Best Stamping Plates and Kits are:
- Biutee Stamping Plates (A budget-friendly brand of stamping plates)
- Twinkled T Stamping Plates
- Maniology Stamping Plates
- Whaline Halloween Stamping Plates
- Born Pretty Christmas Stamping Plates
- Clear Jelly Stamper (High-quality premium stamping plates and kits.)
Tips when Choosing Nail Stamping Plates & Kits
1- Look for Well Etched Plates
Firstly you need to understand that not all stamping plates are created equal.
Some plates are engraved or etched too shallow which means that not enough polish can get between the grooves and instead run off the plates. This makes:
- Picking up the Design is Very Difficult.
- And even if you do eventually get it to stick onto your stamper, the design usually comes out very light. This is because the grooves couldn’t hold enough polish to give you a bright print.
Now on the other end of the spectrum – if a plate is etched too deep this can lead to excess polish left pooled up in the grooves. This makes:
- The stamping plate is harder to clean.
- And causes the design to smudge more easily.
I rarely find plates that are etched too deep this is because it is more time and energy-consuming to do, instead the biggest issue with stamping plates is that they tend to be etched too shallow.
The best stamping plates are etched not too shallow and yet not too deep, making them easy to use and very consistent.
2- Know the Size of your Nails
Another important tip is to check to ensure that the size of the designs on the plates can fit with the size of your nails.
This is more important to know for plates that feature single designs such as a single flower or a single heart. That can sometimes be too small or too big for your nails.
With some plates, this is less of an issue since they have large full coverage designs that can go on any size of nail since they are meant to cover the entire nail.
Video with Tips on How to Do Nail Stamping for Beginners
1- Biutee Stamping Plates
Biutee is a good budget-friendly brand of nail stamping plates.
They are very affordable and have a wide array of designs and themes to choose from which has made them very popular.
Their stamping plates are usually etched double-sided meaning that they have designs on both sides of the plates which allows for a lot more designs per plate.
Biutee stamping plates are reasonably well-etched but not as good as premium brands of stamping plates. So I would advise that you use a stamping polish when working with them for the best results.
Where to Get Biutee Stamping Plates
The Biutee stamping kit comes with a clear stamper, a scraper, and 3 double-sided stamping plates, you can click here to see the current price.
2- Maniology Stamping Plates
They have some really good stamping plates, you can click to see a Maniology stamping kit on Amazon.
3- Twinkled T Stamping Plates
Twinkled T is a small independent nail art company based in California, they are operated by two sisters who are really dedicated to making good products.
Their stamping plates are well-etched and easy to use. But they seriously need more variety of designs.
Twinkled T has some of the best stamping polishes on the market, I have an entire article on them, you can click here to read it.
4- Whaline Halloween Stamping Plates
Whaline has a great Halloween stamping kit with four different plates. And they have the most variety of usable designs to choose from when compared to other plates.
Plus Whaline Stamping Plates just Ejiubas are super affordable, you can click here to see the current price on Amazon.
5- Born Pretty Christmas Stamping Plate
Born Pretty is well known for having a wide variety of nail products that are both affordable and of high-quality.
Their stamping plates live up to their reputation being both budget-friendly and of good quality meaning that their plates are well-etched which allows your nail stamper to pick up the imprint easily
And Born Pretty has a great line of Christmas Themed Stamping Plates.
Their line of Christmas themed Stamping Plates set comes with four different plates that contain designs such as Snowmen, Christmas trees, Santas, Snowflakes, and much more.
6- Clear Jelly Nail Stamping Plates
Clear Jelly Stamper is a Canadian Based Nail Art company that in my opinion makes some of the best stamping products.
I absolutely love their clear nail stamper and their stamping plates are usually amazingly creative and more importantly very well engraved.
Most of their products are made using high-quality materials and heavily tested and vetted right in Canada so you know you will get excellent plates and stampers.
Pros of Clear Jelly Stampers Plates
1- Consistent & Easy to Use
Their plates are some of the best-engraved stamping plates I have ever used which makes them very easy to work with and allows them to make consistently good nail art.
2- Works with any Nail Stamper
Now because Clear Jelly Stamping Plates are etched really well they can work with almost any brand or type of nail stamper. But I highly recommend their own Clear Jelly Nail Stamper.
Clear Jelly Stamper inc actually pioneered the concept of a totally transparent nail stamper and they hold a patent for it. I have an entire article where I go through the pros and cons of this stamper, you can click here to read it.
3- Creative Designs
Clear Jelly Stamper has a wide array of amazing designs gonna leave some links below:
Christian-designed plates that are great for making church-themed nail art.
Plus I love how their website has their plates in color and gives you a measurement to compare the size of each design, so you know what size you are getting.
You can see what one of their plates looks like in the image below and notice the measurement in the top left-hand corner to give you a point of reference to the size of the designs.
Cons of Clear Jelly Stamper
The main drawback with Clear Jelly Stamping Plates is that they tend to be expensive in comparison to other budget stamping plates but what I usually do is try to buy them when they are on sale.
I suspect the reason why they tend to be more pricey, is that most of their products are made in Canada where the cost of labor is much higher.
Where to Get Clear Jelly Nail Stamping Kit
Clear Jelly Stamper has a really nice Stamping Kit that comes with:
- A high-quality Clear Stamper,
- 3 Stamping polish,
- A special cleaning pad for the Stamper
- A Scraper and
- One of their Small stamping plates
This stamping kit has everything that you need to get started in nail stamping.
But most importantly these are some of the best stamping gear you can get, so I am pretty sure they will make your first stamping experience go smoothly.
When I first experimented in stamping I had a tough start, I ended up having to buff my cheap rubber stamper and even had to thicken my polish to actually get any results.
Hopefully, this kit can make your first stamping experience go smoother than mine, you can click here to see the price of the Clear Jelly Stamping Kit.
By the way, I really love Clear Jelly packaging they really go the extra mile. And, in my opinion, because of the nice packaging, these stamping kits would work as really great as a cute gift.
Important Notes on Stamping Plates
1- Always Remove the Covering from the Plates
All stamping plates will come with a plastic wrap that covers the etching side of the plates. This plastic wrap is to protect the plates from being damaged and scratched during shipping.
Now always remember to remove the plastic wrap before stamping. I usually use a tweezer to peel them off so as to protect my nails and make removing it easier.
These plastic wraps use to be transparent but are now mostly blue in color. I guess the color change was done to remind first-time stampers to remove the wrap before stamping.
2- Store Properly
You should store your plates in such a way that they don’t rub or touch each other this is to avoid them scratching each other and thus distorting the etches since the edges of stamping plates can be very sharp.
3- Careful with the Edges of the Plates
Some stamping plates can have very sharp edges to the extent where they can actually cut you. So be careful when handling them, especially when removing the plastic covering.
I have been cut a few times already whilst removing the plastic that’s another reason why I use a sturdy tweezer instead of my fingers to peel off the plastic.
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