Stamping Shortcuts

A lot goes into stamping.  It’s much more difficult than all the konad enthusiasts, nail polish bloggers, and tv commercials let on.  I have much more respect for stampers now. For real.

I couldn’t keep the stamping straight (I tried so hard!) haha…so I had to add some tiny dots to try to distract… lol.  I hope it worked.

OPI – “Tutti Fruiti Tonga”
Konad plate -  m15 (white special polish)
white acrylic paint dots w/super small dotting tool


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I think this is the most delicate design so far.

Now for the shortcut! 

I realized that I would be using WAY too many paper towels, cotton squares and ENERGY at this pace.  So, I came up with the idea to use an acetone soaked sponge to clean the stamper, scraper and plates…as I stamped. 

The apex of this idea came from the Butterfly!  She suggested I use a soapdish as the container to hold the sponge!!!!!!  This child is a genius.  GENIUS!! It’s the perfect shape and the shallow depth accommodates easy swipes of the plates and holder.  No paper towel or cotton square waste! And when not in use, I can cover the top.  SOLUTION!

Easy Cleanup for Nail Stamping

21 comments on “Stamping Shortcuts

  1. Amanda (Mae) says:

    that really is a good idea. i just keep a soaked cotton ball handy to wipe off the stamp and stamping plate. i have a basket i hold my polishes in so i just set it in there in between stamps. that is a really good idea though might have to try it out 🙂

    • Amanda (Mae) says:

      PS no one for sure tells you that stamping is a B… Everytime I do it, I fail at least a few times.

      • NO ONE SAYS A WORD!!! They just take their pretty stamped pictures and keep skipping to their next stamping adventure. LOL.
        I definitely think “regular” nail art is easier! haha

    • I was tired of all the cotton “lint” too, so I liked this better. My only concern was the acetone evaporating… so I will check tonight and see if having a cover kept it from evaporating. lol

  2. am1ec says:

    O WoW u just made my world a lot easier!!! Off to get a soap dish 🙂 TY 4 sharing!!
    Great idea

  3. Cynthia says:

    This looks so pretty and delicate. I like the combination and the dots keep it interesting. Stamping is just about the only nail art thing that I can actually do well. lol I just soak a lint free cotton bad and wipe my stamper on it after every stamp. Then I use another cotton ball to wipe off my plate between stamps as well. I only use those two for my whole stamping process, but I really like soap dish idea too!

    • Well, I admire your skill Cynthia!! I still have to PRACTICE to get a grip on stamping. 🙂 You probably don’t have to fix as many mistakes as me, so two little cotton balls work for you. One day…. one day.

  4. rujomama says:

    Ahhhh yup that is genius!!! Heading to the dollar store!

  5. […] but honestly, I am still working on getting my technique down. I did use a great >>> idea <<< by Polish2Times – the sponge in a soap dish. I didn't have an extra sponge […]

  6. stacey says:

    Being a slob and getting polish all over the place, this is am amazing idea. Glad I found this on Pinterest.

  7. Johanna says:

    Did you know that you can use a lint roller to clean the stamper. It’s better, it keeps the stamper sticky. Try it

  8. jeanette says:

    Does anyone know about cheap polish that work for stamping

  9. Patty says:

    I found that the acetone made my latex stamper gummy and in need of replacement quickly. Does non-acetone remover work also?

    • jeanette says:

      Don’t use polish remover on the stamper. Use a sticky lint remover it works really well.

    • Becca says:

      Oh no..Don’t use any thing but a sticky paper lintroller it works the best. Also saves your stamper gelie. Acetone for plates only. If it breaks down nail gel it will eat your stamper gel after awhile.

  10. Shantel says:

    Thanks for the tips. I’m new to stamping I just got my first stamper and plates. Wish me luck😉

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