Konad Nail Art Stamping: first attempt

konad nail art stamping

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:

Bundle Monster Nail Art Polish Stamping Manicure Image Plate Kit 25pc

Konad Stamping Nail Art Image Plate Holder

Konad Nail Art Double Ended Stamper And Scraper

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:

image plates for nail art stamping

image plates for nail art stamping

image plates for nail art stamping

image plates for nail art stamping

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.

Sally Hansen Commander in Chic

sally hansen commander in chic

Sally Hansen Black Out

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.

nail art stamping results

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?

[How to] Clean Up A Manicure In Three Ways

Hey Everyone, I always have trouble cleaning up my manicures and I’ve been trying to gather tips on how to make it look as clean and presentable as possible. I think many of us could benefit from a little instruction, and if you have any tips that work for you, please share! Enjoy!

Method two:  Sally Hansen No More Mistakes Manicure Clean up Pen. See here

These wonderful little pens are perfect for minor touch-ups and lighter polish.  I made the mistake of using it for darker colors and had difficulty using it later on.  Still good to have on hand and come with refillable tips.

Method two:  Nail Polish Remover and a brush

I love the little glass dipping cup that they have at manicure shops.  I went ahead and got one of my own for my own manicures.  Here I use a little acetone and a nail art brush in a chisel tip and point tip to clean around the edges.  Brushes are good for major goofs and getting underneath the nail.

Method three: Nail Polish Remover and an Orange Stick

By far, the best way to clean up the cuticle and make a clean, professional manicure.  Dip the orange stick in the nail polish remover or acetone and trace the cuticle along the nail bed.  This one requires the most pressure put on the nail/skin. A Ginormous thanks (for the hot tip) to the Owner of Kell’s DIY Nails on Facebook. 😉

Voila, A New Clean Manicure…..

OPI Teenage Dream and Zoya Roxy

Do you have Manicure clean up tips that work really well for you?  Please share, we all could use the extra advice 🙂

It was an artsy fartsy sunday…

Yes, today was a day of being absolutely lazy other than having fun making jewelry and doing my nails. I drove out to a bead store to get supplies to try out this DIY bracelet that I had seen on another website. They have a ton of other bracelets that I would like to try out but today i wanted to practice a easy one. Glad I did because I plan on having a little get together with the girls to make some of these. Gotta make sure we weren’t setting ourselves up for an afternoon of frustration.

Voila! Everyday Wrap Bracelets!

These were fairly simply to make. It took me about an hour to make two bracelets; one double wrap and one single wrap. It also didn’t cost much to do. For two bracelets it cost me around $10.00 and I still have some left over linen cord for future bracelets. I would like to make this with an actual clasp the next time around because once I got the single loop bracelet on, it was a pain to try and get off.

I decided to redo my nails because I painted them yesterday and hated how they turn out. I wanted to do a simple line design

Hair receiving this but took bleached.

on my nails but duh! Forgot that I can’t draw well with my right had, only my left so one turned out well and the other turned out horrible. I decided to do a water marbeling instead with a new silver polish I got.

Water Marbeling in steps

Your going to need to prep your nails with a base coat, and base polish color. I chose to use Sally Hansen’s Celeb City for my base color to go on top of Sally Hansen’s Diamond Strength Nail Hardener. The more I use this stuff, the better my nails look even without polish. I also used a Orly Ridge Filler on one nail that had peeled a little and was uneven. One coat was all I needed.

After letting your base color completely dry. You need to choose your marbleing colors (2-3), get a bowl or cup with room temp water, a handful of cotton swabs, olive oil, a tooth pick or pin, and nail polish remover.

First you coat your finger tips (one hand at a time) and coat the finger EXCEPT THE NAIL with olive oil. You are doing this to prevent excess nail polish from sticking to your skin. It will make clean up easier.

After that, line up your marbling colors and make your first drop of polish into the water. You want it to drop lightly onto the water surface and spread out a little. It may look like it just thins out in the water but trust me, it’s there. I usually use about 2 drops of each color. I put the drops directly on

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top of each other so they create rings of color in the water. You have to do this fairly quickly. Don’t rush yourself, but if you wait too long it will dry and become a waste.

Once you have put in all the drops of color, take a pin, or a nail art tool to drag across the design. You can wiggle the pin around to create all kinds of swirls in the color. Next your going to dip your finger covered in olive oil *nail bed down or face down* into the water to capture the swirl onto the nail. Once your fingertip is underwater, blow slightly on the water surface to get the polish to dry. Stick a cotton swap into the water and twirl it around to collect the skin of polish. You can now take your finger out of the water and use a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover to clean your finger. Be sure to get underneath the nail if your nails are long or it will feel gross and dirty.

Once you clean all the extra polish off you can go to the next finger. Repeat for each finger. After allowing both hands to dry, you can follow with a nice top coat to seal in your design. The swirl is thin compared to what you brushed on so protect all your hard work with a clear top coat. I used Seche Vite.

Sally Hansen Nail Hardener, Orly Ridge Filler, Sally Hansen Celeb City, Wet N Wild 485C, Sally Hansen Blue me Away, Sally Hansen Ivy League, Seche Vite Top Coat

water marbeling, water nail design, nail art, water swirl nails

I also did my toes….. 🙂

Well, its getting late but I was dying to post all of this tonight! Would love to know what you think! Or if you have any pretty nail designs to share. I’d love to hear about them!

By the way, have you seen my other nail designs on my facebook page? You can find them here.