This is how I made my Panda stamped decals!
Things you’ll need
- Something plastic, I use the lid of a cotton bud box, but anything plastic, shiny, transparent and flexible (that you don’t mind covering in nail polish) should do.
- Clear nail polish or top coat, make sure it’s not the fast dry stuff or you won’t be able to remove your decals from the plastic! I used Color Club Top coat.
- Stamping stuff! plate, stamper, scraper and stamping polish. I used BM-424 from Bundle Monster and Konad Special Polish In Black
- Thin nail art brush.
- nail polish (one coat/high pigment polish works best) I chose Ivory Skull From Sally Hansen
- Fingernails! 😛
- And quite a bit of time.
cotton bud lid + nail polish
Start off by painting squares or rectangles of clear polish directly onto your plastic surface, you want them to be a little bit larger than the image you are going to be using, then leave them until dry.
Sorry about the rubbish picture! My camera really protested about photographing clear stuff on clear stuff
Stamp the image you want to use on to the dry polish rectangles! I find it easier to hold my plastic lid upside down and line up the image by looking through the polish.
I have found that the best kind of image to use for making stamped decals are ones with an outline and not a huge amount filled in.
paint by numbers
Now you can start colouring in! Using a thin brush you’ll want to very gently dab the polish on, if you use brush strokes you can smudge the stamped image
If you are worried about doing that you can add another coat of the clear polish on top of the stamp and leave it to dry before painting it.
Oh and keep your Acetone close by, the thin nail art brush will dry out really quickly!
see the bits i missed
I like to hold mine up to a light source to check for bits I missed and then add a few more dabs of polish to cover them!
With this technique you’ll end up with a decal that’s the opposite way round to the image on the stamping plate.
trim off the extra polish
When your decals are dry (I leave mine for at least a couple of hours) they should be easily removed from the plastic, I peel them off with my nail but you could always use tweezers.
Then with some scissors carefully trim off the excess clear polish.
stick it on
To stick your decal to your nail I like to press mine on to almost dry polish and very gently press it down, then add a coat of topcoat to seal it in. But be really careful, as you won’t be able to reposition the image once it’s on your nail,
Here’s a picture of it all finished!
My original pink panda post is here
I hope I have managed to explain this technique clearly enough! 🙂 but I’ll be more than happy to answer any other questions about it!
18 Comments | tags: Bundle Monster, Essie, Glitter, Holographic, Konad special polish, Nail Art, Nail polish, Nail Stamping, Nail Varnish, nailpolish, no7, Pink, Sally Hansen, Stamped Decal, Tutorial | posted in Nail Art, Nail Stamping, Tutorials
The weather has been so horrid recently, all grey and miserable. So I decided that painting some bright sparkly nails would cheer myself up! 😀
Pink Panda Nails ( and yes my hand is upside down)
I don’t think that you could get much more bright and sparkly than this! 😀
I started by making the Pandas using the Stamping Decal technique, using Bundle Monster Plate BM-424. Using Konad special polish black and Sally Hansen-Ivory Skull along with my Color Club topcoat.
While they where drying I applied two coats of Essie-Tour De Finance, followed by one very thin coat of No7- Sparkling Silver, I only have a tiny bit left and this polish was discontinued years ago (cries) but I have found the closest Polish like it, Fairy Dust from China Glaze!
Podgy Panda On My Thumb
I used more of the top coat to stick the Decals to my nails, lucky it’s not a fast drying one, as I had to poke them around a bit to get them into the right place! And then squash them a bit to get an annoying bubble out from underneath
The Bamboo image was also on Bundle Monster Plate BM-424 and again I used Konad SP in black.
I still haven’t found a better black stamping polish than the Konad one. I know that Moyou have recently brought out a range of stamping polishes but I haven’t seen any good reviews
I finished them all of with another coat of Color Club topcoat. Amazingly it covered up all the little crinkles and fingerprints from my poking and squishing!
After having a play about with the stamping decal technique I really think it’s something I’m going to be doing a lot more of! It’s so much fun and it’s really opened up a whole new dimension to using stamping plates! I might even write a tutorial about it… But I think I need a bit more practice first! 🙂
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Has it really been over a week since my last post? Ooops! I guess I was so wrapped up in Christmas and other stuff that I didn’t even notice!
Anyway I hope your Christmas has been wonderful and filled with shiny things!
For this I started with two coats of Barielle Shades Grape Escape, which is a lovely purple creme followed by two coats of Orly Can’t Be Tamed, Large purple hex and smaller silver hex glitter in a clear base. It’s a really pretty polish but I found that it needed a lot of dabbing to get an even coat of the glitter.
This ended up as a stamped skittle mani because I just couldn’t decide on what I wanted to do!
I used Bundle Monster CYO set, BM-408 for my Thumb, BM-412 on my Middle Finger, BM-411 for the index finger (mutters about the image not being straight) and BM-423 for my ring and pinky fingers! and finished it off with a thick coat of Seche Vite.
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For this I started with a sponged gradient of Blackened Bleu a black jelly with blue and green glitter from Barielle Shades, Ciao Bella which is the dark blue shimmer with blue glitter and Gorgeous a teal metallic both from Sinful colors.
The stamping plate is BM-401 from Bundle Monster.
I used Konad special stamping polish in black for the image and a coat of Seche Vite
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Yay! my finger has nearly healed! I had a nasty washing up accident and It’s been looking horrible for days
I found my bottle of Twisted from Urban Decay while I was tidying up! 😀 And I couldn’t wait to show you all!
Urban Decay Twisted
Look at the lovely gold sparklyness! I have to say that this is one of the few gold shades that I like, I’m not a big fan of yellow shades, This is more of an antique gold, there’s no metallic yellow here 😀
I was just going to do a quick swatch of this polish but then my Bundle Monster plates arrived! and I couldn’t wait to play with them! I Chose the CYO set, there are so many interesting images, completely different to any other BM collections!
Twisted With BM-406
Look! the images are just the right size for my finger nails *happy dance* I’ll do a full review of the set soon! 😀
3 Comments | tags: Black, Bundle Monster, Bundle Monster CYO, Gold, Konad special polish, Nail Art, Nail Stamping, Nail Varnish, nailpolish, Seche Vite, Urban Decay, Urban Decay Twisted | posted in Nail Art, Nail Stamping, Swatches