It’s time for part 2 of the Tuesday Stamping posts. If you’re new the blog or haven’t seen these yet then I suggest you go take a look at Tuesday Stamping #1. I explain most of it there but will I also give a brief run down in this post. So if you’ve read scroll over the first bit off text 😉
Basically, this is how I am going to do it. I am going to be stamping over black and white. White will be the lightest colour you ever wear and black the darkest. What better way to see how a polish works over dark and light colours. Now, obviously, not many will actually want to stamp OVER black but it will be a good way to find out if a polish will show up over dark colours. If it shows up on black you can be pretty certain it will show up over everything. That does mean that if it is noticeable but not very, it will probably work much better over say a purple or a blue. I will try to address this with each polish I show you as well.
I will also be using the same plate for all the stamping to make sure there will be continuity. I chose a stamp that had some images with thin lines, with bigger spaces, with some detail etc. That way you can see if a polish will stamp crisp lines when they are thin or if it will smudge when the image has bigger spaces. I decided to go with Pueen11. I will be using the 4 full nail images on this plate.
I will show you 4 of my ordinary polishes with every post. If you want to see more or less per post please let me know. I will use 4 random polishes each time until I have worked through all the polishes I have (excluding glitters of course) and I will show you everything, whether it stamped well or not. I will also be showing you my first attempts at all of them. Sometimes it happens that you move the stamper a little bit when you stamp onto the nail. Or you waited just a second too long and the whole image doesn’t transfer. Or you press too hard and get the shadow stamping. Usually if this happens I would remove it and stamp again. It also happens that a polish looks so promising and after you’ve stamped you think, ah this could look better if I tried it once or twice more. I will not be doing any of that. What I stamp first try is what you get. I just feel that you can get a better result if you keep trying but the mark of a good stamping polish is how well it works straight off the bat.
Ok that is basically it. If you want to know ALL the details or how you can get involved in these posts then I really suggest you go back to the first Tuesday Stamping post. The 4 polishes for today was chosen by acidicice and to be honest, I wasn’t very hopeful of some of these. Needless to say they all surprised me in one way or another.
Sinful Colors – Ruby Ruby
This one was a surprise for me because I really though it would stamp quite well. Over the white you can see the colour shows up really well but it was a bit smudgy. I think the problem here was that Ruby Ruby was quite wet and when rolling to stamp it really just caused a smudge. I suspect if I waited just a few seconds longer before stamping, it would’ve turned out much better. It wasn’t as apparent on my ring finger so I didn’t think to do it with my middle finger until it was too late. On the black however, it didn’t show up well at all. You can sort of see it, but I am not sure if that is just because I know it is there. So here is my question: I did say I was going to show you my first attempt at stamping. Do you want me to try this one again? Knowing what I know now? If you want me to try again to see if I can get a better result let me know and I will add it onto next weeks post.
My Findings: I really though this would be a great stamping polish. I think I can make this work (let me know if you want me to give it a another go) but it also doesn’t show up on the black. If this works on the second attempt it will be a great red for stamping over lighter colours.
Essence – Romeo (from the twins reloaded set)
This little purple pleasure also surprised me. I knew it wash;t a sheer polish but I had no idea it would show up so well with stamping. You can see on my ring finger that the thinner lines are quite clear and crisp but on my middle finger it looks a little smudgy. I am not sure if it is best suited to the thinner lines or if something just went wrong with the application. On my pinky you can see a very light stamp. It doesn’t show up perfectly over the black but it is a bit better than Ruby Ruby. Those lines are also quite crisp. My index finger is the same as the pinky. It’s visible but not very. I think if you took a colour not quite as dark as black it could show up really well. Definitely one to give a try if you have it.
My Findings: Romeo definitely stamps well. It doesn’t show up too well on the black but I do think it can work over some darker colours. I will definitely put this on my ‘suitable for stamping’ list.
Essence – That’s What I Mint
This one surprised me because it looks almost better on the black than on the white. For some reason the white polish in this photo looks almost like it’s glowing and that makes the stamping seem less apparent. It is quite visible and stamps quite well on the white. The lines are nice and crisp and it transfers well. On the black you can see that That’s What I Mint shows up quite well. On my pinky it looks a bit uneven in the bigger spaces but I think if you used a thinner line it would stamp perfectly – as you can see on my index. It’s also very apparent on the photo because of how close up it is. It is definitely workable for stamping and another one I would definitely recommend you try.
My Findings: It is definitely workable for stamping and another one I would definitely recommend you try.
Essence – Wanna Be Your Sunshine
Here the white polish also seems to be glowing but you can see the yellow stamping quite well. Yes I said yellow! This one was a complete mind blow for me. I did not expect Wanna Be Your Sunshine to stamp, let alone show up on either the white or the black. Instead it kinda made me squeal with happiness that a yellow can stamp well. To be honest I think this even stamps better than the yellow stamping polish I have from BornPrettyStore. Ok So even though you can’t see the white very clearly it does stamp very well. The lines are nice and crisp and the full image transfers. On my pinky it might look little patchy but the topcoat I used here bubbles like a party train so it made it look a little patchy. All in all, this was the biggest surprise for me and stamps very well. I am excited to try the other yellows now.
My Findings: This is a great polish for stamping and shows up well on all colours. I almost can’t believe I am saying that about a yellow.
So these are the four polishes for today. What do you think of them? Do you want to see any of them stamped over a specific colour? Do you have an idea for a stamped design you would like me to do? Do you have any suggestions for changes or additions you would prefer on these posts? I hope you enjoy these stamping posts. I am having so much fun doing them.
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Thanks for reading!