Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Back to the 80's - Space invaders

One of my favourite designs on the Moyou Time Traveller plates are the space invaders images on Back to the 80'x 01 and 04 plates.  But there was one more thing that that I needed before I could create the mani I wanted to do.  I needed awesome stamping polishes that show bright colours over a black base.

Enter Mundo de Unas stamping polishes from Mexico. I had read so many fantastic reviews about the polishes on the Adventures in Stamping Facebook group, that I eventually caved in and purchased a bunch of bottles.  The shipping price from Mexico was pretty hefty, but the polishes were individually wrapped and packaged well and they arrive in about 3 weeks. They also took about 3 weeks to ship out the package because they have been swamped with orders.

The one thing I had heard about the Mundo de Unas polishes is that they smelled like enamel hobby paint.  Before ordering the polishes I even checked out our local model hobby shops to see what enamel paints they had, but it turns out that they don't use enamel paint much any more, it's all waterbased.  Hence another reason I ended up purchasing some Mundo de Unas polishes to try.

A couple of things about the Mundo de Unas polishes.  
  • They are very thick and could never be used for anything other than stamping.
  • They are very stringy
  • You only need a tiny amount of polish on the paint compared to regular nail polish.
  • They definitely smell of enamel paint, more specifically they smell like mineral turpentine.
  • If they are advertised to be able to stamp over black, they sure can - you can check the various colour guides on the Mundo de Unas facebook page to see which ones work over black.
  • Clean up is very easy using sticky tape on your cuticles.
Bottom line for me, the Mundo de Unas stamping polishes rock! I can see me saving up to place another order sometime soon.

Anyway, now that I had some awesome polishes that stamped over black, here is the space invaders mani I did.  Can you believe I have red, yellow and green showing up over black. Awesome! I stamped with Mundo de Unas colours Reddish, Yellow, Green and Holland blue.

These photos are a bit different from my usual ones, because I forgot to take photos of my mani in the morning sun before I left for work.  I knew I wasn't going to be home until after the sun had set, so instead I used my iphone to take these photos and stood out in the sun at lunch time (with my co-workers thinking I looked like a total dork). I didn't have any nail polish with me at work, so it felt weird do nail poses with a bottle prop. But all thing considered they came out ok.


  1. I'm about to order some mundos too! Just contacted Sylvia this morning :) Only getting some minis at the moment though.

  2. I love this :) You've inspired me to hunt through my plates for something similar.
    the stamping polishes work so well. They do separate badly though and are pretty much impossible to shake back so I recommend regularly turning the bottles upside down. I have mine on a rotation every few days. Really just like the enamel paints except the little paint pots are easier to mix back together with a stick.

  3. Haha! These are brilliant!! *Love* the Space Invaders stamping, and wow, you're right--the colours are so vivid over the black! :D

  4. So I looked around the website you linked- Mundo de Unas has stamping plates too! A fair number of them are standard, run-of-the-mill plates, but, uh, I encountered a couple of... interesting ones. Particularly one that was apparently inspired by the Kama Sutra. Well, I guess we put weird stuff on our nails, some people put even weirder stuff on their nails!

  5. Nice ! Did you use stamps ?

  6. Cool....I remember those pixeled space invaders very well :o)

  7. Wow the pigment over black is great!

  8. Love this! Brings back so many memories :)

  9. Your nails look great!
    by the way, I love the layout of your blog :)
    I'm looking forward to read your next article <3

    xx julia


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