I know it feels like forever since you’ve seen one of these posts right? To be honest I am not sure if I should continue doing them. And if I do, if I should keep it at once a week or make it once a month or every two weeks. Let me know if you have any thoughts about it.
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.
Today I am going with four random polishes.
China Glaze – Something sweet
Something sweet is a very light pastel pink. It has a really great formula and opacity and it made me wonder how it would stamp. So here are the results. It’s a little too light to really show up on the white but it does show up. It doesn’t fare too badly on the black. It stamps ok and even though I wouldn’t reach for it every time, it is definitely one I would consider should I need such a light pink.
Essence – Absolutely blue
I can’t decide if this one fared better or worse than I expected. It’s one of my favourite light blue polishes. It does show up on the black and the white to some degree and it does stamp ok. It looks a little iffy on my index but I am prepared to put that down as user error. Another one I am not sure if I will use often but it’s definitely on the possible list.
Tip Top – Crushed grapes
Let me start by saying the smudging is totally me. My topcoat was almost empty and I didn’t have enough on the brush when I tried to topcoat so I turned it into a mess. Crushed grapes is obviously a dark colour so I didn’t really expect much from it on the black. You can see it but barely. It shows up beautifully on the white though and gosh how well does it stamp. One for the definitely pile for sure! Also, I have no idea how or where those bubbles on my pinky came from. So bizarre.
Tip Top – Love from above
Another light blue that I love. It has very similar results to Absolutely blue above. It does show up on the black and kinda on the white. It stamps ok but not one I would reach for all the time.
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,
Crushed grapes is the only one that stands out for me
Personally I love these posts. They are what made me follow your blog in the first place and I actually check them if I want to stamp a certain color and I want to know if it is worth the try or if it’s doomed from the start.
Of course you still have to enjoy making them… I’m not leaving either way 😉
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Ah Joyce, thank you so much. I am so glad that these posts are useful to someone and especially if they are an easy reference for someone too. I will definitely be carrying on making them as long as even one person finds it useful! xx