I have long been a bit nail polish obsessed, and therefore aware of the huge nail art community online. There are literally hundreds of YouTube videos, tutorials, pinterest boards and nail blogs out there! I love browsing the blogs for nail art inspiration and decided recently to invest in some new nail art goodies to play around with. I have been aware of nail art stamping plates for a while but had yet to buy any myself, so I picked up this inexpensive one from etsy to try out the technique!
Nail art stamping plates are thin metal plates with designs etched into them (presumably by a laser). You fill these designs with nail polish, pick up the image on a little silicone stamper tool, and then stamp the designs onto your nails. It sounds more complicated than it is, it is just a bit hard to explain. I'll point you towards this YouTube video to get a better idea of the process.
This was my first time experimenting with doing a complete manicure with this new-to-me technique. I chose to buy this plate in particular because of the little leaves and berries design, so I decided to create my first stamping mani using that pattern.
Since it is seriously fall now, even the weather here has been grey, cold and rainy this week, I decided to go for a darker nail. I used a black polish (Wet n' Wild black creme) for my base color and a green duo-chrome polish for the design (Topshop Hidden Treasure).
Here is my new stamping plate, the design I used for this mani is second from the right in the second row down.
|Paint on your stamping color|
|Scrape over the blob to distribute the polish and squeegee off excess|
|So far I like using an old gift card (or in this case an old sim card thingy) to scrape as it doesn't scratch the pate|
|pick up the design|
|Now it is on your stamper! Stamp it onto your nail before the polish dries!|
|Clean off the stamp between each nail, I binder clipped the cotton ball so I wouldn't ruin my nails|
Before you know it, pretty patterned nails! So far I am loving this technique, I now have a long wishlist of plates I want to add to my nail art tool kit! Though the nail art trend at large is definitely winding down, I am still having a lot of fun decorating my finger tips. Would any of you ever try stamped nail art?