Welcome to July! This means that the first half of the year is officially over and now it is downhill to holidays and family and friends and good times. I am getting ahead of myself aren’t I? 😉 Let me show you this weeks picks for Tuesday Stamping. Remember, next week will be the second instalment of My 5 favourites for the next 15 weeks of Tuesday Stamping.
If you have read any of these before I suggest you skip everything and just go straight to the photo’s. If you’re new to 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 it, scroll over the first bit of 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.
China Glaze – Adore
This is another one I knew stamped well. It was one of the reasons I bought it at the time. It shows up perfectly on the black and the white and stamps with crisp clean lines. Unless you smudge it like I did on my index. My only ‘complaint’ about Adore and stamping is that it seems to appear a different colour. In the bottle, Adore is very obviously blue. Once I stamped with it it appeared more green. This was much more apparent when I stamped on blue (something I will show you at a later stage). It is minor really but worth a mention.
Color Club – Harp on it
Isn’t it gorgeous? Harp on it was a slight surprise to me. I suspected that the holos from this collection would stamp fairly well but I had least hope for Harp on it. It was more sheer than the others. I needn’t have worried. I am going to start on the white. It doesn’t appear to show up well on the white but in real life it was much more visible than on the photo. The holo is evident and that might create the illusion of being more visible. On the black it shows up really well. The holo is also much stronger over the black than the white. Harp on it also stamped with crisp, clean lines. All in all, a definitely win for me. I also used this on blue here
Tip Top – Liquid envy
When I swatched this collection here, I knew that I would have to try them really soon for stamping. I was so happy to see many comments on that post confirming it. I chose 2 today (these specific 2 at the request of acidicice) In the post I mentioned that Liquid envy was the least opaque of all and I wasn’t sure how that would translate to stamping. Starting with the white, you can see it shows up well. The lines are clean and crisp with just a tiny bit of patching at the edges. I am willing to say this is user error. On the black though, I don’t think it shows up so well. I don’t think the green shows up very well, even though the stamping is visible. This is definitely one I would use again, but I think it would have to be on a lighter base.
Tip Top – Volcanic eruption
If you look at the stamping on the black here you can see what I mean compared to Liquid envy. On the black, I can still see the colour of the polish, so it shows up really well. It also shows up really well on the white. The lines are crisp and clean. I can see a little bit of patching on my ring finger near the tip. I was trying out a different stamping method and this might be the reason. Considering the rest looks really well I think it is user error. This one is definitely a favourite.
What do you think of these? 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 would love to hear from you. Or if you want to choose the next 4 polishes let me know.
Thanks for reading,