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August 21, 2011

Paige had asked the other day what the deal was with stamping so I took some pics of the process to help illustrate how easy it is.  Basically you just need the right tools, and to pick a proper polish… the rest is a cakewalk.

First you start with the supplies:

nail art stamping supplies

The stamper and the scraper are from Konad and usually sold together for dirt cheap.  The image plates come pretty cheap too and with a lot of designs crowded onto each metal disc.  The polish?  So the one up there is a purple Konad polish intended for stamping, but you can really use any polish — though unless you’re specifically going for an ethereal effect you’ll want to pick something that’s really opaque (think of your favorite one-coat polishes) and isn’t one of those “dry in 60 seconds” deals (it’ll end up drying as soon as you get it on the image plate and that’s no good).

Once you’ve got your supplies out, it’s pretty easy stuff — just start by covering the image you want to use with some polish:

bundle monster image plate

Then use the scraper to pull off the excess:

konad scraper

And follow that by rolling the stamper over the polish which will transfer like so:

butterfly stamp

Lastly you’re just going to roll that image over your nail (make sure you already have polish on your fingernails, it won’t transfer well to a naked nail) and voila, you’ve stamped yourself!

nail stamping

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16 Responses

  1. nail crazy says:

    instead of scraper i use an old card, it does not scratch the surface of image plate like the scraper does ;-D
    i love stamping, it’s the easiest way to do nail art :-D

  2. the nerd says:

    I hadn’t thought of that, good call! And lordy knows there are cards to retire…

  3. great post! I’m going to share this link on my Facebook page!

  4. kejal says:

    I have just started to pick up stamping.. And m catching up. Its a great way to do nails!! Nice post.

  5. I’m *really* hoping the birthday fairy listened and I get a set of the new BM plates! I love the ones I have but the whole nail images are not wide enough for my fingers.

  6. Olivia C. says:

    I’ve always wondered how this works!
    I don’t have any stamping tools, buy maybe one day!

  7. niceeeee! thanks for this tutorial, i recently ordered some plates(:

    <3 BB

  8. the nerd says:

    Meg, I have full faith in all things fairy — it’ll be great! Totally feel you on the width though, I sometimes glance longingly at some of the full cover designs knowing they’d never cover the full nail.

    BB, CAN’T WAIT, you’re gonna go nuts with it!

  9. vickie says:

    Many thanks! Where do you get your supplies?

  10. the nerd says:

    No prob! I ordered off of Amazon.com (I’m a lazy shopper like that) for the main kit with the scrapper and stamper and a bundle of plates. You can order from konadnailart.com and nailartstamp.com too if you want more options/direct ordering.

  11. Lisa says:

    Hi, LOVE your site – I have gotten a ton of great ideas from it.

    I got a stamping kit for Christmas last year, but have had issues getting it to work properly – the designs either don’t want to transfer from the plate to the stamp or from the stamp to my nail. Any helpful hints?

  12. hafsa says:

    Lisa u have to work quickly so that the image comes on, and my konad stamps onto my bare nail

  13. the nerd says:

    Yikes, I’m a jerk, sorry for missing that! hafsa’s right on, you do have to work pretty quick (though if you’re using a polish specially designed for stamping those tend to not dry quite as quickly so you get a little more time out of the process). I haven’t had a lot of success stamping on a bare nail, but it may be that I’m just crazy oily or something.

  14. AnniCat says:

    Lisa, I did my first stamping yesterday and realized after fighting with it off and on for 2 hours that the discs are coated with a protective plastic coating that you’ve got to remove so the polish will go into the indentations. Randomly found it on a disc listed on Amazon, wasn’t anywhere in the directions or on any of the tutorials I looked at.

    • the nerd says:

      Hi AnniCat! Lisa may be one of the other nail nerds out there (I’m a Meghan) but yikes, sorry you had such trouble! Usually they’ll use a colored plastic covering, like clear blue, so it’s pretty clear that there’s something to remove before use… bummer that whichever plate you got used a clear one/didn’t explain that they’d done so. At least you got it sorted and are on your way!

  15. Savannah says:

    Great, simple tutorial. Quick question. I do all my own gel manicures, would a gel polish work for stamping? I haven’t tried yet. I could always do the stamps in regular polish onto the gel with the clear top coat. Just wondering if you had heard to the stamps working with gel polish.

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