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Friday, 30 September 2016

Multicolor Houndstooth Stamping



Hi everyone! Today I have some multicoloured stamping and a review of the Born Pretty Store clear stamper with cap. I wanted a houndstooth pattern but didn't feel like doing traditional red or white and black. I went to Google image search and found these two houndstooth prints... I took the marbled colors idea from this one and combined it with the colors of this one.

I started with a white base (1 coat of Layla No. 23) and then stamped with a mix of these 4 colors:


Color Club - Je T'aime (light pink)

Color Club - Secret Rendezvous (light purple)
Color Club - Snow Queen (very dark purple)
OPI - Just Lanai-ing Around (darker pink)



I applied dots of each color and then scraped across twice to blend the colors more.



Plate is Born Pretty Store plate BP-L013. Use my code SL10K31 for 10% off!


To help align the houndstooth I used this clear stamper with cap from Born Pretty Store

I like the idea of the cap to keep it clean. The stamper is quite springy but still soft... It keeps its shape but I think you could get away with using it gently if your base isn't fully dry yet. It also comes with a clear scraper.





I personally didn't like the clear scraper. I found it too flimsy. But then I've only ever used the metal konad stamper. I just never got used to using plastic ones.



This was my third time using the clear stamper and I managed to get it to pick up somewhat. I haven't been able to get it to work again since however :( I have tried using it for about 10 different plate / polish combinations so far.

The first mani I tried this with was a small polka dot pattern with white stamping polish. I managed to pick up the image but there would be holes in the middle of some of the polka dots. I tried using Konad black stamping polish with this and couldn't pick up at all. I also wasn't able to pick up any metallic polish. 

I watched this video from Fireangel120 on YouTube and she suggests rolling the stamper across the image without pressing down. I tried this and it helped a lot with this mani but I haven't had the same success since. 

I found that using more polish helped... I usually only paint one line of polish and then scrape it across the image... I used a lot more polish for this mani because of the multicolored dots of polish. 

I also found that the clear stamper generally worked better for images with wider lines but again it still didn't work all the time or I would get bald areas in the middle of the image.

Aneta of NotCopyACat said washing the stamper head with soap helped for one mani, but the stamper wouldn't work when using a different image and the same stamping polish and soap. For me the soap helped a bit - but I was only able to pick up about 3/4 of the image which wasn't enough to cover one of my nails.

Although I did manage to pick up the image for this mani it was still a bit of a struggle. I found that the image picked up nicely on the side of the stamper that touched the plate first, but the middle area and the side that touched the plate last would show up with some bald areas or not at all. That is why the image is rotated on all the nails - what I managed to pick up was barely enough to cover each nail so I just made it fit as best as I could since it was getting late. 

So I'm not sure if I should give this stamper a rating yet. I am able to pick up well sometimes so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt for now... I may just need to press lighter or change something else with my technique. I'll update this post if/when I figure out how to get this to work consistently! 

Anyone have any tips?

And here's my thumb... just because I really like the way the marble came out here!


18 comments:

  1. Awesome...I love all the shades together ...looks lovely. I havent forgotten about our maniswap...let me know when you will be interested in doing it :)

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    1. Thanks Sony! Hmm maybe sometime in October or November?

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  2. I like the colour combo of the houndstooth here a lot! Like an interesting winter coat.

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  3. Ohhh, the colour combination looks great, I love how they look together ♥
    I tried some CJS too but I don't really get them to work properly, I'm still using my regular Creative Shop Stamper.

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    1. Yeah I was disappointed but I'm not sure if it's just my technique since it does work sometimes... I'm still using my old red Konad stamper most of the time!

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  4. Ohh this is so beautiful! I really love the colours together, makes me think of autumn leaves changing colours!

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    1. Thanks ithfifi! I actually did this back in the summer but it does kind of look like autumn leaves haha

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  5. I love this gradient/multi color stamping. Its beautiful.
    I have use CJS from BPS and they worked fine for me at first I didn't had problem for few manicure but after several uses the stamper stop picking up. I used the soap method and it didn't work. Then I cleaned the stamper head with free acetone polish remover and it started working again :)

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    1. Thanks! Hmm I haven't tried polish remover on my clear stamper... I'll give that a try and see if it helps!

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  6. I never had problems with any of my clear stampers and I really don't know what to advise you. As about the nail art, I like the color combination a lot and the tutorial you made!

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    1. Hmm I'll try priming it some more... Otherwise maybe I'll try another one. Thanks! :)

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  7. came out a little short on your nails but wow this is just amaaaazing

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