Review of Born Pretty Cake BPX-23 Stamping Plate

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.

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The Cake BPX-23 plate from Born Pretty Store is one sweet square!

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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I applied clear top coat to a silicone mat and stamped the doughnut image multiple times onto each dried swatch of top coat and colored in the details with different shades of polish.

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.

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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.

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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!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/born-pretty-square-nail-stamp-template-66cm-cake-afternoon-design-image-plate-p-39695.html

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Wedding Cake Inspired Manicure

I’ve surprisingly been able to keep up with the February @glamnailschallenge prompts so far.  Feb. 8’s theme was Wedding Cake, so I channeled my inner Duff Goldman from Ace of Cakes to come up with a wedding cake design to put on my nails.

I started by painting all my nails white.  I chose Bunny from Julep because it has subtle gold microglitter in it that would match the gold stamping and accents that I planned to add later.

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Bunny by Julep.

For the icing scrollwork, I chose to stamp on a pretty filigree from plate BPL-027 from Born Pretty Store.

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I chose the pattern from the upper left hand corner for this manicure.

I used Charge It! from Sephora by OPI to do the stamping.  I tried to align the point of the design with the center of my nail, and I also left a little bit of space between the point and the cuticle so that it would more closely resemble a cake layer.

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Subtle gold stamping finished off with a matte top coat from Sephora by OPI to give it the look of fondant.

Because I wasn’t so sure about the next part of the design, I added pearl rhinestones from Born Pretty Store so I could get a “finished” shot before I proceeded just in case I didn’t like how it turned out.

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Tiny flatback pearl rhinestones were applied to the center of each nail in the same part of the design with Kiss Nail Art Glue and some tweezers. I am holding the color Charge It! from Sephora by OPI, which was used for the stamping.

The next part consisted of adding a band of gold fondant to the top of my cake layer, otherwise known in the nail art world as French tips.  I used the brush from the bottle of Charge It! to paint a stripe of polish across the top of each nail and then added gold striping tape underneath it to neaten up the line.  I applied some more matte top coat, and declared this manicure finished.

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I’m amazed by how much matte top coat makes this look like a layer of fondant.

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Requisite bottle shot.

It’s funny how I kept wondering what I was going to do for this theme, and I managed to put this look together in the end.  I feel like doing nail art is like choosing an outfit for a special occasion- you just have to look through everything you have and figure out what goes together the best.

Happy polishing!