Facebook Contest! Submit Your Nail Art / Design (Open Internationally)

In honor of the  Mommy Loves Nail Polish Facebook page hitting 100 “Like”s , I have launched a simple contest, with amazing prizes!

Nail Polish Canada has generously donated a 25 plate Bundle Monster Collection 2012 Edition  along with the handy dandy Nail Stamping Plate Zipper Leather Case Organizer by Bundle Monster.

25 Plate Stamping Collection from Bundle Monster

Nail Stamping Plate Zipper Leather Case Organizer by Bundle Monster

That sounds like a pretty awesome prize, right?  Well, here’s some other items available to win:

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Other prizes will be: various nail art supplies, and beautiful indie polishes.

So, let the contest begin!  Create something fantastic on your nails and upload it to the Mommy Loves Nail Polish Facebook page.  OR check back into your photos of previous awesome manicures you’ve done  – upload one of  them!  Either way is fine by me  😉

Here is the link to Mommy Loves Nail Polish Facebook page.

And this is how the contest will go:

Mommy Loves Nail Polish
100 Likes Contest

Between February 9th and March 1st (midnight EST)- submit a photo of your best nail art/design.

Upload your image to the Mommy Loves Nail Polish Facebook page (or email it to to me – check the “about.me” link on the right sidebar for my email address), mentioning that this is your submission to the contest, and your name ….. (anything rude will immediately be deleted and photo removed)

  • A Photo Album will be created for viewing (and voting for) the contest submissions.  I will be able to add your photos to that album once you have uploaded or emailed the photo.
  • For One Week (March 2 midnight EST- March 8midnight EST) after the last submission date (March 1), your photos can be voted for.
  • Each “Like” between March 2 midnight EST- March 8midnight EST will be counted as a vote.
  • Any “Like”s prior to that date will not be counted.

Winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd) will be decided by the amount of “Like”s each photo has,  decided by 3 unbiased judges from the top “Liked” submissions.

(Once voting is “closed” winners will be notified via Facebook or email within 48 hours, and officially announced once I have contacted them. )

Pass on the word!  The more contestants, the more challenging and creative you will have to be! (and I know you are!)

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Feel free to leave a comment, or ask any questions about the contest, below 🙂  I will respond within 24 hours (probably sooner)

Nail Stamp (Fab ur Nails by JAKS)

 

This is the smallest post I have ever done – but I had to post this.   While playing around with my nail stamping, I came across this stamp that I did not know I had.  Love it!!!

 

 

Please pardon the fact that the actual stamping looks like poop, but I had to show off the image.

 

This is from Fab ur Nails by JAKS  Fun plate #2 – purchased from NinjaPolish.

 

More stamping!

 

There must be one of those Murphy’s Laws, or a proverb in a fortune cookie, that says: when you are playing with your nail stamping, it will looks great – when you are trying to create an awesome manicure with stamping,  (that you want to post on your blog) – it will keep screwing up and looking gross 😦

 

If a saying doesn’t exist, I will have to figure out how to shorten that.   And make it one 🙂

 

I also tried a great idea by poundandprincess – which was to stamp on the Ghoulish Glow “glow in the dark” polish that came in the Wicked Collection.  It would have worked, if the polish was able to go on thicker – but the amount that gets left in the plate to get stamped, wasn’t enough to show up in the dark 😦  It was a good idea though!

 

Alas, I have a mediocre mani to show you, and have put away my stamping stuff in it’s drawer…for a long while.

 

My first try:

 

And, the next try:

 

 

Ohhh, it’s not that bad, I guess! 🙂

 

Have an awesome day!

Random things about nail stamping

 

These are just a few things I have made note to myself, while stamping.  do and don’ts.  Would you like to know?  Read on 🙂

Starting

Use acetone when cleaning your stamping equipment – not regular nail polish remover.  Unfortunately it isn’t strong enough to get everything in the nooks and cranny’s .  I have a acetone soaked cotton pad on the side to wipe the rubber stamper on, wipe the plate and clean the scraper after every try.

I have also purchased one of those plastic cutting boards from the dollar store to do my stamping on.  Best $1.25 I have spent to include in my nail stamping arsenal (when did dollar stores turn into dollar plus stores?)

The stamping process

DO NOT use any of the metal plate scrapers that may have come with whichever stamping kit you have purchased.  It will ruin the plate.  The cheapie plastic scrapers are the best for your plates, but they are not necessarily a smooth edge or perfectly flat edge.  You can take a gentle nail file to smooth the edge, or use a plastic card i.e. old gift card/credit card or my choice Dave & Busters card 🙂

 

 

DON’T press super hard when pulling the scraper across the image plate to remove the polish.  It will remove some of the polish in the grooves, and mess up the image when you pick it up with the rubber stamper.  Firmly and on an angle, but not pushing down, (and not straight up and down) pull the scraper across.

Picking up the image on the rubber stamper…. first wipe the stamper with the acetone soaked cotton pad.  It will remove all left over residue, dust, etc.

Roll the rubber stamper over the image quite quickly and firm, but not super fast or it might miss some of the polish – not too slow and hard, because it might smoosh the polish and you won’t pick up a clean sharp image.

Once the image is on the stamp, let it dry a bit – then line up where you want the print on your nail, and roll the stamper on the nail.  Fast or slow…you have to play with what image you are using.  I have found that I need to roll faster if it is a single smaller image, and slow when it’s a full nail stamp.

Finishing

You will need a top coat – but here is something I have had issues with.  Some top coats drag the image and make it smear.  The top coats that I KNOW work well for me are: Seche Vite, and the clear top coat that come with the GCOCL “special” nail polishes for stamping.  The tops coats I KNOW haven’t worked for me, and smear, are: Nubar Diamont Seal and Shine, Nina Ultra Pro Super Dry Topcoat, and INM Out The Door.

 

Clean Up

Removing extra polish around the edges of the nail AKA cleaning up the nail.  I have picked up the fantastic technique from some of the seasoned nail polish bloggers out there, who have shared heir secrets.

Use a small flat brush (I will attach a pic) and dip in acetone.  As it is a flat brush, you can get right into the edges and wipe out all of the polish that isn’t on the nail.  If it is really messy, swish the brush in the acetone to clean off the polish, and wipe it on a paper towel and keep going with the clean up.

Qtips can leave behind little fluffy pieces, and cannot get right into the small areas for detailed clean up.  So, keep those for your ears 🙂

Immediately after the acetone clean up, wash your hand and fingers thoroughly and get some lotion or oil onto your cuticles.

If you plan on taking photos and blogging about your nails – this is something I have noticed, makes a blog look much more professional – and it only takes and extra minute or two in your entire manicure process.

 

Purchasing

And last, always research a brand before purchasing plates.  Konad and Bundle Monster are not the only brands out there – but they are REALLY good!  I have recently tried Fab Ur Nails by JAKS and GCOCL and really likes them as well.  There are other brands popping up all the time, so try and find images online from those brands before buying.

 

I just put together a pile of plates I purchased on ebay that are garbage – only about $1.50 average, but it adds up!  So, I would warn against the cheap hex shaped plates that are all over ebay – maybe some are great, but the odds are against that, unfortunately.

 


Storing your plates

I currently use a binder by Bundle Monster that is specific for holding stamping plate (but it only holds Konad and Bundle Monster size plates from my experience so far).

Bundle Monster Nail Stamping Plate Zipper Synthetic Leather Case Organizer

 

Or, I have heard that using those plastic sheets to hold baseball cards works just as well.

 

I hope there are a few bits and pieces that are helpful – and if my entire post is redundant/repetitious/tedious – my apologies 🙂  And, if you have other tidbits you can add, please feel free to add them in the comments area – they would be much appreciated:)

 

Happy Stamping!

 

 

 

“Glitter Smoosh” sponging with stamping!

 

Great name, huh?  LOL

 

I started with a China Glaze “Mahogany Magic” base, and then just sponged on a bunch of different glitter or metallic polishes on top.

 

I like how my thumb turned out.  Wish I had paid attention to the colors I was using 🙂 😦

 

 

 

 

And, as you can imagine …. this didn’t stay on long, so I have another post coming up very soon with a new manicure 🙂

 

See you shortly!

Nail stamping (Konad , Bundle Monster) on top of Jade Hypnose

 

As the title says – here are some pics of my nail stamping play this evening 🙂  Once I did the Jade holo manicure, I decided to experiment with some of my new plates.

 

 

Heh heh 🙂  I love Angry Birds !

This one, you can barely make out – but it is a full nail stamp of snakeskin in green, and a skull on top in a sheer silver/grey.

Which one do you like best?  I think I like the “french” tip stamp of the spider web.  And of course, the Angry Bird is super cute 🙂