Always a stamping enthusiast, I was really excited to participate in a group buy for Pet’la stamping plates recently. I had been drooling over these plates since the first time I laid eyes on them and I am really excited to share the ones I got with you today!
Pet’la plates are immediately identifiable because they aren’t the standard silver color. The plates are engraved in copper (brass) and have a gold color. The second thing you notice immediately when you get them is how well they are engraved. Third, you will notice that these plates have some amazingly detailed images with fine lines and beautiful imagery.
The three I picked up are Golden Russian, Rising Sun and Peacock. They do not come with a protective film on top, but were each bagged separately. They came with plain cardboard protective sleeves to keep them from getting scratched up while being stored. The plates do not have plastic backings, but the edges of the plates are not sharp enough to cut delicate skin and feel very smooth.
Below I will have an image of each plate, a sample of how the images stamp and a sample mani, so hang on for lots of pictures! All of my stamping was done using my Vivid Lacquer squishy/sticky rectangular stamper.
This plate is largely floral in nature and you will see that a few of the images are blown up or shrunken parts of the same design, which is awesome.
This plate has beautiful, delicate florals with super fine lines – and they pick up perfectly!
This plate is made up of Asian inspired imagery, including some iconic sakura floral, geometric patterns and an absolutely gorgeous koi fish image.
This plate is made of a nice mix of imagery. A couple of them are specifically peacock related, but the others are more general geometric in nature.
There are a couple of downsides:
The first is that the plates are so deeply etched that you have to be a bit more careful with your pickup, or you can squish the polish in the grooves, distorting the image. I found that I had my best results when I used a very light touch with my stamper. I use a sticky stamper, so just a light roll over the image picked up very crisp images. If I pressed in, I got distortions or uneven amounts of polish – this is particularly noticeable in the Peacock stamping – I finally had it figured out by the time I did the accent wheel stamp.
The second is that the edges of the engraving are a bit rough, so if you clean up with any kind of cotton (I use cotton rounds) it tends to snag in the edges of the engravings and you end up with little cotton strands that require additional cleanup.
Overall… I freaking LOVE these plates. The images are absolutely stunning and they pick up really well! The images are large, particularly on the Peacock plate! They are comparable in price to brands like MoYou London and retail for €8.00 (about $9.00/US) – Pet’la is located in Hungary, so shipping can be pricey, but if you get an opportunity to do a group buy, I recommend grabbing these and feel like any stamping enthusiast would love them!