411: Nail Stamping + More


Nail Stamping Plates

How big are Bundle Monster's nail stamping plates?

Currently we offer 3 different nail stamping plates: circle, square and XL rectangular. The circle nail stamping plates are 5.6cm in diameter. The XL rectangular nail stamping plates are 6.5cm x 12.6cm. The square nail stamping plates are 5.5cm x 5.5cm.

I have big nail beds, how big are your full nail designs?

Our images are ever changing. On average our full nail designs are 2.2cm x 1.5cm with the XL sized plates. However, on our circle designed plates the designs are smaller measuring at 1.6cm x 1.3cm. Tip: For larger nail beds, try plates that have a buffet styled look like Secret Garden or Shangri-La.

Do you sell your nail plates individually?

Yes. Most of our nail plates are sold individually.

I received my order of nail stamping plates and it is not working! Do you have any tips on how to make them work?

Tip #1: Each of our nail plates has a tight, blue, protective film. If you haven’t already, please remove this film before using.

Tip #2: Technique can sometimes be an issue. Practice, practice and practice…makes perfect.

Tip #3: Stamper, scraper or nail plate needs to be cleaned frequently. Sometimes after repeated use, the stamper may acquire residue and debris on the stamping surface or the stamper can be too smooth. We recommend only using 100% acetone polish remover and avoid using any polish remover that is “moisturizing” as they contain oils that will affect the stamper from picking up a clean image from the plate.


Stamping

What is stamping and how do I do it?

Welcome to the world of nail stamping! Nail stamping has revolutionized the way that nail DIY'ers and nail professionals are creating nail art. It requires at least 3 tools: nail stamping plates, a scraper and a stamper. Here's a tutorial and troubleshooting video that shows you how to get started:

Helpful Tips:

  1. All Bundle Monster plates come with a protective blue film. Remove this film before stamping.
  2. Work quickly when stamping! Make sure you have all your tools ready and in-hand before applying polish on the nail plate.
  3. Scrape 2 to 3 times at most to prevent the polish from drying on the nail plate.
  4. On designs with more etched areas, use a lighter hand when scraping.
  5. When the design is transferred onto the nail, gently pat down any parts of the design that is lifting off from the nail to secure the design on the nail.

Can I use regular nail polish to stamp?

Yes! The main difference between stamping polish and regular nail polish is that stamping polish is usually thicker and is packed with pigment. Some regular polishes work too, but the opacity will vary. Tip: Older nail polish tends to thicken up over time, use your old nail polish for stamping.

Metal or plastic scrapers - which one should I use?

The act of stamping is about personal preference. What works for some might not work for you. Metal scrapers were the original scrapers when stamping became popular. However over time, metal scrapers tend to scrape the metal surface of plates. Plastic scrapers are less abrasive to nail plates and allows for an even scrape. Some users find that using a metal scraper does not work and a plastic card works better. It really takes some trial and error to find the best method for you.


Stampers

Stampers: What's the difference?

A stamper is the crucial tool in nail stamping to transfer the design between nail plate and nail. The selection of a nail stamper is truly about personal preference. We're constantly adding new stampers to our product line up to meet the needs of all stamping preferences. To find the right stamper for you, here are some reviews that might help:

YouTube review from NailStamp4Fun:

Blog review from Very Emily:

Very Emily | Bundle Monster Nail Stampers Review

Priming: What does this mean?

Priming is when the shine is buffed off of the stamper head. A primed stamper head allows for a cleaner pick up from select stamper heads.

What it looks like to prime your stamper

Does my stamper need priming?

Depends - some stampers work right out of the package while other need priming. Not all stampers are created equal. The only way to find out if your stamper needs priming is to test the stamper first. Priming is not a heavily abrasive process and with too much pressure a stamper might be damaged in the process. So make sure to use a light hand when using any of the tips below. If your stamper needs priming, here are some tips that work:

  • Tip #1: Use a damp Mr. Clean Eraser to buff off the shine.
  • Tip #2: Use a low grit nail file and lightly buff off the shine.
  • Tip #3: Rub 100% acetone with a cotton pad until shine has been dulled or completely gone.

After each process make sure to clean the surface either with acetone, tape or a sticker-like lint roller and test again. If the image does not come out as clear as you'd like, repeat the process again.

My stamper is extremely oily. Is this normal?

Most of our stampers are created of silicone material. The oiliness created by silicone materials is natural and we highly recommend washing your stamper head with dish soap before use.

I purchased a starter kit/deluxe kit and my stamper heads have black lint.  Is something wrong with my stamper?

Our kits come with an easy to use, double sided stamper with extremely sticky heads.  This particular squishy silicone head is perfect if you are a beginner or pro but because of it's sticky nature, the heads can become a magnet to all things, like lint.  With a few additional steps to prime and clean your stamper head, your stamper will be as good as new and ready to stamp.

I've seen this huge Mochi Stamper that you carry. How do I use this?

The Mochi Stamper takes the concept BIGGER is better! As nail plates have evolved into larger designs, this stamper can be used as: a stamper, a decal maker or a nail art work station. This product does take practice to pick up a clean image because of it's sheer size and is not recommended as a beginners stamper tool. Here are some helpful reviews for this product:

YouTube review from Marine Loves Polish:

You Tube review from Very Emily | You Tube review from Paulina's Passions | Blog review from Kerruticles

Helpful Tips:

  1. Priming the stamper may be required. There are some really good priming videos on You Tube that show this process. But mattifying the surface of the stamper may help in getting a clean stamp pick up.
  2. Because of the big nature in this product when taking off and putting the stamper back in the holder air gets under the stamper head. It is recommended to push out any excess air that might sit underneath the stamper head. This allows the stamper to sit nice and evenly in the holder. With the air left in the stamper, it makes the stamper head very bumpy and uneven allowing for a very uneven pick up.
  3. After #2, make sure the stamper head sits securely into the holder by pressing down on the sides and corners of the stamper into the holder.
  4. If bringing the "stamper to the plate" method doesn't work, it might work to bring the plate to the stamper. Which means once you've scraped off the excess polish turning the plate onto the the Mochi Stamper and giving a nice, even push might help you get a clean pick up.

Gel Polish

How do I apply a 3-step gel polish?

Application Process:

  1. Prep nails by pushing back cuticles and buffing surface of nails to get rid of any natural oils and shine. Wipe nails with alcohol or nail polish remover for a clean start.
  2. Apply a thin layer of base coat to prepped, oil-free nails and cure under lighting system.
  3. With a gel polish color, apply a thin layer from the base to the free edge of nail and cure.
  4. Repeat by adding another thin layer of color to nails and cure.
  5. Seal the color with a thin layer of top coat and cure.

Curing times and results will vary due to LED or UV lighting systems. Average curing times:
LED systems: 30 seconds - 1 minute per cure.
UV systems: 2 minutes - 4 minutes per cure.

Helpful Tips:

  • Properly prepping and cleaning your nails before application will greatly affect the longevity of the gel polish.
  • Apply color from base of nail to the free edge, capping the free edge will help prevent shrinkage.
  • Darker gel colors may require longer cure times.
  • Lighter gel colors may require more coats than recommended. Repeat steps 2-3 in necessary.

I purchased your Red Carpet, metallic gel polish collection and it's not working! How do I use this!?

Metallic gel polish and its effect can be tricky to work with. It has it's own unique steps to achieve the best result. Here are the directions step-by-step to achieve the high gloss metallic gel look.

  1. Prep nails by pushing back cuticles and buffing surface of nails to get rid of any natural oils and shine. Wipe nails with alcohol or nail polish remover for a clean start.
  2. Apply a thin layer of base coat to prepped, oil-free nails and cure under lighting system.
  3. Apply a thin layer of topcoat and cure again.
  4. Shake the metallic gel polish for 30 seconds to mix the metallic elements before application.
  5. For best result apply metallic gel polish using a three stroke method, starting from the center base to the free edge of nail. Be sure to not overlap each stroke when applying the metallic color gel. Cure metallic color gel for 60 seconds in a LED system (2 minutes in UV).
  6. Repeat by adding another thin layer of color to nails and cure. Seal the color with a thin layer of top coat and cure.

Watch our instructional video on how we go from start to finish:

Helpful Tips:

  • If you have a top coat that has a sticky residue after curing wipe dry with alcohol before metallic gel application.
  • For best results, thin (almost transparent), slow, non-overlapping strokes of polish while applying this metallic gel create better, even color coverage.
  • Gently touch the surface of the nail after curing metallic gel to ensure the product is dry if not cure again. Drying time may significantly change according to application. When in doubt, cure again!
  • Only apply top coat gel to absolutely dry cured metallic gel, applying top coat to wet/ partially wet metallic polish will not achieve the same metallic effect.

What is the difference between a 3-step gel and speed gel?

A 3-step gel needs a gel base and top coat in order to use the product correctly. We do also sell a Speed Gel line of gel polish that doesn't require a gel base and top coat. All of our gel polishes need a UV or LED light to cure the polish.

How do I apply Speed Gel?

Follow our Speed Gel application process below for a perfect, salon finish:

  1. Prep nails by pushing back cuticles and buffing surface of nails to get rid of any natural oils and shine. Wipe nails with alcohol or nail polish remover for a clean start.
  2. Apply a thin layer of a Speed Gel - one step gel polish color from the base to the free edge of nail and cure.
  3. Repeat by adding another thin layer of color to nails and cure.

Curing times and results will vary due to LED or UV lighting systems. Average curing times:
LED systems: 30 seconds - 1 minute per cure.
UV systems: 2 minutes - 4 minutes per cure.

Helpful Tips:

  • No base coat or top coat needed for Speed Gel!
  • Properly prepping and cleaning your nails before application will greatly affect the longevity of the gel polish.
  • Apply color from base of nail to the free edge, capping the free edge will help prevent shrinkage.
  • Darker gel colors may require longer cure times.
  • Lighter gel colors may require more coats than recommended. Repeat steps 2-3 in necessary.

Are your nail polishes cruelty free?

At b.m.c by Bundle Monster we love our furry, 4 legged friends and value the importance of recognizing and protecting the rights of all animals and the cruelty against them for animal testing.  Although we firmly believe that cruelty should not be practiced by any means, it is also our understanding that there is no lawful beauty industry standard as to what it means to be “cruelty free”.  Here is our stance:  It is our implicit knowledge that our final nail polish products are not tested on animals.  We also do not commission any third party to test any of our final nail polish products on animals. In select nail art brushes, we may carry accessories that have been made with sable/animal hair in the final product creation.  

This is the extent of our knowledge.  We will continue our diligence to look for alternative measures where animals are not involved in the creation of the final product or otherwise and in the future, may consider registering our company brand with the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program that will help assure customers of our continued support to our animal friends.