Monday, June 11, 2012

Manicure Monday: Stamping Tutorial Part 2

WARNING: Picture Heavy!

Click HERE if you missed Part 1.

In the last post, I discussed materials you would need for stamping.  Now that you've gathered up all the items you need, let's get started stamping!

1. Paint your nails with a base coat to prevent staining and protect your nail.

2. After selecting your base color, paint one coat on your nails.
3. Once the first coat is dry, you can paint a second coat if you need to.  Continue this process using as many coats as needed to reach your desired opacity.  I needed two coats before this polish was opaque (not see through) on my nails.  Completely allow your nails to dry before moving on to the next step.  If your nails aren't completely dry, you will get dents in the polish from stamping.  Optional: If you want to speed up the drying process, you can apply a fast dry top coat before stamping and again after stamping.
4. Using your stamping polish, brush the polish over the nail plate design that you have selected.  Be sure there is enough polish to cover the entire image.
Image is covered.
5. Next, using the scraper or an old gift card, scrape the excess nail polish off of the plate.  I like to put a paper towel down to absorb any excess polish.  The reason I prefer a plastic gift card is that metal scrapers can often scratch your metal plates.
8. You should now see that the image is filled with your nail polish.
9. Next use the stamper to pick up the image.  Pick it up by pressing straight down with the stamper.

10. For the above picture, I switched to a different stamper so that you could see that the image is now on the bottom of the stamper.  (Pink on pink didn't show up.)
11. Press the stamper down onto the nail.  Roll from right to left so that the image applies across your entire rounded nail.
12. You should now see a lovely image stamped onto your nail!
13. Add a topcoat to seal in your design and add some shine!  Add topcoat in three strips, one down the middle, and one on each side.  Go quickly and do not go back over any areas.  If you would like to add more topcoat, wait until the first coat has dried.  If you don't wait, it will smudge your image like the bottom left corner of this:
And your done!  It's really easy and quick and beautiful!


  1. This came out so good. I had purchased the same stamping set and had horrible luck so I returned it. I really want it to work for me.

    1. I found that the images that came in that set generally did not stamp well. A few of them are okay but it seemed to me like the plates were cut too deep on a lot of the images. The images smeared everywhere. However, I have the Bundle Monster nail plates, Shany nail plates and two Konad nail plates and they all stamp just fine. So maybe it was the plates. I wish you luck in the future!