Ancient spirits of evil, transform this decayed form to MUMM-RA, THE EVER-LIVING!
When I first spotted the Born Pretty Halloween L003 stamping plate, my eyes went straight to the mummy wraps stamp. I had an idea in my head but when I tried to do it, it just wouldn’t work. I was getting pretty frustrated and when Jim asked what I was trying to do, I explained it to him and he said ‘MUMM-Ra!’ and it all just clicked into place. It made my brain come to life and I knew exactly how to do what I wanted to do.
I used a base of Barry M Cotton and sponged on a bit of Barry M Lychee here, there and everywhere. Then I stamped the mummy wraps over 4 of my nails in Moyou Black Knight. I did 2 extra stamps of the mummy wraps but left them on the stampers and I painted a couple of the strands that were not touching each other, in Barry M Blood Orange and left them to dry.
I started to paint my other nail while they were drying, I used Barry M Laguna for the base, then I stamped the circle using a different plate and filled it in with Barry M Blood Orange. Once that was dry, I flipped it over and painted Mumm-Ra’s 2 headed snake symbol, or at least something that closely resembles it, from far away, hahaha, and I popped it onto the nail.
Then I went back to the red strips I had painted and one by one I peeled them off the stamper and placed them in position on my nails. Weirdly, they looked so much better before I added topcoat and as you can see I must have been a little heavy handed in some places because I managed to smear it when I added topcoat (Seche Vite) but I still think it turned out awesome.
Now to the nitty gritty of the plate. I had to do a little bit of testing with this one because I was going to do a second lot of nail art using some of the smaller images but try as I might I could not get any of them to pick up at all with my clear stamper. So I grabbed my marshmallow stampers, my sticky stampers and my firm stampers and tested with them all. On all of these I still only managed to get partial pickups. I was really disappointed because my second mani was going to be a Nightmare Before Christmas one and there are some super cute little images there.
Now, I honestly think this might just be my plate. And I don’t think it was my stamping technique because I tried it by having the scraper in different positions, doing it quickly, using the roll method and the firm press method, I just couldn’t get it to work. It happens. Plus, I have seen a few people put up adorable manis using these small images, so please don’t let that put you off buying this plate as it has some great images on there.