Thursday, July 17, 2014

First Attempt at a Stamp Decal

Well, hello there! It has been many moons since my previous post, but I promise I'm still here. I'm not planning on having so many moons between now and the next post,

I had a strong desire to use Geminids from Model City Polish this week. As I rarely use a single polish in my manis, I decided I needed to include a gradient to match. This would normally be plenty, but after watching a stamp decal tutorial (below), I realized I couldn't live without that either. I put all these things together and got this:
Direct sun

Indoor daylight

Arty cat fur backdrop (thanks, Gatsby!)

Unfortunately, I can't find the exact video I watched, but this one from Lucy's Stash is pretty similar to what I did. 

A couple things I did differently: I didn't add top coat on the stamper, but rather, painted a background color, let it dry, and then placed it on my nail over wet base coat. After placing the decal on my nail, I cleaned up around the edges first and then applied top coat. If I applied top coat like she did in the video, I'd surely make a huge mess.

Polishes and tools used for this mani:

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From top left:
Konad Special Stamping Polish - Black
butter LONDON - Royal Navy
Zoya - Robyn
Zoya - Wednesday
Zoya - Arizona
Zoya - Ziv
Model City Polish - Geminids
Orly Bonder (base coat)
Seche Vite (top coat)
Vivid Lacquer squishy stamper and scraper
Beauty sponge (for the gradient)
Mash Plate #39

What do you think? Have you tried this stamp decal method? Questions? Comments? Please post below! This definitely won't be the last time I play with this technique. So much fun!

Thanks for reading :3

All items used in this post are from my personal collection and were not provided for review. All opinions are my own.