I already had on OPI's I Vant to Be A-Lone Star, see the post here, as a base and went to work with China Glaze Frost Bite and Spoiled Correction Tape for the stamps. I used the SE20 plate that came with the kit. I tried to use this image back in the summer for fireworks for Fourth of July, but it was a total failure. Here some of the tips I came up with and that I picked up from the lovely ladies that are better at stamping that I am:
- Rough up the rubber part of the stamper with a file to pick up the image. I used my glass file and lightly filed the end of the stamper. I saw much better results picking up the image after doing this.
- Use an old credit card or gift card instead of the metal scraper that comes with the kit to scrape away excess polish. I had an old gift card and it gave me much better control since the card is flexible and pushed the polish into the image grooves better. You can get a better angle with a plastic card too. The metal scraper scratches the stamping plates.
- Wipe everything down with acetone or remover after each stamp. Use a qtip if needed to get into the lines of intricate images. I like the pointy ones. Make sure the plate is dry before applying polish again or the polish will run.
- Roll the stamper over the image plate to pick up the image and then roll over your nail to transfer the image. I tried to pick up the image using an up and down motion on the plate and that just doesn't work.
What do you think of stamping? Now that I've go the hang of it I think I want to buy some more plates.