Random Stamping – Or, The Result of Priming a New Stamper
Hello, lovely readers! I have something kind of different to share with you today. Kind of a review/totally unplanned mani thing, and I am super excited to share.
A little backstory… I’ve been hearing so much about the Creative Shop Stamper lately, and it’s all been good. So, when I saw that B Squared Lacquer was selling them as a pre-order, you bet I ordered a couple!
Stamping is something that causes me a LOT of frustration. I have (relatively) large hands, and therefore, large nails. Most of my stamping plates have images that don’t even cover my nails. And on top of that, most of the stampers I have purchased are too small or difficult to work with. So sad. Over time, I’ve found things that work for me — for example, the large squishy stamper from Winstonia and the XL plates from MoYou London. I’ve been really happy with my Winstonia stamper, but after seeing so many amazing reviews of the Creative Shop Stamper, I had to try it.
The first thing you’ll notice about this stamper is the size. The stamper head is ENORMOUS! This is good not only for those of us with large nails, but for picking up a large image and having the option to use a specific section, or for creating large advanced stamping decals. (Something I still want to try.) Some of you might actually be able to get two decals out of one impression. (Score!)
You’ll also notice the color of the silicone. It’s a little gray-er and slightly translucent so white polish shows up much more clearly on the stamper making it easier to position your image on your nail. Also, the stamper head fits very securely in the base and doesn’t fall out like some other stampers tend to do.
A lot of reviews I’ve read have said that they didn’t need to prime their stamper for it to pick up the image properly, but I wasn’t that lucky. I had a little trouble at first. Images weren’t being entirely picked up or there were blank spots on the stamper from air bubbles. I’m chalking this up to user error. I’m not an expert in stamping by any means, so I’m sure I just needed to figure out the subtleties of this particular stamper. I found that using an old plastic gift card worked better for me than the scraper that came with the Creative Shop stamper. The scraper that comes with the Creative Shop Stamper is a little thinner and bent a lot under the pressure of scraping my plate, but again, this is a personal preference. Also, I found that I had to press a tiny bit harder on the plate with my stamper to pick up the image. Again, not a flaw, just an observation on a slightly different technique for a different tool.
Before I figured all of this out though, I got frustrated and gave up. I decided to try again later and it worked beautifully with a few changes to my technique (noted above). I was having so much fun just playing around with my new stamper and some of my MoYou London plates that I created these nails kind of by accident. I wasn’t even planning on sharing these at first (I didn’t even clean up my edges completely. GASP!), but I thought they turned out pretty cool, so I decided to take some pics.
You can barely see my base color (ILNP “Champagne Blush”) under all the stamping. There are about 4 or 5 images stamped on top of each other on each nail using different colors and images. I think the end result looks like some crazy artsy nail wraps… I LOVE IT!
It’s amazing what can happen when you don’t really have a plan. I’m calling this technique “Random Stamping” for lack of a better name. Suggestions are appreciated.
Here are some more pics:
Hope you like it and Thanks for reading.
ILNP “Champage Blush” (base)
Creative Shop Stamper (purchased through B Squared Lacquer)
MoYou London Stamping Plates: Kaleidoscope 08, Rockstar 01, and Pro XL 06
Konad Stamping Polish: White, Black, Silver, Yellow, Pink, Red and Blue (purchased on Amazon)
Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat