14 October 2012

My First (Successful) Stamping

I really enjoyed Zoya Dove on its own for a couple of days, but Jenni Lee got me thinking about what I could do on top of it. And since it seemed as good a time as any to give stamping another try, I went with the ink splatter on Konad plate m21.

Konad stamp m21 ink splatter


Ermagerd! It worked! Sort of. But I'm not going to complain because "not a total failure" was a HUGE step forward for me!

I really do think this is the perfect stencil for learning how to stamp. Previously I'd tried larger, more detailed patterns that, if you mess them up, leave the whole nail completely ruined. With this one, though, it's okay if you get it a little messy because it's all a-splatter anyway!

Konad stamp m21 ink splatter

You also don't have to worry about getting this one perfectly centered or lining it up facing just the right way because the whole point is for it to look random and jumbled up. There's a spot on my ring finger where I somehow managed to get only about half a blob of black on there, and I don't even care. From any distance at all it looked great! The same goes for having smudged it a little with my top coat. All the little flaws actually worked with the design, and instead of being all frustrated and tossing my stamping stuff in a drawer for another month and a half, I'm looking forward to trying it again soon.

Konad stamp m21 ink splatter

The biggest thing I figured out since my last attempt was not to press too hard when you're applying the stamp to your nail. I was, like, mashing it on there as if it were an ink stamp, and it just pulled the polish back up again when I lifted the stamper away. Once I quit that and just rolled it onto the surface--like every tutorial says you're supposed to do, but I apparently couldn't be bothered to listen--it started working great.

I used Konad special polish red, black, and white for this mani, which are the only three I bought at first. Now I'm looking at what other polishes I have that might work for stamping, what other Konad polishes I might want to get, and what other plates I'd like to try next because now that I've started to wrap my head around the basics of stamping, it's really a lot of fun!

43 comments:

  1. This looks great! I love the colors you used too!

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  2. That is awesome! And now I so need that plate! lol! You picked great colours for this, btw!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lindsey! This was definitely a fun stamp to use, and there are some really cute little flowers on the rest of the plate too. :)

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  3. I love this mani! Love the stamp too!

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  4. That's a stamp? Dang! Looks great! And congrats on the success - stamping is HARD.

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    1. Thank you, Sharra!! I think once I get my brain wrapped around it a little better it won't be as hard, but trying to get all the details right while you're trying to work quickly too--it's nerve-wracking! >_<

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  5. This looks really cool - I am glad that you haven't given up on stamping! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I definitely have a LOT of room to improve, but it was nice to get an encouraging result for a change! ;)

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  6. Nice job. I have tried stamping so many times and only ever had a few turn out nice. These look great! Love you color combo also.

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  7. LOVE this! I've yet to try stamping again. I failed horribly my first few attempts.

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    1. Thanks, Jen! Augh, my first few attempts were an unmitigated disaster, which is exactly why I chose this stamp to use this time. Looks messy? Excellent! ;o)

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  8. These are gorgeous! I nee dthis stamp!

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    1. It was a really fun and low-pressure one to work with--thank you very much!

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  9. I love this mani! My first stamping set is on its way to me from the Born Pretty store. I can't wait to try it!

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    1. Ooh, I hope you enjoy it, Jamie! Thanks!!

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  10. Love it!! I would have guessed this was a splatter mani because it looks so perfectly done. :)

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Chelsea!! You should have seen my actual splatter mani attempt--it was like a rainbow-coloured crime scene. >_<

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  11. That ink splatter is a really cool pattern! I haven't gotten into stamping yet, I haven't had the time. You did a really nice job. When I finally get to stamping I'll keep in mind not to press too hard like you said. I'm a bit heavy handed so I can totally see myself doing that! LOL. Anyways, thanks for the shout out!

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    1. Thank you very much, Jenni Lee! And hee, you're welcome! Yeah, I totally mashed it like I was ink stamping, but once I figured that one out it got a LOT easier. ^_^

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  12. You did a fabulous job!!!! This looks awesome!

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  13. awesome, i need to get my hands on this plate :D

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    1. Thanks! It's a fun one to work with! :)

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  14. Great job! Good combination of colours! :-)

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  15. This is just too perfect! I love it! Reminds me of the mafia ;)

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    1. Aw, you say the sweetest things! (^_-)

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  16. I think you did an amazing job! My stamping efforts are truly sad in comparison. lol

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    1. Thank you very much! Honestly, if you look closely at all you can see where it's all kinds of smudged and scratched and half-stamped and everything, but that's why I loved this one so much as a starter stamp. ;)

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  17. A graffiti on fingernails. Very cool and unique. It is beautiful. I like the way that it is done. Very neat. You can even have a shirt designed like this and it will certainly look good. Got to have me a fingernail stamp too. :)
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