Some items used in this post have been provided for review.
Today I am reviewing the Double Sided Stamper from the Born Pretty Store for you. I’d been wanting a new stamper for a while, so I was excited to try this one out. Here’s how the stamper looks when you receive it:Excuse the dust on the stamper head – that was from my handbag, it did look clean when it arrived. It is a stamper holder with a large, squishy white side, and a small firm red side, and also comes with two scrapers. The stamper is not as squishy as my Ninja Polish stamper which would be more of a ‘marshmallow’ squishy, and is also not as sticky. It is still squishy though and I am hoping the material will prove to be more durable since my Ninja Polish stamper is slowly disintegrating on the back side. Only time will tell on that one. Let’s take a look at what I created with it and then I’ll tell you about my experience:I was so happy with how this came out! I started off with a base of Tip Top Hap-Pea and decided I wanted to stamp using Born Pretty Store plate QA88 (which was provided for a previous review) and Tip Top Rich Brick (which was a gift from the lovely Siobhan of For the Love of Nail Art).
Since this was the first time I would be using the stamper, I knew it might be necessary to prime it. This is often the case with squishy stampers. I could see that the stamper head had a very shiny finish, a sure sign that it needed to be primed. The shine simply needs to be gently buffed away to prepare the stamper to be able to pick up images. I used a fine nail file to gently buff away the shine and used some tape to remove any residue. Unfortunately, as I tried to start stamping, the stamper barely picked up the image! I thought I may not have primed enough so I buffed a little more, but when I tried again it still barely picked it up. I wasn’t ready to give up as I had only heard good things about this stamper in the past. Luckily, I remembered reading in a stamping group that it sometimes helps to wash a new stamper with soap and water. I decided to try that and thoroughly washed the stamper with ordinary dish soap. Like magic, it could pick up the images perfectly! I stamped random parts from plate QA88 on each nail using Rich Brick. After a few stamps, I started struggling again so I gave the stamper another wash and it worked fine again. It’s not much extra effort and I’m hoping it’s properly primed now and will work well from now on. Once Rich Brick was stamped, I realised it’d look great with the addition of some white so I double stamped with a white stampy polish and random parts from the same plate. I used an older scraper I had just because I am used to it, but it is similar to the scrapers that came with this stamper. This was my first successful double-stamped look! Overall, I am really happy with the stamper so far. I don’t mind that it needed to be primed because that’s once-off for a lot of great stamping! If you’d like to try it, you can purchase the stamper here and don’t forget to use the code KGG10 for 10% off on your purchase!