Monday, February 23, 2015

Creative Shop Stamper Review!

Press Sample

Good morning, readers! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Today's post is all about the new Creative Shop stamper from the Ukraine. Let's take a look at this short, fat, squishy stamper and compare it to a couple of others I have been using. It came with this clear business card that doubles as a really great scraper! It's now my go-to for scraping excess polish off of the stamping plates because its more flexible than a typical credit card that I was previously using. 

First things first. Let's talk about the size and shape of the stamper compared to the other 2 common stampers. I already had the classic, double ended hard Konad stamper(pink) and a double ended squishy stamper from Winstonia (white with black handle) before this arrived so that's what I'm showing for the size comparisons below.

As you can see, the Creative Shop stamper has a much bigger surface area for picking up images. I've never had long enough nails that the white stamper wouldn't work for me, but I know this is a big selling point for the longer nailed ladies. 

It is also shorter and fatter than the other 2 stampers, with just one stamp head and not the second, smaller one. I didn't ever really use the smaller ends on my other 2 stampers so I'm not missing them by using the new Creative Shop stamper.

The metal handle is a nice shape to hold in comparison to the others. The stamp head can be easily removed if you had to replace it.

The Creative Shop stamper is squishier than the other two stampers. This is really important for ladies with longer nails or high arched nails because it doesn't put too much pressure on the nails. The Konad one is terrible for that because it is too firm to press and roll across a large nail. You can see the squish in the photo below, I'm not pressing very hard for that image. I bet you could stamp on toes using this stamper, too.

Some things to note about the Creative Shop stamper:

  • Rolling is the best way to get the image off of the plate and onto the nail. I was used to pressing flat using other stampers but this stamp head doesn't grab the image as well that way, so rolling is what I recommend. I had some image stretching when I tried to press the image flat onto my nail so I had best results rolling it onto the nail as well. 
  • To clean, I recommend a lint roller or tape. I never use remover to clean stampers like this because I don't know if it will break down the silicone. Sometimes I take a piece of packing tape and loop it and press onto my glass table with the sticky side up so I can just roll the excess polish off of the stamper onto the tape before I use on the next nail.
  • The color of the stamp head isn't white so you can easily see any color of polish after you pick up the image to help with placement. This was a hard part about the white squishy stamper because using white polish was frustrating.
  • As with any new stamper or nail art accessory, you have to play with it a bit to get used to how it works and find the techniques that work best for you and your nails. 

You can see below how I used this for the stamping base of my Vera Bradley nails during the last Digit-al Dozen week. 

I've also used it in these recent manis:

I'm still getting the hang of the new stamper, you can see in my beehive mani above that I had some missing parts in the honeycomb stamped pattern. I also see some patches in my fishnet design above that. 

All in all, I do like this Creative Shop stamper. I'm still working out the best way for me to get the images to completely transfer onto my nails without the missing patches and I think rolling is going to be the winner. I'm not a pro stamper by any means so I have to practice my stamping like almost everyone else. I've also heard that priming this stamp head may get a better image, so I'll try that next. (Creative Shop sent me this awesome review video by pcontreras8nails and she mentions priming and I'll definitely have to try it now! )

To purchase this Creative Shop stamper, you can go to the following links below for your appropriate country (links provided by Creative Shop and some may be out of stock or offering pre-orders at the moment):

Have you tried the Creative Shop stamper? What are your thoughts? Tips, tricks, etc? Share with me in the comments below, I really need to expand my stamping abilities! Thanks so much for reading!

*The stamper in this post was sent for me to review with my honest opinion. 

Pin It!


  1. I need to get my hands on one of those! I'm loving stamping lately!

  2. Great review! I'd like to give it a try!

  3. Good review and thanks for the tips. I got my creative stamper a few weeks ago, and I did struggle initially to pick up the pattern on to the stamper. Even though I knew I needed to press more lightly than with the Konad stamper, I think I still too heavy-handed at first. I need to practice with it more (teething problems still) so I'll try your rolling tip next time. I love the squishiness of it though and that I can see white polish on the surface easily.