First: I'm a bit sensitive when it comes to stamping motives. I don't necessarily think it looks all that good with a little flower, seemingly randomly stamped onto an equally random nail. I know this probably makes me a little less worth compared to other human beings, but whatever understanding I lack in this field, I try to compensate for in other ways. Still, I have seen quite a few very inventive and nice, layered stampings in my days - double stamped, triple stamped, or even quadruple stamped dammit! - but as soon as I start contemplating how time consuming this must be, I boggle and move the idea to the very back of my poor little head.
Then, I got some nailart supplies provided to me by the Born Pretty Store, among them some stamping essentials. So I decided to try it. So, this is not a post on a pretty Konad or Fauxnad manicure, it's pure documentation of how well - or disastrous - a first attempt may turn out.
This is what I used:
The plate, of typical so called fauxnad character, the stamp and the razor scraper were the items I got from Born Pretty. But since I've heard the razor can damage the plate, and that your average plastic card is much to prefer, I took out an old cinematic gift card, and did the very bold decision to use China Glaze's GR8 for stamping.
Let me tell you, those of you who don't already know this, that it took quite some attempts to get this working. Beeing a rookie, some testing, and some failing, is necessary. I actually managed to remove some failed stampings with my beloved remover pen, not that it turned out perfect, but at least that kept me from redoing my entire manicure.
From about ten or fifteen attempts, I got five stampings on just as many nails! And the gold was of course chosen to go perfectly with my vampy purple OPI Siberian Nights manicure.
And a small close up shot of the little butterfly I used for my index nail:
So, what do you think? Not all that bad for a virgin..? Though I highly prefer the large images that cover entire nails, I'm not sure I'm ballsy enough to try it... Though I do find it tempting, and spent the rest of that very night browsing for image plates.
And the collateral?
Lots of that purrty GR8 wasted. But that's OK.
Swedish word of the day:
stämpel -noun stamp
not to be confused with
frimärke -noun postal stamp
The first one is what's used in situations like these.