One of my New Years nails resolutions was to improve my stamping game. What I have learned about stamping is that having the right tools, plates and polishes really makes all the difference. As you may recall from a previous post I originally started stamping using a small round Konad stamper. As my nails grew this stamper became troublesome for a number of reasons. Mainly because the hard stamping surface had no "give" to shape to my longer, more rounded nail bed.
Recently I heard buzz about a new, unique stamper by Creative Shop based all the way in the Ukraine. So what makes this stamper so unique? Besides having a very large stamping surface (the largest I have seen), its made of a squishy silicone vs the hard rubber of the Konad stamper or the marshmallow texture of many other stampers. The stamping head is also translucent so you can see the image on the stamper even if using white polish.
A Look at a Few Stampers
|(L) Konad stamper (R) Uber Chic Beauty stamper|
|(L) Winstonia stamper (R) Creative Shop Stamper (photo courtesy Amanda Loves Polish)|
Some other thoughts: I would not recommend using Acetone/Nailpolish remover to clean the surface of this stamper between use. With any of my stampers I think its easiest to use a lint-roller to remove any excess polish left on the stamper.
I also found that this stamper picks up the image best when it is rolled over the stamping plate rather than pressed down onto the stamping plate - though you can easily press the image (once on the stamper) directly onto the nail, which really helps with placement.
The set also comes with a scraping card which is ideal for scraping polish over your preferred plate design. I personally can never have enough scrapers! Because of the political unrest in the Ukraine you can only buy this unique stamper from an international stockist here in the US. I bought mine from Beautometry via preorder for $9.50. Refill squishy heads can also be purchased. I saw today that Llarowe has also now opened preorders for this stamper with a shipment expected later in May.
Overall I really love this stamper and I"m happy its part of my new stamping "arsenal". I have been in the middle of a move the last few weeks and haven't had access to stamp. ITS KILLING ME!! Want your own Creative Shop stamper? Check a few of the stockists below for ordering information, prices and shipping times.
International – Twee & Honey, DRK Nails
USA – Beautometry, Llarowe
UK – Rainbow Connection
Have you tried the Creative Shop stamper? What stamper is your favorite? Have a tip for priming stampers or stamping tips in general? Tell me below, I'd love to hear from you!
*This stamper was purchased by me.