Posted by Viva La Nails on 3/1/2015
If youíre a beginner to nail art
or youíre looking for a quick and easy way to practice fun and creative nails
then nail stamping just might be the answer. Anyone can use nail stamps to
create beautiful nail designs. Here, we show you how itís done.
What is nail stamping?
Nail stamping is a technique
using a stamping plate that allows you to transfer a pre-designed image onto
your nails. The stamping plate has a design on it which is transferred to the
nail via a stamp.
What will I need?
Youíll need two nail polishes, a nail
plate, stamp and scraper as well as some nail polish remover for clean-up. You
might want to look into purchasing a starter kit, such as a Konad kit, however all
tools needed are available to purchase separately. Youíll find nail plates with
a full nail design which will cover the whole nail, part nail designs which can
be used as an accent or tip stamps to give a French manicure look. When
stamping, itís best to work in a spacious area so you have room for all your
How to start
Itís best to prep your nails with
a base coat, such as the Konad base coat.
Make sure your top coat is completely dry before you begin stamping otherwise
your nail design will smudge. Itís also a good idea to make sure your tools are
completely clean too. You might find you need to file your nail stamp down
slightly in order to create more texture to pick up the nail design from the
plate. Make sure you donít over file though.
When it comes to choosing the
nail polish shades you want to work with then opt for shades that are going to
transfer. For example, pale shades look great printed over a dark nail colour.
The nail stamping process
Once youíve applied a base coat,
you need to apply your nail colour. Make sure your nails are completely dry
before beginning work on your nail design. You may want to apply more than one
coat of your nail polish and then add a top coat, such as the Konad top coat.
Using a topcoat before applying your nail design is highly recommended as itís
then super easy to clean up any mistakes you make. For example, if your nail
design is slightly crooked, simply apply nail polish remover to a cotton bud
and gently dab over your mistake. This will remove the pattern without removing
your base colour.
For the next step, you need to
apply your second nail polish shade to your stamping plate.
If youíre using a plate with several designs, you only need to apply the polish
over your design. Youíre then going to use the scraper and at a 45 degree
angle, scrape the excess polish off the design. Itís best to use a 45 degree
angle as you donít want to scrape the plate. Itís a good idea to wipe your
scraper clean on a piece of kitchen roll or a paper towel to keep it clean.
Next, press your nail stamp over
the design and gently roll it over. You need to do this fairly quickly in order
for the nail polish to stay wet. If the nail polish has started to dry out,
youíll need to start over again. Check your nail stamp to make sure the design
is complete on the nail stamp. If the nail design isnít complete on the stamp
then start over again. Youíll need to clean the nail stamp and plate with nail
polish remover in order to restart the process.
Once the full design is on the
stamp, you need to roll it gently over your nail. Try not press too hard. A
slight rolling motion should help the design to transfer to the nail. If you
find the nail art has smudged then use a cotton bud dipped in nail polish
remover and gently clean it up. If the nail design has transferred successfully
then leave it to dry. Donít worry if you have nail polish over your skin or
cuticles. Simply clean it away with a cotton bud or nail brush dipped
in nail polish remover.
Once your nail polish is dry, itís
time to apply another coat of clear nail
polish top coat. Make sure your nails are completely dry before doing any
other tasks or they will smudge.
Keep practicing this method. It
make not work perfectly the first time you try it but with each attempt it will