Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Let's watch paint dry!

Hey guys! 

Yesterday I got a brand new set of nail stamping plates, so I got inspired to make a little video of me stamping my nails.  I've been meaning to do this for quite a while, because every time I post a stamped mani I get questions about how it works.  I do have a page up top called "Nail Stamping Info" that I add and remove and then add back occasionally.  But it's always better to see it in action.

I mentioned before that I prefer to do stamping on a well-cured mani, so I painted my nails last night in preparation for stamping this morning.  But honestly, a lot of the time I do stamping to get an extra day or two of wear out of a mani that's starting to look a bit rugged.  Win!

Before I started I took a picture of all my supplies.  It looks like a lot, but I keep it all in a little kit so it's easy for me to get out when I want to do my nails.


Starting from the top left and working down and to the right, I've got:  pure acetone polish remover; a food carton lid with two cotton balls (the triple size ones); some scrap paper with my stamping plate on top; a small bottle of regular polish remover; nail polish for stamping - this one is Wet n' Wild Black Crème; my stamper; an old "credit" card; two pointy Q-tips; and a brush I use for clean up, but didn't use this time.

All of this is on a mat to protect my table, however,  I usually just do this by the bathroom sink.  My sinks are granite, so if any polish spills happen it's easy to quickly wipe them off.

Here's a picture of my stamping plate:


The plates are so shiny, you can see my camera and hand reflected on the surface!

For this mani, I stamped with black, but you don't have to use black.  Any strongly pigmented polish will work, and chrome-finish polishes work well also.  I used black in hopes it would show up better on camera.



And here's the finished mani:


For this one I used Essie Chinchilly (two coats) topped with CND Copper Shimmer (one coat).  Stamping was done with Wet n' Wild Black Crème, then topped with INM Out the Door.

You can see how quickly you can stamp your nails.  If I take out the explaining bits, I did five fingers in about 2 minutes.  Start to finish - and that includes cleaning up around the cuticles and adding top coat - I spend barely 10 minutes each time I stamp my nails.  The hardest part, for realz, is deciding which stamp I want to use!!  I've got over a hundred plates now . . .

16 comments:

  1. Woah! That is seriously cool! I love the effect of the black and copper.

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  2. Ahhh! I always wondered how you do that! Very cool!

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  3. So interesting, thanks for the video! I'm going to pick up some INM Out the Door, and was wondering if you also use a special base coat?

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    1. I have a bunch of base coats that I like, and tend to switch them up a fair bit. Right now I'm using Essie Millionails in hopes of dealing with peeling (not working yet). Some all-time faves are Essie First Base, CND Sticky, Qtica Natural Nail Growth Stimulator and Zoya Anchor.

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  4. This is not at all how I imagined your nail stamping went but it's much less complicated than anything I was thinking of! Thanks for the demo!

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    1. Not at all complicated. Now you guys won't think I'm super smart and talented any more! Secret's out!

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  5. Woah!! Crazy!! I had no idea that's how people create their fancy nails! Looks much more doable for me now. :D

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    1. This isn't the only way to create fancy nails, but it's one of the easiest! And most fun, IMO :-)

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  6. Aaaah! So that's how you do it. Pretty nifty. Looks easy enough to. And what shirt are you wearing? I like the little bit of the print I got to see on the video :)

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  7. That is so cool! Literally stamping upon your nails. Thanks for making this tutorial.

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  8. Ooh, this looks so much simpler than I thought it would be. I want to get some stamping stuff and do my nails now.

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  9. that is so cool! and far easier than i would have imagined. i need to try this out sometime!

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  10. Oh how I love detail in miniature… someday when I'm not washing bottles, I'm going to be ALL over this. :)

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