With Canada Day around the corner, I started wearing Canada Day mani's this weekend. I've also been sharing throwback mani's on IG all weekend; I'm amazed that I have done some variety with the limited Canada Day images for stamping. With the lack of Canada Day images available in mind, I had a custom plate made through Fig Tree Stamps (go to bottom of post for pix); here's the first mani I came up with!
Started with a base of two coats each of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Duri Taming of the Shrew, topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.
I had some difficulty in stamping with the custom plate; I couldn't get that good results with my usual squishy stamper other than this image. I initially thought this was all I was going to be able to share!
But after more trying, eventually did this. Used Konad red and Funky Fingers Gesso, using image from Canadian Nail Fanatic 001 with Fig Tree Stamps. Girly Bits Canadian, eh? is on accent.
Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.
This is the final proof of the plate.
And the final product!** I'm sorry, I was so excited when I got the plate that I went right away to swatching and forgot to take better pix to share. The image plate is about the size of the large Apipila plates (not the XXL size); I was so happy with the number of images that were able to fit on the plate! I have to say it is so cool being able to pick images and have them made onto a plate! I have commented often that there is a lack of Canada Day and Remembrance Day images and was so happy to have the plate made with some! And the great thing too is the size of the images can be customized to fit your nails! There's lots of times that there might be a word or an image and it doesn't fit on my nails; well, not now as you can pick the size of the images!
This was me sampling more with the plate. I found that a firmer stamper with thicker polish such as Mundo de Unas worked the best. I used the purple Messy Mansion rectangle stamper here; it doesn't facilitate stamping with darker polish though so I need to get a firmer lighter stamper. The partial images shows were because the stamper picked up two images; not that there were mis-stampings. Overall, once I figured out the stamper and polish to use, the plate worked well! I myself prefer a squishy stamper so would prefer slightly deeper etchings, I think, but happy that I do have a stamper that works anyway!
I have plans for another plate in the near future; I have suggested images or themes to plate makers with specific images or themes but they have not materialized (I guess what I like isn't popular lol!), so will be having another one made for sure! I'm so glad there is this option available! Fig Tree Stamps has a shop on Etsy; they are based in UK but shipping was around 4-5 days to Canada.
Thanks for looking!
**purchased by me