I was surfing through Amazon a couple weeks ago and stumbled upon Red Angel stamping plates here. While I loved the designs, their website indicated that they only ship to the US. I emailed them anyway and asked them if they would ship internationally but they emailed me back indicated that they only ship to the US.
The thought that new image plates existed and I couldn't get them was driving me crazy!!! Not to be defeated, I emailed them again, begging them (I think the word I used in my email was grovelling!) to ship internationally being the nail fanatic that I am! I happened to mention that I wanted two sets of image plates, one for moi and the other for a giveaway for my blog. They emailed me back, thanking for my interest in their image plates and that they had set up an international shipping option just for me! (Well, I'm sure it was for me and everyyyyonnnnneeeee else that I knew who would will want to order them!). So international gals, if you are ordering these plates, you have me to thank! They also asked for some pix of my stamping for their Amazon site, so you may see my nails up there...they have my permission! I felt it was the least I could do after they relented and decided to ship to me...and anyone else who is international!
My plates arrived on Monday and since then, I've done a little sampling. Here's a couple manis I came up with.
While I would generally post a few pix of the mani in progress, I think this post is going to be long enough! The base colours used were OPI Bride's Bouquet, WnW Black Creme and OPI Don't Know...Beets Me. Stamped using Konad white and black special polishes using IP RA -13 and RA-109.
I did this mani last night using the Red Angels plates. I call this Dancing Fairies in The Grass! (I wish there were two more fairy images so there'd be one for each finger! Could probably take from other series plates for the next time.)
Base is OPI Sapphires in the Snow, tips are Orly Prisma Gloss Gold and Nubar Golden Glow, using image Plates RA-111, RA-112 and RA-113, stamping polish is CDN Gold Chrome.
The fairy on the pinkie finger isn't too obvious so here's another pix so you can see it does stamp well.
And a couple more images to share regarding the plates. The images are the same size as Bundle Monster as you can see here.
I guess I've been a little spoiled with A series, SdP series, H series, etc but these images don't quite fit length wise on my nails nor width on my thumb (but I kinda posed my thumb so you can't tell!)as you can see here. But they are a smidgen bigger than Konad full size images.
Here's a pix comparing all the plates for size wise.
The plates starting from left are SdP, Bundle Monster, Red Angel, Konad and one from H series.
This image, left to right, shows SdP, Bundle Monster and Red Angel.
So far, I've probably sampled 10 image plates and haven't had an issue with any of the images. Good news too...the plastic is a breeze to peel off! You may recognize some of the images from other image plates but there are plenty of new designs for old die hard stamping addicts like me! After I did some sampling, I emailed them yesterday with a couple suggestions if they were to consider doing any more image plates. One was to make the full size images slightly larger as I did have issue getting them to fit on my nail (and I have small nails both in width and length). The second was to re-evaluate their international shipping rates for anyone who may be wanting to order. They emailed me back promptly, thanking me for the suggestions, adding that they will consider both of these suggestions at an upcoming company meeting.
Red Angel image plates are available via Amazon here. A 21 set of image plates retail for $11.99 USD and if you live in the US, shipping is $3.99. (I seriously cannot believe that 21 plates are available for $16!) If you are international like me, even paying the $15.99 shipping rate, the total is still close to the same price of Bundle Monster image plates when you tally in shipping, or less than the price of 5 (or less) Konad plates. This set is fantastic if you want to see if you want to start stamping as the initial investment isn't that high if you decide that ultimately stamping isn't your thing, or fantastic for someone like me who's always on the lookout for new stamping plates-it's an all around win-win situation for anyone interested in stamping!
I seem to have mentioned that I bought a second set of plates** for a giveaway.....watch my next post for the details!
Thanks for looking!
**Please note that I paid the retail price for both sets of these plates including those being offered in CNF's giveaway. While I did a lot of grovelling to get them, I'm not affiliated with Red Angel in any manner!
Edit: January 18, 2012: I've been contacted and told that that Red Angel plates are no longer shipping internationally. I went online to Amazon and seen that the international shipping option was removed; I also email them and unfortunately, they confirm that they are no longer shipping internationally.
This is terrible news if you happen to live outside of USA...I've also read that since the initial release of the plates, the fairy wings have been removed off the fairies, some of the plate designs have changed and heard about stamping issues with some plates.
I sure hope for all of us stampers that they get their issues sorted out regarding the plates....so we can hopefully one day see some new designs from them (I'm guessing from their FB page that they planned on doing this at least at some point because new plate designs are alluded to) and start shipping internationally again!
I'll update the post if there are any change of events I become aware of!