Saturday, March 2, 2013

Adventures in Nail Stamping...

I've wanted to try nail stamping for awhile. :-) After reading this blogging post on Nailed It, I decided to order the stamping plates from Winstonia Store. You get 20 plates for $15, though you have to also order a stamper/scraper separately for about $3.95.

Stamping is... um... tedious at first... LOL. You need a lot of polish remover and a lot of cotton balls when you're practicing. I'm still not so good at the full nail designs yet, I need to practice more. I'm better at the smaller individual designs. It does work best when you're at the table. There's a great Stamping Tutorial on Swatch And Learn that really helped me.

This was my very first test attempt. I did some paw prints. The base was Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Lava and 1 coat of Zoya Faye over it.


I've been using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri colors in black & white to stamp with, because it's thick and gooey which is perfect. I just need some more colors now... maybe a brown, gold & silver.

This is me removing the film off the nail image plate. Guess which step was not on the back of the box with the directions? Yeah... removing the film from the plate. I totally tried stamping, thinking the blue film was SUPPOSED to be there... um... duh... lol!

This was today after I was done and the image plates are back in the little box. Messy work space.

Messing around practicing. My crooked gameboy stamp... and I seem to only be able to do full designs well on my pointer finger at the moment...

First attempt with the butterfly & star designs.

With Flash:
This was my actual full manicure when it was finished. I stamped on both hands, yay! I did stars and butterflies. The base is Layla Hologram Ultra Violet, with 1 coat of Zoya Daul on top. Black Stamp ink is Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Black. I still need some practice stamping, but the results are really pretty when you get the hang of it. :-)

Without Flash:
I also got a new camera. A Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 16.1 MP. My last one had an unfortunate disaster with some nail polish remover... and my husband. Ironically, it wasn't me that spilled it, lol.

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I purchased the Winstonia Stamping Plates with my own money. 

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