I’ve been wanting to try nail stamping for a while now and when my Konad m57 image plate and scraper and stamper set dropped through the door a few days ago I knew that the time had finally come. I’d heard mixed reviews about the difficulty of this nail art technique, so rather than risk ruining a good manicure with a smudgy stamping episode, I decided to err on the side of caution and carry out my debut stamp over polish that been on for a few days and was in need of a freshen up. That way, if things didn’t go according to plan I could happily wipe it off with no ruined mani frustration.
For those of you who don’t know, the process of stamping itself is pretty uncomplicated. You simply chose whichever design you like on the plate, add a blob of polish, brush firmly across the design with the scraper, roll the stamper over the design to pick up the polish and then roll onto the nail. The most common problems people experience are picking up only half the design on the stamper, issues with design alignment on the nail and of course the dreaded smudging.
With the associated risks in mind, for this ‘trial run’ stamp-a-thon I selected my Barry M Black polish to stamp with because I knew that it had sufficient colour opacity to do the job and I didn’t want to splash out on stamping polish only to find that I was utterly useless at it.
Once everything was ready, I took the plunge and indulged in my first stamp. Like many things in the world of nail art, I found that stamping was nowhere near as problematic as expected. My first stamps turned out by no means perfect, but my fears about smudging and problems with picking up the image were largely unfounded and the end result was ultimately exactly the look I was going for!
Overall, I was really happy with my first stamping experience, especially as the design still looked fab several days afterwards, therefore almost doubling the life of my original mani! I will definitely be trying out more stamping designs soon (probably next time on fresh polish!), so keep you eyes peeled for blog entries about it!
Here are the materials I used for stamping (the original mani was done with a bright pink shade from Dior’s Bird of Paradise collection.)