Stamping tips and tricks

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I did a stamped mani today and wasn't going to post about it but several people have made comments that they have issues with stamping.

I am going to give some tips and tricks. First of all I want to emphasize that I am not an expert by any means. I have just learned some things that make it easier for me. A good friend who is now a nail tech shared a lot of these tips with me. I do like to give credit where credit is due. If it weren't for Jessica I would have given up on stamping a long time ago.

Zoya Lo with stamping
I think the one of the hardest parts of stamping is finding colors that will work well together. The colors you stamp with will be in a thin layer so the color you would normally get isn't what you will get when you stamp with it.

Apply your base color and then apply a good top coat. This is an important step and I will explain why in a minute.

Allow your nails to dry. I use Seche Vite quick dry and it speeds up the process quite a bit. 

Get your working area ready with your image plates, stamper, polishes for stamping, qtips, non-acetone remover (it's important that it is non-acetone), and a towel.

Apply the polish to the image plate and scrape off with your scraper. Roll the stamper across the image and before you roll it on your finger look at it to make sure the image transferred well. If it didn't, use a qtip and remover to clean it off your stamper and start again. If you don't you won't be happy with it. Don't take to long though. The polish is in a very thin layer and will dry quickly.

Sinful Colors and Sally Hansen Color Quick pens work well for stamping.

Roll across your nail and don't be afraid to use some pressure. Spacing is another part of stamping that is an issue. It just takes practice. 

If you are not happy with the image on your nail take a qtip and non-acetone remover and "erase" it. It will make the top coat dull. But that's okay. It's a lot better than starting over again.

They say to clean your image plate after every stamp. I don't though. I just clean it every few stamps so the polish doesn't build up in the crevice.

I use the towel to wipe off the scraper and the image plate. I keep a special towel just for that purpose. 

Apply another top coat and you are done!

What are your tips?

Happy Polishing!



  1. Thank you for the tips! If I had known the top coat tip, I would have been able to save the stamping fail I did this afternoon. D'oh!

    1. Glad to help someone out. These tips were passed on to me and I like to share.

      Good luck! And be sure to come back and share your tips.

  2. Great tips! I seem to always have trouble on my thumbs. I have small nails, but I swear the images are too small for my thumb and it's next to impossible to line it up and stamp again. I use Bundle Monster plates. It seems like people who stamp always show photos of their fingers and never their thumbs- Am I the only one who has trouble with this?

    1. I also have problems with my thumbs. I have been able to "double" stamp my thumbs. But the spacing is an issue. I don't usually capture my thumb in photos anyway.

      So you aren't alone.

  3. Love the tips. Thank for such an informative post :)

    1. Thanks, I hope the tips help someone. If you have other tips please share.

  4. Thanks for the tips. Another thought on the top coat before stamping. I did a stamping the other day that I wanted to be black and white. However, when I was finished it was black and purple. When I applied my top coat, the black bled through as purple. It looked really pretty but was not the colors that I wanted. I wore it a few days because it was so pretty. Just a note though that you can get bleed through if you dont top coat between....


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