I have something fun to show you today- a nail art stamping plate from Cheeky Beauty! These can be bought directly from Cheeky Beauty for around $11, which is a very good deal for such a large plate.
The plates are mounted on a plastic backing which extends on all sides. It does make the plates a bit thicker for storage, but prevents those nasty sharp edges. I have some Fauxnad plates with edges literally sharp enough to cut skin. Ouch! So that plastic backing is definitely a nice touch.
The plates have a thin blue protective coating on them which must be peeled off before the plate can be used. It comes off easily from the corners.
The images on the plate are engraved well and produce clear images. I always use genuine Konad scrapers, stampers and polish. I haven’t had good luck with off-brand stamping polishes. Regular metallic polish can be used for stamping, but you will need to be very fast as it dries much quicker than regular stamping polishes.
Sorry for the lousy photos, these plates are like mirrors and I’m trying to avoid distracting reflections!
So here’s some images from the Cheeky “Princess Charming” plate stamped with Konad black polish. There are individual small images about 1/4 inch wide to 1/2 inch that should fit on most nails with room to spare, and then there are quite a few full-nail patterns. My personal favorite is the helicopter and the fat cat laying on his back (though I am not quite sure what they have to do with the princess theme! Still very cute anyway.)
Here’s a bit more of a close-up look:
The smaller images stamp particularly well, though you will have to work quickly. The lines are very fine on some of the images, so the polish dries very fast and the design may not transfer properly. This is an issue with any stamping system, not just Cheeky.
The full nail patterns are pretty good but some of the larger, bolder lines were not always totally crisp. All in all, though, I’d say these plates are great value and I’d definitely recommend them, though I’d say to use Konad polish and stampers. I don’t think Cheeky makes stamping polishes, actually. All in all, a very good buy!
I’m sorry for the lack of posts lately. I seem to be losing a lot of enthusiasm for blogging. There’s a lot of negativity in the blogosphere due to the high level of anonymity, and unfortunately a lot of people use that as a way to abuse others. I truly cannot understand why, if a person doesn’t like something, why they keep coming back to it again and again and leaving comments. Wouldn’t that time be better spend involved with something you *do* like? If you think nail art is dumb/ugly/tacky/a waste of time, then why stop by blogs devoted to it? It really doesn’t make any sense to me!
I’ve been a lot more active on Facebook since there’s much less trolling there (at least for now, at least!). I post photos of what I’m working on over there regularly. You don’t need a Facebook account to view the page, so feel free to check it out if you’re interested in a daily dose of glitter!