Nail Stamping Tutorial

Difficulty - Beginner

Nail stamping is amazing! There are literally hundreds of image plates to choose from and sometimes you can find them on ebay for a very good price. The main manufactuer is Konad but there is also Bundle Monster. If you're looking to buy, your best bet is Ebay and Amazon. You can find nail stamping image plates on Amazon for half the price of the other sites. I paid too much for my sets...don't get burned!

What you need to get started is an image plate, a stamper and scraper and a "konad special polish". You can buy starter kits that include all the basics for around $20. It may seem like a lot of buying tools and accessories but the result is so worth it. You can create looks beyond your wildest dreams and the best part's fast! For this tutorial I used Konad Plate M57, a must-have in my opinion.

Nail Stamping Tutorial
Nail Stamping Tutorial

For a more advanced technique, try more than one color!
Nail Stamping Tutorial

Tips & Tricks

  • You don't have to use konad special polishes. What makes them so special is that they are very, very opaque. Any polish that goes on opaque with one coat should work. Try out some polishes in your collection and see how they work, I've had good results with Sally Hansen Nail FX.
  • Lost your scraper? Don't fret, a gift card will do the trick.
  • Work fast! The polish starts to dry as soon as you paint it on the plate.
  • Try and try again. As first, I couldn't for the life of me get my stamps to line up properly on my nails. You will get better with practise.
  • When applying your top coat, use good amount and don't brush it over and over. Do one clean swipe, and do a second coat when dry if you need to.
  • Hold the scraper at a 45 degree angle when you scrape.
  • You don't neccesarily have to clean your stamper and plate in between each nail. Use your judgement.
  • Feeling a bit confused? Watch my video tutorial to wrap your head around it all. Skip ahead to 6:30 to get to the nail stamping.

Get Inspired

Konad M62 stamped with Konad Black
Konad M62
Stamped with Barry M Gold Foil
Konad M45
Stamped with Konad White
Konad M62
Konad M66
Konad M66
Inspired by Dieo Binetti
Konad M67
Stamped with Konad Black
Konad M67

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Still have some questions? Send me an email and I'll talk you through any problems you're having. Happy nail stamping!

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