Creating Nail Art Using Stamps

It’s official: I’m a nail art nerd.  It started innocently enough–a favorite blogger of mine linked to a photo of an awesome manicure.  I followed the link…right down into the rabbit hole.  For someone who loves having her nails manicured at all times and requires a lot of creative outlets (writing, sewing, cooking, styling), this was quite the discovery.  To follow, my first three attempts at nail stamping.  Stamping requires a metal plate with a design carved out of it.  You apply polish to the negative area, scrape away the excess, roll the image onto a rubber stamp, then transfer it to your nail.  Next week I’m going to post a tutorial, but for today, simply enjoy the view!


I was pretty scared for my first attempt–which is dumb, I know–it’s just nail polish.  So I used a really small flower image which seemed less intimidating that something that would cover my whole nail.  First I applied China Glaze Man Hunt.  Then I used Bundle Monster plate BM-311.  On my pointer, middle, and pinky fingers I used Konad white nail polish for the flower design.  On my ring finger and thumb I used China Glaze Passion for the flowers.  I also used a dotting tool to put some contrasting dots around the flowers (white dots next to the gold flowers; gold dots next to the white flowers).


The base color here is Rimmel Steel Grey.  Then I applied Konad black nail polish to Bundle Monster plate BM-322 which has a houndstooth pattern.  And voila!  One of the season’s hottest patterns right there on my fingertips.

You can see the houndstooth pattern on the top in this shot.


For this manicure I used China Glaze Liquid Leather.  I used Barry M nail polish in Lilac Foil over the paisley print on Bundle Monster plate BM-315.  The lilac foil didn’t show up as lilac.  It showed up as silver instead, but I still love how it looks.  This is probably my favorite of the designs I’ve tried.

Here you can see the paisley image on the left side, under my thumb.

Stay tuned for next week’s post on how to achieve these unique manicures!

2 Responses to “Creating Nail Art Using Stamps”
  1. Amber Dillon says:

    Beth, those are so fantastic! I can’t wait to see the tutorial; I have to admit it looks a little intimidating!

  2. Sarah says:

    I love the houndstooth. Looking forward to the tutorial!