This post was supposed to be for last week but I was having so much fun catching up with my family I completely forgot to post it. So I will post it this week and the next one next week 😉
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.
To see all the Tuesday Stamping posts you can use the Tuesday Stamping tag in the tag cloud or you can go to the Swatches tab in the top menu and look under Stamping swatches. These are sorted by brand, then name alphabetically.
Today I have 4 polishes from the blue family to show you and I am not sure if it will be good news. Let’s have a look
China Glaze – UV meant to be
I was quite impressed with this one. It shows up well on the white and doesn’t fair too badly on the black either. It also stamps beautifully with crisp clean lines and no smudging. Not bad.
Essence – Itsy bitsy blue bikini
This is such a light blue that it is almost invisible on the white but it does show up fairly well on the black, even though it’s not very blue. It stamps ok but tends to be a bit smudgy on some images like on my index finger.
Essie – I’m addicted
This one looks ok on the white but barely shows up on the black. Not surprisingly as this is quite a sheer polish to begin with. It stamps ok, but it didn’t impress me.
Sally Hansen – Blinding blue
This one faired very much like I’m addicted above. It shows up ok on the white but not so much on the black. It also stamps ok but didn’t impress me. I think it does better on the black than I’m addicted but that’s about it.
None of them are mind blowing but I think China Glaze – UV meant to be faired better than the rest. Itsy bitsy blue bikini is decent on the black if you don’t hope for much of blue. What do you think? Which is your favourite? 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,