Monday, March 11, 2013

All About Nail Stamping

Nail art is really popular right now, as you probably know. I'm not artistic enough to do a freehand design, but I am a huge fan of nail stamping. I found out about nail stamping on accident a couple of years ago. I was watching a craft tutorial on YouTube and the vlogger had stamped nails. She briefly made mention of them at the beginning of the video, so I Googled the technique and bought a starter kit.

I did it a few times and then forgot about it. And then after Harry was born I hardly ever painted my nails. Hand washing bottles twice a day was torture on my hands and the nail polish never lasted more than a couple days. But now that Harry's older I'm starting to get back in to nail polish, and nail stamping.

If you're interested in trying nail stamping for yourself, here's a quick break down of everything you'll need.

how to nail stamp

  • Stuff you probably have lying around your house: nail polish remover, Q-tips and paper towels.
  • Nail plates. I have a few from Konad (the inventors of nail stamping) and recently purchased a set from Cheeky Beauty. The Cheeky plates are so inexpensive compared to the Konad ones and work just as well in my opinion. Here's a close up of some of my plates.
  • Scraper and stamper. I have this set from Konad
  • Special nail polish. I really like the Konad nail polish, I have it in white and black. Some nail stampers will say the special nail polish isn't necessary, but I've gotten much better results when I've used it. This nail polish is thicker and slower drying than regular polishes.
Nail stamping is a pretty easy process. Here's how it's done.

  1. Using special nail polish, paint over chosen design on stamping plate.
  2. Take nail scraper and scrape away excess polish over design.
  3. Press nail stamper over plate to pick up the design.
  4. Stamp on to your nails (sorry I couldn't get a picture of me doing it)
Here's the finished look! Ant picked out the design and I used Essie's Mink Muffs as the base color.

Here are some nail stamping tips!
  • Make sure you clean off the plate, stamper and scraper in between each nail with a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover. If the plates aren't clean the lines of the design won't be as crisp and you risk loosing some of it when you go to pick it up with the stamper.
  • Work fast! Even though the special nail polish is slow drying, it'll still dry within a minute or so because the layer on the plate is so thin.
  • If you don't have a scraper, an old credit card will do the job. 
  • When stamping, don't put the stamp straight down on your nail. Start on one side of your nail and gently roll the stamp towards the other side.
Any other nail stampers out there?


  1. I have actually never heard of nail stamping before, but this seems kind of awesome (even though I pretty much never paint my nails). I might need to look into this!

    Thanks for linking up with Lazy Sunday :)

    1. I don't think it's very popular, but I love it!

  2. Of course the right professional will make a big difference but this depends on the difficulty level of the design that is being implemented since basic designs can easily be done by oneself but the more advanced level designs need an experienced professional to get the intricate designs right. carimbo para unhas


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