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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National Doughnut Day Nails

National Doughnut Day was on June 2 this year, and I totally missed it! I love a good doughnut and wanted to show my appreciation, so I came up with these delectable nails to celebrate in my own way.

I cheated by using a stamping plate to make the doughnuts, although in retrospect this would have been a lot faster doing the design by hand! So do be warned, if you try this at home, it will take a few hours to complete all the steps for all 10 nails.

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The Cake BPX-23 from Born Pretty Store has lots of yummy looking images on it.

Because the plate did not have a full size doughnut image, I decided to make my own out of the image in the 3rd row, 2nd from the right. I used the Lotus Mat from Bundle Monster to make the decals, but you can use a plastic sandwich bag or something similar in lieu of a silicone mat instead.

Start by applying thick swatches of top coat to your mat that are big enough to cover each of your nails and allow them to dry completely. I used HK Girl top coat from Glisten & Glow for this step.

Next, take a dark brown polish (Olivia from Julep) and stamp the doughnut image multiple times onto each dried swatch of top coat. Stamp as many or as little times as you like, but try to think of how you want the placement of the design to look on your nail.

Now the fun part: adult coloring time! Pick a color you would like your doughnut base to be (a light brown like Vera from Julep works well) and a color for your frosting on top. Because it was taking forever to make these decals, I stuck with a strawberry pink for all my donuts (Carnival Cotton Candy from Nicole by OPI), but you can come up with whatever flavors you like- vanilla, chocolate, blueberry, grape… you get the picture. Try to stay within the lines, although your patience might get the better of you. Using a dotting tool or a small brush can help fill in all the details.

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Time to make the doughnuts! Decals are just as time consuming to make.

Allow the decals to dry completely, but in the meantime you can apply a base color to your nails. I chose a nice blue for my background that contrasted nicely with the pink frosting on the doughnuts.

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For Audrey from China Glaze channels the iconic blue Tiffany’s box.

Allow your base color to dry before you attempt to apply your decals. Gently peel a decal from the mat, trim it to the approximate size of your nail, apply top coat to the back of the decal to allow it to become pliable again, then place it onto your nail in the position that you would like it to go. Do this to all your nails, trimming away any excess, and finish by cleaning up around your nails with a brush or cotton swab dipped into acetone. Apply an additional layer of top coat to bring back the shine and further seal the decal into place.

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The finished doughnut nails!

These nails channel one of my favorite moments from The Simpsons during a Treehouse of Horror episode where Homer finds himself in an alternate reality. D’oh!

Hope you had the chance to enjoy a nice doughnut to celebrate the holiday! Happy polishing!