I want to share an advanced stamping technique called reverse stamping. It's an easy way to create stunning colourful designs. It looks way more complicated than it is. Find out how designs like these can easily be done.
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If you're new to stamping, you should start with my basic stamping tutorial here before moving on to this more advanced technique.
I use Born Pretty products for all my stamping. You can use any stamping plate you want, but you should use high quality polishes made for stamping to get the best results. Most regular polishes are too runny and the image will be very light.
Start by painting a base colour on your nails. If you're using gel, cure in a UV/LED lamp. If it's regular polish, make sure it's dry before moving on.
Wipe off the sticky layer with isopropyl alcohol and a lint free wipe if you're using gel polish. Pick up your desired image onto the stamper.
Now, using a small dotting tool dipped in your choice of polish, colour in the blank space on the design. As you can tell by the picture below, it doesn't have to be perfect. Unlike regular stamping, it's okay if the polish dries so take your time and add as many colours as you like.
I could have painted the leaves as well but I needed a base colour anyway. I saved some time by painting the nail green instead.
I like to use clear jelly stampers to do reverse stamping because you can flip it over to see if you've missed any spots.
I have tried several different methods on how to transfer the stamped image onto the nail. First, I tried using clear polish painted on the nail and waited until it was almost dry (still a little sticky) but not all of the image transferred onto the nail. I also tried to paint clear polish on top of the stamped image and then stamp it onto the nail, but that didn't work well either. So how do I get the stamped design onto my nails? Foil glue! It works perfectly every time.
If you've never used foil glue, it goes on white (or blue with some brands) and dries clear. It's used to adhere nail foils. I'll be doing a tutorial for foils soon so subscribe now so you don't miss it!
Once the glue is dried, stamp the image onto the nail. Add a top coat and it's done. It's a fun way to get amazing designs that you won't see anywhere else and, you can do it yourself! Try it, and watch how many compliments your nails will get.