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:
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:
Then use the scraper to pull off the excess:
And follow that by rolling the stamper over the polish which will transfer like so:
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!