Review of Ya Qin An Qgirl-046 Stamping Plate

The product of the day is this awesome stamping plate from Ya Qin An.  I’ve grown to love and trust products from Ya Qin An, although I wasn’t a fan of the quality of one of their first Qgirl series plates.  Qgirl-046 is a completely different plate, and it does not disappoint!

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Square packaging for a circular plate. The upper left hand corner has a hole punched in it in case you want to attach this to a key ring or binder.

First of all, the packaging has been significantly upgraded.  It is clearly marked as a Ya Qin An product, and the plate is mounted on a piece of cardboard which fits into a cardboard sleeve for extra protection during shipping.

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Notice that there is blue film covering the surface of the plate to protect it from scratches during shipment. You must remove this layer before using it.

The back of the package illustrates how to use the plate.  Everything is written in Chinese, but you probably will know what to do with the plate without even having to look at this.

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To prevent the plate from slipping out from the sleeve, they also secured it with a label that wraps from front to back with a warning that the edges of the plate are sharp and to use caution.  I don’t find the plate to be any sharper than my other circular plates, but it is always good to be careful when handling it just in case.  There is paper on the back of the plate to help cut down on mishaps, and it also helps to keep the plate from slipping too much during use.

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The back of Qgirl-046 is still the same as the other plates from Qgirl.

Fans of geometric patterns will love this plate.  It is covered in lines, checkerboard print, and a few different sized flowers just waiting for some reverse stamping.

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Qgirl-046 plate in detail.

The etching is done much deeper than it was in the past, so you won’t have a problem picking up any of the patterns.

The size of the plate is the same as other circular plates by Konad, Bundle Monster, and Born Pretty Store, so it will fit in any holders you may already have.

What I love the most about this plate are the large sections running along the top and right side.  Not only can the stripes be multi-functional in the sense that you can stamp plain lines horizontally or vertically across your nails, but these areas will accommodate most nail sizes provided that your stamper is big enough.

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Fun with line placement.

As mentioned before, the flowers are great for doing some reverse stamping.  Simply stamp your image and fill in the petals with the color of your choice before stamping the image onto your nail.

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I wanted my flowers to be sparkly, so I colored them in with a glitter top coat and a purple shade prior to stamping.

The results are quite beautiful.

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To see a photo tutorial for these nails, please see my post on this coral and white striped mani.

The checkerboard print was great inspiration for a set of chess themed nails.

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The chess pieces are hand painted, but the checkerboard print comes from Qgirl-046.

I do have to warn you that using squishy stamper heads makes getting a precise pattern hard because of the distortion that can happen when you push down too hard, either when transferring the image from the plate or to your nails.  Try to use the same amount of pressure over each nail, or use a firmer stamper, and you won’t have a problem.

Also when stamping lines, be sure to roll your stamper across your nails consistently from one side of your nail to the other side or else your lines will not transfer correctly.

I encourage you to experiment with this plate because I’ll definitely be coming back to use it more in the future!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this stamping plate (retail price is $2.99 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/nail-stamping-template-image-plate-grid-flower-pattern-qgirl-p-23787.html

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Chessmen Nails

Ever since I painted this design, people have been asking me if I play chess.  The short answer is no, although I vaguely remember the basic rules from when I was taught them a long time ago.  The last time I did any sort of chess game was online with a friend in the late 90s.  My claim to fame was beating my brother, who is nine years older than me, shortly after he taught me how to play the game at the age of 7.  I know he didn’t let me win because he wasn’t too happy about that one!

The inspiration for my chess themed nails comes from the checkerboard pattern on plate Qgirl-046 from Ya Qin An.

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I used the checkerboard print at the top of the plate for this manicure.

In retrospect, I would have painted the checkerboard by hand to get the lines more exact and consistent, but I didn’t have a lot of time to paint that night.  More about that in a bit.

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I started out by painting my nails with Silver Holo from UO Nail Lacquer. Honestly, who doesn’t like a good holographic polish?

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I used Konad Special Nail Polish in Flash Black to do the stamping. Of course, I bumped my nail against something and was too lazy to fix it, so I left the damage there. After all, I knew I was going to paint over it anyway.

I want to also point out that it’s super hard to get a checkerboard pattern like this one all even and precise if you use a squishy stamper.  The softer head makes it easy to stamp over curvy nail beds, but it also distorts the pattern as it transfers.  So you can see the difference, I used my Konad stamper on my ring finger, but I didn’t scrape the plate very well so it picked up everything.  It’s funny because I’m so used to other stampers being more forgiving in that sense.

In any case, I know I did a hack job of the stamping, but it’s only the background so…

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I took a small brush and used craft smart acrylic paint in White to paint the basic shapes of the chess pieces. I decided on painting two pawns, a king, a queen, and a knight, which sounds like the beginning of a bad joke.

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To make the pieces stand out, I outlined each piece with a detail brush and craft smart acrylic paint in Black. I also used the black paint to fill in any weird spots in the checkerboard print.

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I finished by applying Seche Vite Top Coat.

I was going to use Dazzle Dry Top Coat, but it started smudging my stamping with the first stroke, so I quickly changed plans.  Just remember that not every top coat will work with every manicure!

Hope you enjoyed reading about how to hide a bad stamping job.  😉  Happy polishing!

Coral and White Striped Mani

Welcome to the hot days of summer!  One of my favorite warm weather color combos is coral and white, so I wanted to do a fun little manicure with that palette.

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Polishes used from left to right: Sweet Daisy by Nicole by OPI, Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish in #4 and #8, Planks A Lot from OPI, and Meet Me At the Disco by Sephora by OPI.

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I began by painting all my nails with Sweet Daisy.

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Using plate Qgirl-046 from Ya Qin An and white stamping polish, I applied the striped pattern pictured on the right side of the plate to my nails. For the horizontal stripes, I only used the bottom half of the striped pattern and tilted my stamper accordingly.

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I did some reverse stamping using the flowers from Qgirl-046 and some purple polishes. To make it look more sparkly, I applied Meet Me At the Disco to the image first before coloring it in with lavender polish.

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I stamped the flowers directly onto my nails, and after applying Seche Vite top coat, I applied a drop of Kiss Nail Art Glue and added a rhinestone to the center of each flower.

It’s a very simple manicure, but it screams summertime!  If you don’t have the plate, you can opt to handpaint the lines with a striping brush or use some striping tape.  I’m sure the results will look just as fabulous.

Happy polishing!