I know, I’m lame at coming up with blog entry names.
I’ve always wanted to try the Konad plates or a similar product for not as much money. I’d try to order the stamper from Amazon but the shipping to Canada was $30 while the actual stamper and scraper was around $4. Totally wasn’t going to do that. So when I saw that the Salon Express was available in Canada (but apparently not at Sally Beauty despite being on the site and the woman at the store suggesting I check the website — it doesn’t ship to Canada), I wanted to find someplace I could buy it.
After searching online for places it could be, I realized it had a “As Seen On TV” logo on it. I immediately went out to the mall, walked in the store, and picked it up without hesitation. I really only wanted the stamper and scraper and the fact that it had 5 plates was just bonus.
I came home and had to give it a shot. I admit, it took me a few tries to actually get the technique down but it seems to be a little easier for me now that I’ve done it a few times. I’ve watched nail stamping videos for a while now . . . a long while actually, without being able to try it. It seems so easy when they do it that I was sure that I was doing it wrong. I tried it again today and had absolutely no problems.
Unfortunately when I did these nails a few days ago I wasn’t completely successful but I was so proud of how they turned out that I decided to keep them.
Items I used:
- Finger Paints Base Coat
- Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in The Real Teal
- Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in Posh Plum
- Orly in Prisma Gloss Gold
- Wet N Wild in Black Crème
- Salon Express Plate SE-22
- Finger Paints Top Coat
- Makeup Sponge
Again, I love how the colour and design turned out and while it was meant to be a test/practice for my stamping. I did find that the designs for the whole nail weren’t big enough for all of my nails. After receiving my Bundle Monster plates today that I ordered last week, I realized that there is a big difference in the sizes for the whole nail designs.
I’ll post an entry talking about both once I’ve had a chance to try the Bundle Monster plates. I’m busy thinking of what design I’m going to do and what colours I want to use.
I’ve got so many things I want to try on my nails: regular polishes, magnetic polishes, stamping plates, different techniques. I just can’t seem to get it all done. I feel bad keeping the polish on for a day or two and usually try to keep the designs for a week or so. Maybe I’ll start doing them twice a week. We’ll definitely have to see.
Well that’s all for now! Let me know what you think of them and if you have any suggestions for stamping techniques.
Oh before I forget, one of my favourite papercrafting ladies who is also a polishaholic wrote an entry about non-konad polishes that work for nail stamping. Make sure you check it out! She’s also got some other very cool entries. I just love her.
Okay, that’s really it for now. I hope to have a tutorial up if not tonight then definitely tomorrow morning. Working on editing it now. Take care and I will be talking to you all very soon.