Here’s a review about another great item from Born Pretty Store. This covers their small but sweet square Cake BPX-23 stamping plate which features different little cakes, teacups, and other goodies.
The plate comes sealed inside a printed cardboard sleeve. A layer of blue cling film protects the metal surface from scratches, but it must be removed before you can use the plate.
Instructions for use are printed on the reverse side of the sleeve. The sticker that you see at the top lists the item number from the Born Pretty website and serves to seal the open edge of the slipcover.
A word of caution while using the square series of plates from Born Pretty: Be careful while handling the edges of the plate because they can still be sharp enough to cut you should you grip the sides too firmly. This is definitely a concern when removing the blue film. My advice is to keep the plate on a flat surface while peeling off the film to protect your fingers.
On the plus side, the etching on the plate is nice and deep so you should have no problem picking up images with your stamper.
Because of the large number of small designs on the plate, you can choose to use them one at a time on your nails or fashion your own custom full size image. I decided to make little doughnut decals from the 2nd image from the right side in the 3rd row.
After allowing the decals to dry completely on the mat, I applied them to my nails to make this happy looking manicure in honor of National Doughnut Day.
The full sized images on the bottom row also make for some pretty designs. They are already large enough to cover most nails and are perfect for reverse stamping.
I used the image in the bottom right hand corner for a sweet treats manicure. I was able to fill in the image on my stamper so I could stamp it directly onto my nail afterward.
My disclaimer is that any details that did not show up in the stamping above is due to my own user error. In order to speed up the painting process, I chose not to clean the plate with acetone between each transfer, so some of the images are missing dots or don’t have lines that are quite as clean as others. I guarantee that if you make sure that your plate is clean between each transfer, you will be able to see every detail exactly as it is shown on the plate. The fact that I was able to use the plate multiple times without having to clean off the image each time is a testament to how good the etching is.
Overall, this plate is very easy to use, and there are plenty of different looking manicures that you can create with the images on it. If you have a sweet tooth, BPX-23 should definitely be part of your collection!
Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)
If you are interested in purchasing this stamping plate (retail price is $3.99 USD), the link for the item is shown below. Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off the regular priced items your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping. Happy polishing!