I FINALLY settled on the center image from Konad plate – m8…after hours of polishing, stamping, removing, retrying, cleaning, repolishing, restamping, RE-removing….etc.. lol
But I couldn’t put it on all my nails because I realized I have no clue what this symbol means/says!!!!!
If you know what this says, LET ME KNOW!!!! . I’d like to be “in the know” if I ever use this image again.
Anyway, it looks like tiles from my computer Mahjong game. And now I feel inspired to go play a round.
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri – “Silver Sweep”
You know you wanna play too!
I feel like a florist.
China Glaze – “Gothic Lolita”
Konad Plate – m9
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
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
The Butterfly and I hung out. Of COURSE we did our nails…and practiced more stamping! And this stamping thing definitely takes practice.
She chose a really pretty blue: OPI – “What’s With The Cattitude”
Konad plate – m4
I finally settled on a color to match my dress for the party I attended later that evening. (The Butterfly picked out my shoes).
OPI – “Black Onyx”
Konad plate – m54
And we didn’t even use the butterfly stamps at all?!?!?
I can see this stamping thing getting out of hand very quickly. lol
I am in love with the idea of stamping now. So many choices!! I’ve used my stamping kit twice – TWO TIMES – and I have already started searching for more plates. I’ll have them ordered by the end of next week, I’m sure of it. This will be fun!
China Glaze – “Concrete Catwalk”
circle: OPI – “So Many Clowns…So Little Time”
Konad Plate – m36
I dragged my mother into my manicure practice. Surprisingly (PLEASANTLY), she went all the way in…. and even let me practice stamping. YAYYYYY!
OPI – “Bubble Bath”
Konad Plate – m4 & m21
Okay, Normally I don’t do this… *B2K/R. Kelly remix voice* (yes, that’s a link, lol)
but Amazon got me!!!! I was looking for nail tapes… which I, in fact, did order, but they haven’t arrived….. I think they are coming from somewhere in Hong Kong. The Konad Stamper kit and plates arrived much more quickly.
OPI – “Gouda Gouda Two Shoes”
I was against doing my own stamping and resisted this purchase…. but all things in time, I suppose. Here I am practicing my first stamping mani. Starting off gently:
I do love it already! The Butterfly and I are going to have a BLAST doing manicures with this!
One day I may graduate to the mind-blowing stamping that heartNAT does. Her creations are works of pure art! For example:
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~~Happy 4th of July!!!~~