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Practice Makes Perfect
on December 31, 2011
I had seen the commercials for this product on TV and was skeptical since it seems that 99% of the 'seen on TV' products do not work. But when I found this kit at Bed Bath and Beyond for $10 I thought, why not.
Let me say that I had never done nail stamping before and had never heard of Konad.
My set came with the 5 plates shown but from reading reviews in various places online, there seems to be a lot of variety.
I have purchased thousands of products over the years that come with protective film on them so I immediately recognized it for what it was and peeled off the blue plastic film on all my plates.
Of course you are excited to play with your new toy and want to try out the coolest design first....and it doesn't come out perfect and you are disappointed.
So here are some tips that I recommend (from personal experience)
*Peel off the film! Metal plates are shiny and silver not dull and blue
*For your first couple times, pick a simple, basic design like heart or a star, nothing with lots of fine lines. You want to get a feel for the technique before you start working with detail.
*Throw away the scraper! It will scratch up your plates and doesn't remove the polish evenly. Use an old gift card instead. It gives a cleaner swipe, is easy to clean up and doesn't damage your plates.
*Use thick polish, usually the ones with glitter or shimmer are thicker (because they need to keep the shiny stuff suspended in the liquid) but I also have some very old polish (we are talking about 10-12 years old) that has thickened a bit so it works great too.
*Usually 1 swipe with the gift card will remove enough of the polish but if you see a lot of polish on the smooth surface of the plate, swipe again in a perpendicular motion. (you will get a feel for how much polish you need to put on the plate after a few times and then will only have to scrape the plate once)
*Press the stamper onto the plate firmly and evenly, pick up and check to see if the design is on there correctly. Look for smudges or parts missing. If it isn't right, wipe it off and start over (better to wipe it off the stamper than off your finger)
*Press the stamper down firmly onto your nail. It will conform to the shape of the nail as it has a bit of give to it. Then roll the stamper across your nail to tranfer the image.
*I have found that if I apply a top coat before I stamp, if I do make a mistake, I can take a q-tip dipped in remover and wipe off the stamp and not have to re-polish my entire nail.
I did not file the surface of my stamper as suggested and it works just fine.
In the first 2 days after buying this kit, I stamped my nails at least 6 times. (my husband said the fumes were going to kill him lol) I was mildly frustrated the first few times until I switched to the less detailed designs, then I could concentrate on just getting a clean transfer and lining it up right on my nail. Once I got the technique down, I moved to the fancier, finer lined images. I still have to redo a nail or 2 each time but it is getting easier. Like anything else it takes practice.
I would have given this kit 5 stars except for the scraper that totally scratched the crap out of my first plate. I then did a search online and found the gift card idea. No more scratches. If they change the kit to include a plastic or silicone scraper then I would change my rating to 5 stars.
I love it! I now change the design on my nails about every other day and ordered the monster bundle 21 plate a few days ago!