Bundle Monster Stamping Plates for 2012: Photographs and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I am finally getting this review up. I put it off a bit because I couldn't decide how I was going to show stamped images. On my nails? On paper? Uh... Erika? You have nail wheels, you know. Use one to demonstrate some of the images.

Brilliant. Absofrakkinglutely brilliant.

If I do say so, myself. :P

The Bundle Monster stamping plates for 2012 collection contains twenty-five high polish stainless steel round stamping plates with a paper backing, like the 2011 collection and like Konad brand stamping plates. There are six images per plate and 150 all brand new image designs from which to choose. I really like a lot of the new designs. Some are just meh and a few I most likely won't bother with but overall, it is a really great pile of plates.

The new packaging. I am happy to see Bundle Monster stepping up and improving their packaging. My first set came all scattered in a much too large box, the second in a plastic bag in a bubble mailer, this time, this tricked up little plastic pack that is the perfect size to hold all of the plates securely. Me likee. (The bottle of polish was not included, of course. I placed it there for scale and to hold the pack up for photographing.)

Does anyone else love that little monster popping out of the box? 

All twenty-five plates as they come, right out of the package. There is a blue plastic film adhered to the surface of the plates to protect them from scratching during transit. The film is easy to peel away before use. 

One of the plates, peeled. As you can see, there are some minor surface scratches, from manufacturing, I would imagine. A handful of my plates have these scratches, they are very light and don't impact how the image transfers. I use a metal scraper and my plates get scratched from that so these minor flaws don't bother me. One or two of my plates also had some shallow pitting. Again, the pitting doesn't seem to impact the image transfer. 

My nail wheel with some random images stamped from this plate collection. I stamped with Konad Special White over Wet-N-Wild black creme. My image placement is a little screwy. Stamping on a nail wheel is very different from stamping on my own nails, so I kind of mucked it up. I had to remove every other nail, as they were too close together to stamp them comfortably. 

What do I like about these plates? Variety. There are a pile of fun images, from holidays to causes, pets and beauty. There are 70's style smiley faces and lipsticks and hearts and cause ribbons. There are Christmas and Hallowe'en and Easter images (bunnies!!!!!). No Fourth of July, tho. There are Butterflies, paisley, houndstooth, sayings and numbers. There is even one that mimics water marbling. And the roses! Big, fat, full blown roses. I loves me some roses. 

The images on these plates transfer clean and crisp and easily. I am having trouble with the faux gradient image, it doesn't want to cooperate and mine seems to be a bit flawed. I'll keep working with it, it might be one of those that you have to scrape then stamp "just so" to make it work. I will conquer it. I will! 

I appreciate that Bundle Monster listens to their clients and are making efforts to make the plates more pleasant to handle and use. The edges are less sharp, tho you still need to handle them with a bit of care and the paper backing makes them look and feel substantial and of quality.

What I wasn't so wild about? The surface flaws, such as scratches and pitting. I realize that Bundle Monster has to put out a crap ton of these plates but Konad makes a crap ton of their plates and I don't notice that surface scratching and pitting on Konad plates. This is just cosmetic, and not something that impacts how the plates work or really bug me, personally. But it does merit mention in this review. I wish that the images were arranged with more rhyme and reason. For example, put all of the Christmas images together, all of the Hallowe'en images together, you get the idea. This again is a minor gripe; it just bugs the organized freak in me to have different kinds of images scattered willy-nilly all over the joint on the plates. 

So, bottom line: Do I like these plates? Yes, I sure do. Would I recommend them to my gentle readers? Yes, I sure do. They are great and if you haven't ordered your set, I encourage you to do so. I think that you would really enjoy them. If you are in the mood for some new Bundle Monster stamping fun, you can order from Bundle Monster for $19.79 (I don't know how much they charge for shipping or if it is free) or from Amazon for $21.99 with free shipping. I ordered mine from Amazon. 

So, do you own these plates? Like them? Thinking of buying them? 

Thank you so much for popping in and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.


  1. Looks like there are some lovely images there, and they seem to have stamped really clearly.  I know what you mean about the same types of images being on different plates though - that'd really irritate me too!

  2. Love this new set, can't wait until I can get my hands on them! I want the MASH ones too..then I'll have over 100 plates (too many?)

  3. If you like your plates, I would say that there is no such thing as too many. But that is just my opinion. ;)

  4. These plates work great. I am very happy with how crisp and clean the images are. There is some blur, that is from my camera, not the stamping. *sigh* If I could wish for one thing with stamping plates, organizing the images would be my big wish. It would make that neat freak organizer in me so happy, happy. lol

  5. I cant seem to get the stamping down yet but will to try again. Is there any tips for stamping, like do you have to use the konad polish?

  6. I've got these coming in the mail this week!  I can't waaait.
    I was wondering how you organize your plates.  Mine are just kind of stacked in a pocket of a makeup bag that I use as a nail caddy, but now that I'm getting more plates it's not really practical...plus I've cut myself on some RA plates when jamming my hand in there to grab them :(
    Any advice?

  7. I started out stamping for practice on paper to get the hang of it then moved to my nails. Stamping on paper helps you get the feel for different images, as they all stamp a little different, and doing them on paper, first works out the kinks before you commit to your nails. No, you don't have to use the Konad stamping polish. It is nice stuff but not absolutely necessary. I use Wet-n-Wild black creme to stamp with black, the Konad black makes a huge mess and is hard to cleanup. W-n-W stamps just as well and is easier to cleanup. Many pigmented regular polishes will stamp just fine, experiment on paper to which ones work for you. If an image is giving you trouble, try scraping it at a different angle, or a different polish. Some images stamp better with different polishes and scraping directions. 

    Just keep practicing, there is a learning curve but once you get the hang of it and develop a rhythm, it is fast and easy. 

    I am still working on my placement... I still mess that up, from time to time. Makes for some interesting looking manicures. lol

  8. I have mine stacked by brand in the drawer of one of my small Sterlite components, right now. A lot of gals use a binder with the plastic pocket pages (like the ones that you store baseball cards in) to store their plates and I am planning to pick up a binder and pages, soon as stacks of plates is a pain in my arse and doesn't make my organized heart very happy, either. lol 

  9. Oh, nice! The plates fit in baseball card holders? I was worried the plates would be too big. Definitely something to look into, thanks!

  10. You should tell Bundle Monster about the surface scratches.  It shouldn't be  like that.  But if you continue to use a metal scraper for your stamping, you'll just add your own surface scratches!  Please stop that and use an old credit card!

  11. Kelli FlinchbaughJuly 6, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    These look great, I'm going to my order in this week. 

  12. You're welcome. I hope that you find something that works for you. :D

  13. I used to use an old card and I didn't like how much polish was smeared and left behind. Maybe I need a different card? Some of my plates are scratched by my scraper but they still work just fine. Maybe I'll try a different card. :D

  14. They are great, I hope that you enjoy them. :)

  15. Ooh, these look great!  BTW I put mine in the clear plastic vertical badge holders from Walmart then put a loose leaf ring at the top so I can flip through them.  Easy, fast, cheap and no big binder, although I can easily see the appeal of a binder.

  16. That sounds like a great way to organize and store your plates. :) For some crazy reason, I really want a binder. I would like too find one of the old fashioned blue cloth binders for my plates. I loved those binders and carried them for school, when I was a kid. 

    I just dated myself again, didn't I? lol

  17. I don't stamp often, but I am planning on getting the new BM plates. I have their other two sets, and I like them alot, but the images from these ones look even better!

  18. I really like the images from this set. There is some fun stuff, there. :) 

  19. Love, love, LOVE this set and I am planning on getting it asap! Oh and btw I am stealing your "Absofrakkinglutely brilliant." expression lolol Thanks everybody for the awesome tips too- I didnt even think that the scraper would scratch up the plates, so I like the credit card idea and really love the binder idea too! <3

  20. These are great plates. I'm glad that you plan to pick them up, you'll like them.

    Steal away. :D

    I use a metal scraper. It does scratch my plates but the scratches don't effect the image quality and I get a better image transfer when I use a metal scraper. :)

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