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!

 

 

 

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 🙂

Lucky Me! More Nail Stamping Stuff

 

Hello, Hello!

 

I am excited to show off a couple of things I have been waiting for (nail related, of course!)

 

 

In the above pic is a new stamping plate from Polish Ninja’s “FUN plate #1  by Fab ur Nails” and a new XL nail stamper that came with a couple of really quality plastic scrapers (also purchased a couple of new plates from the same ebay store, hope they work).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a close up of the images on the FUN plate #1 FAB UR NAILS by JAKS (ordered from Ninja Polish)

 

 

 

 

These (above) plates have some images that could work out to be really nice….. -<rant on> I just hope they are engraved deep enough.  I have ordered too many plates from random  stores on ebay, and they end up barely having the images scraped into them, and don’t hold the polish. <rant off 🙂 >

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the XL stamper with small detail stamper.  When I heard this stamper existed – I had to have it and found here  from this ebay seller .  And below is why….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, as you can see – the standard size stamper (this one is Konad, and I LOVE everything else Konad, just not the size of their stamper) – the size can be too small for the full nail images quite often.  Wish me luck 🙂

 

Next post….more Skull Stamping!!  Stay Tuned

My Nail Stamping Machine experience

This is for sale on ebay…..everywhere.  Every “store” that sold nail art or nail products, sold a version of this nail stamping machine.

I waited, and wondered, and pondered, and researched.  Which led me to this video Nail Stamping Machine.

Looks pretty cool, right?

So, with my mind made up, and many many choices of where to buy from, I went on a mission to find a deal.

With the prices ranging (for the exact same product) from….. $5.70 (+ 10 shipping) or $15.70 with free shipping (LOL what a deal – same store offering the two options) or $5.95 (+$25 shipping!), and what I finally decided on was $9.70 with free shipping.

7 weeks I waited, and nothing.  When I contacted the “store” – they said, as it was shipping from China – it was probably being held up at customs, and could I please wait one more week.

2 more weeks later, and nothing.  So, I contacted the “store” again , and they said they would re-ship at no extra charge, but if I paid them another $3 they could send it insured with a tracking number.  That’s all it costs to ship it that way?????  Cheez Wiz, I would have paid that from the start, if I had known it would help with the shipping process.  Oh well.

It finally arrive on Monday.  I made the actual purchase in July, and as you can imagine – I was pretty excited to use it!  Here is my story!

So far, so good.

 Everything looks great!  Nice images on the stamping plates.

Rubber stamp and special polish.  Good, good.

Place finger nail here.

Scraper tool and image plate.

Here we go.  Paint polish on image, slide unit that includes scraper tool over image, and….what the?

Push rubber stamp down onto scraped image and pull back until it is over nail.  Stamp down again to transfer image.

I am no stamping expert, but I don’t think this much of the image should be left on the stamp, instead of my nail.

After a few more tries, I got this image onto my nail.

I will admit, it was my first try and I could probably use more practice, but I still don’t have a good feeling about this machine.

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I do like a lot of the images on the plates though, so I went the route of “konad style” and got this image on my nails.  It’s cute, I think 🙂

My initial thoughts on this machine is that, either I got a faulty machine (because I have seen it work for other people) – or I suck at it (which entirely possible).  BUT, if nothing else – I got 7 new “special” stamping polishes, and some quality stamping plates with cute images.  So, that’s ok.

I will try it again.  Maybe not for another few weeks, but I will try it again, and let’s just hope it’s my technique…. because I have a feeling I won’t be getting anymore goodwill from the ebay store I purchased it from, unless I am willing to fork out more money…. which I am not.

Has anyone else tried this type of stamping machine?  What was your experience?

Cheers everyone!  Have a great night!

More Stamping Konad and Bundle Monster (Cupcakes and spots and sprinkles, OH MY!)

As you can see, I was going for a certain desert like theme.  I don’t quite have the sprinkle application down – but really, how often will I have the opportunity to practice?  This may be as good as it gets 🙂  Still kind of cute!


My ring finger:  I put a thick coating of clear polish, and then dipped it in sprinkles.
Every other finger on my left hand:

1. base colour “Finger Paint” Don’t make a scene

2. Bundle Monster stamp BM-307 (cupcake) using Konad special white polish

3. Small dotting tool to create colourful “sprinkles”

4.  Seche Vite top coat

 

And on my right hand – I went with a simple leopard print stamp. Konad stamp M57 with Konad special polish in black with the same base colour as my left hand.

Aside from the streaking from the top coat application – I think my stamping technique is getting better !

 

Have a great day!