Years back, my mom bought me a nail art stamping kit. I was in high school at the time and didn’t quite get the hang of it and eventually gave it up. Boy, I wish I held onto that kit now. Who would think years later I would find it fun again? Since I’ve picked up nail art again the past year I’ve been visiting the Konad site looking at different sets to try out. They all seemed a little expensive for what I was getting so I held off. It wasn’t until I got a Christmas gift check from my grandpa that I went onto amazon and found a monster bundle pack that gave me a ton of plates to try out, along with a plate holder, stamper and scraper. I suggest you check amazon if you want to try one of these out. This is the set that I bought:
There was a set with 17 plates instead of 21, but for only a few dollars more, I could get a few more designs so why not. I opted to give it a go without the special Konad polish. I think it’s supposed to be thinner than regular polish for easy stamping but the colors are so basic, and other bloggers have mastered stamping with regular polishes, I figured so could I.
Here are the plates that were included:
I’ve been on a glitter polish kick lately and wanted to try a manicure that would be easy and not need additions coats or drying time. For my base color I used Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in “Commander in Chic”. I used Sally Hansen’s Xtreme wear in “Black Out”. Both colors only take one coat for full opacity.
One thing to note is the brush head of the complete salon polish. It has a slightly chiseled tip for precise application. I really hate when I get polish on my cuticles and fingers, I like that this brush helped me get into the curve of the nail bed without getting all over the place.
The process: nail art stamping doesn’t take much, but you will need to make sure the polishes you choose stamp well. I tried this yesterday with a metallic green and gold. Neither showed because they were too thin. Another unsuccessfully attempt happened when I was trying to be too careful and the polish would dry on the stamp before the transfer.
You have to be fairly quick, you can be clean later once you get a good routine down. Make sure you have a cotton pad soaked in nail polish removed ready to clean the scraper,
plate, and stamper between each finger. Finish the design with a shiny fast drying top coat like Seche Vite.
I can’t wait to try the rest of the designs. There are a lot of different ones in this bundle that look cute. Have you tried nail art stamping? Do you have any tips to share? Is there a favorite plate that you like to use?