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Hello Loves! I have the new Bundle Monster Secret Garden Collection stamping plates to show you today. This is the newest collection of 25 plates from Bundle Monster, and it is different than any collection Bundle Monster has released in the past. Not only is it primarily floral themed, but it's buffet style! Y'all know how much I love my florals, so you can imagine how excited I am about this set.
Of course, I played around with the plates and have used them in a few manicures. For the most part, I am really pleased with the collection. The plates are the same size as the traditional Bundle Monster plates so they fit in my holders. There are a few plates that don't feel cohesive to me, but they break apart easily if you want to use them in sections. Pretty much all of the design sections are large enough for full nail coverage if you turn your stamper a bit to line them up.
I took photos of each plate to show you. Wow is it difficult to take a photo of a shiny metal plate without getting a glare or catching yourself in the reflection! I also did a test stamp from each plate and blew it up so you could see the detail. In hind-sight, it probably would have made more sense to keep the test stamps at actual size, but I think this works ok.
I should point out that each of these are my first attempt with each plate. No retries are pictured. For the ones that didn't come out quite as crisp as I like on the first try, I was able to get most of them crisp by scraping in a different direction or varying the pressure when I scraped. Some of the test stamps do a have a glare bouncing off of the polish from my light, but I think you can see the difference between glares and skips. Shall we take a look?
Plate BM-701 is one of the plates that isn't very cohesive to me, but I love the skeleton keys and the flowers above them have great spacing for glitter or crystal placement.
BM-702 must have been designed with me in mind. Seriously, a baby deer? Foliage? Flowers? Vines? Strawberries? Ok, so you know I love my flowers and vines, but did you know that my son's nursery is decorated in baby deer? And strawberries remind me of my grandmother - she collected them. Yes, this plate is perfect for me!
BM-703 is another one that jumps out at me. I adore the swirls and the vines. Sadly, as you can see, the door and the birdie didn't transfer well for me on the first try. I was able to get the bird to transfer but haven't been able to get the door as crisp as I would like yet. I gave it a few tries and moved on.
BM-704 is more of a scene plate, which is really fun.
BM-705 speaks for itself. Literally. ;)
BM-706 is another that I struggled with on the first try. The lanterns are a bit tricky. The rest of the plate transfers nicely though (not pictured).
Check out the detail in that bench from BM-707! The scroll work is fabulous! The bench image won't fit on one of my nails, but it can be split between two.
The peacock on BM-708 really makes me miss my long nails! I might have to put my extensions back on just to do a mani with this image! This is one of the pictures where my light is creating a glare on the stamping polish.
BM-709 is loaded with florals. The details in the top of the plate didn't show up well in the picture of the plate, but there are various different types of flowers and I think maybe grape clusters?
Ok, I'm not going to comment on every plate in the collection, but look...a duck!
BM-717 is a gorgeous plate (I used it in a mani below), but the face is a bit large. I can't break it across two nails without losing the effect and it won't fit on one nail. I love the floral designs surrounding the face, though.
BM-718 might be my new favorite butterfly plate. I adore the scrolls in this one. I used it in a mani below, but I didn't use the butterflies. I'm saving those for warmer weather.
BM-719 confuses me a little. I love the guitar and it makes for a beautiful plate, but I don't know how it could be used so that you are able to tell it is a guitar when on the nails. With that said, I have a great idea for that head stock. And I don't have to tell you that I love the scrolls and flowers surrounding the guitar.
BM-720 is another that makes me miss my long nails. That bird is just adorable!
BM-722...so much going on in one plate! I see apples up top, berries on the bottom, a furry woodland creature, but what is that in the upper left quadrant? I can't figure it out to save my life, and I never was very good at ink blot tests. lol
BM-723 has an adorable line of kittens. I used this one on a friend's daughter this past weekend. I isolated the kittens by removing parts of the image from the stamper with an orange wood stick.
BM-724 is a great plate for Easter. Look, bunnies! And a chair? Not sure how those two fit together, but look! Bunnies!
BM-725 is filled with koi and waterlilies. It is a beautiful plate, but I had to fight with it to get the koi to transfer. I've seen it used by others without issue, so its probably just me.
Ok, want to see some manis? Y'all know I tend to gravitate toward simple stamping creations, usually with similar designs on every nail. This collection makes that really easy to do without having every nail exactly the same. I was able to pick and choose from various spots on the plates for similar but different looks on each nail. Score!
First up is a simple design using the flowers that surround the face on BM-717.
My second mani uses the scrolls from the Butterfly Plate (BM-718). And look, it's Cinderella. Bless her heart, she does all the work and is rarely seen. Yeah, she still doesn't know how to pose, but I figured she deserved a little attention. Plus I didn't get a chance to finish this design on my right hand. lol
This is the mani I mentioned where I isolated the kittens from BM-723. The flowers are from the lower portion of BM-713. Of course, these aren't my nails. Nope, they belong to my friend's 8 year old daughter. I love that this plate collection has images that fit on smaller nails too!
Finally, I used the scrolls and flowers from the Guitar plate (BM-719) as the finishing touch to my friend's new set of gel nails. She loved them, and so do I. :)
What do you think of this new buffet style stamping plate collection from Bundle Monster? Do you need them in your collection as much as I did? If so, you can pick them up on Bundle Monster's Website here or on Amazon here!
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