of these places are either out of stock or require you to pre-order so you'll have to keep a look out and maybe follow them on Instagram or Twitter to see when pre-orders begin or they are back in stock.
Pre Ordering from B² Lacquer: I chose to pre-order from B Squared Lacquer. It took a very long time from pre-ordering to receiving the stamper, keep in mind the shipping was international from both Ukraine to the US and from the US to me in Canada. It took 48 days from ordering to receiving so the PayPal refund claim window actually closed. I had a shipping notice and tracking number when the 45 days were up though so, I just decided to take the risk since I was pretty sure it was going to show up. It cost $20 CAD because of shipping and the exchange rate so it was more expensive than I was comfortable with but, I heard these are the best stampers around so I decided, I'll just suck it up, get the best stamper and then I shouldn't have to buy any more stampers.
Creative Shop Stamper: I'm really happy with the quality of the Creative Shop Stamper. It is HUGE. It's way bigger than any of my nails and I think if you wanted to stamp some very large cabochon jewelry this would work very well for that. I did not have to wash or prime the stamper, it came ready to use. It's very sticky and squishy! It comes with a small piece of paper with instructions for care which is nice because it included a care tip that recommends that I store it in the bag that it came with to maintain the stickiness. It also came with a plastic card scraper that is thinner than a credit card so it's great for scraping since it does not scrape too much. The card came clean but I forgot to take a photo of it before I used it, so, sorry it is dirty, haha.
MoYou London Plates: These plates are gorgeous. I decided to just splurge on some really nice plates so I didn't run into plates that weren't etched well enough as tends to happen with the cheaper plates. I chose MoYou London because they seemed to have the most designs per plate that I would actually use. Stamping plates from other companies only seem to have 1 design per a plate I would use. I do have one complaint and that is that I didn't realize that the plates with the smaller designs on them are only 1.5cm long and they are unfortunately too short for my nails. I was really bummed because I ordered 3 plates with small designs and they're kind of a waste unless I want to file my nails shorter than I would like. They do have XL plates but I was thinking my nails aren't that long so why would I need XL plates? So, 1.5cm is very small. From ordering to my door, it took about 30 days since they ship from the UK. I didn't pay for a tracking number so I was left guessing when they were going to show up. :P
So, to wrap this up, I have a couple of tips that I found to get stamping to work well for me. There was a lot of trial and error and I wasted a lot of polish and acetone figuring it out but, once I got it figured out I got a perfect image almost every time.
1. Don't scrape too hard, if the plate around the etching is a little bit messy, it's okay because for some reason the stamp doesn't seem to pick up the mess unless it's a big blob. If you scrape too much you won't get the full image on the stamper. I barely touch the plate with the scraper.
2. When you dab the stamper on the image you have to use light pressure and lift it quickly. If you hold it down too long or press it too hard, the image won't transfer to the stamper.
Creative Shop Stamper: $9 Color4Nails, $9 B² Lacquer (Pre-Order), £8.00 Rainbow Connection (Pre-Order), 240 грн Creative Shop
MoYou London - Stamping Plates: £4.99 ($9.39 CAD/$7.37 USD) MoYou, $12 AUD Picture Polish
|Creative Shop Stamper|
|Creative Shop Stamper|
(Scraper comes without the smudges, forgot to photograph before I used it)
|MoYou London - Explorer 22|
|MoYou London - Fairy Tale 04|
|MoYou London - Fashionista 08|
|MoYou London - Suki 01|
|MoYou London - Suki 04|
|MoYou London - Time Traveller 02|
|MoYou London - Tropical 01|