I remember how frustrating it was when I first started stamping. Next to acrylic nail extension this was the hardest nail art I've tried so far. There is definitely a learning curve. It was messy, the image was blurred, and I could never get the full image on the stamper no matter how hard I tried. I will save you the hassle and fill you in on what I learned from my many trials and errors. I will add my tips and tricks after the tutorial.
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You will need:
Stamper- unfortunately they no longer sell the stamper I used but this just as good.
Stamping polish- You have to use special stamping polish for your images to be crisp and opaque. Regular polish won't work well.
Scraper- You can also use an old credit card or gift card as well. It works but it's not as flexible.
The following tools are optional but it will save time (and expletives) trust me!🤬
Cotton ball holder- Used to clean the plate between uses. You can use a regular cotton pad to clean the plate but I guarantee you will smudge your polish. Who wants to spend all that time getting a perfectly stamped image only to ruin it by cleaning your plates? Not me, been there done that and will never attempt that ever again!
Lint roller- I use this to clean my stamper between uses. Just press the leftover polish onto the sticky lint roller and the image will come right off. You can get them at any dollar store.
Let's get started! I recommend stamping on a paper towel for easy clean up.
Paint your nails any colour of your choice. Use a light stamping polish for dark nails and vice versa. It'll help the image stand out. After 2 coats of polish, apply a top coat and let it dry.
Apply your stamping polish over half of the design you want to use. If you use less polish it helps you get a crisp, clear image.
Next, use your scraper or credit card to scrape the polish across the design. Scrape quickly at a 45 degree angle and don't apply too much pressure.
It should look as pictured above when you're finished. Don't worry if there's streaks on the plate, you won't see them when you pick up the image.
Now for the tricky part. Use your stamper and pick the image off of the plate with a rolling motion. I have seen people pushing straight down but you may not get all of the image transferred with that method. I didn't have much success trying that way myself but its your nail art so do what you like!
The best part about using the clear jelly stamper is being able to see exactly where the image will be transferred onto your nail. Use the same rolling motion to transfer the image onto the nail. You may have some parts of the image sticking up a bit so just pat it down gently with your finger.
Finish off your design with a top coat after the stamped image has fully dried.
Always clean your plate and scraper between each use with nail polish remover.
There's no way around it, stamping takes practice, but I hope these tips and tricks can help you to unlock the endless design possibilities stamping has to offer!
If you have any other stamping tips not mentioned here, comment below! I'd love to hear from you.
Are you still here? Get stamping already!!!😉
Any tutorial requests? Contact me or comment on this post. I'd love to hear from you!
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