First off, I am sorry if you are having trouble learning to stamp your nails. I had a terrible time myself, struggling for months and giving up many times, figuring it just wasn’t meant to be. During this time, I watched a ton of videos on YouTube created by some of the most experienced stampers. I picked up bits and pieces from all of them. And ultimately I learned that there are several ways to perform each step in the stamping process. Some of them worked for me, some didn’t, and I added my own twist to a few. So I created these videos to show you every way I know of to do each step, and how to do them with more than one tool.
Before we get started, this is a good time to review my 1st Stamping 101 post Know THIS Before You Spend $1 on Stamping to ensure you have the right tools for the job. It covers things like picking the right plates for your nails, choosing a stamper, and stamping polish options.
I’d like to share a few tips (and a little humor) that I would have found helpful in the beginning:
- Expect that stamping will be difficult. You’ll be pleasantly surprised when it ends up being easier and exceeds your expectations.
- Stop for the day, or at least step away for a while, when you get frustrated. Nothing is going to work right once you’re aggravated.
- Don’t take out the trash on days you’ve decided to throw away all of your stamping supplies. I am fairly certain you’ll want to try again. 🙂
I have divided the videos into 5 segments. If you are only having trouble in one or two areas you can scroll right to those segments. I have also compiled them into a single video so you can just kick back for about 15 minutes and watch it uninterrupted.
Priming Your Stamper
How to Swipe/Scrape
Here I will touch on every aspect of scraping. From how much nail polish to apply, how to hold the scraper and how much pressure to use. I will be demonstrating using multiple stamping plates and different types of scrapers.
Picking Up an Image
Stamping an Image
The Finishing Touches
The Complete Video
Here is the consolidated video including all 5 segments. Since you may have scrolled here directly, this is a short overview of the techniques you’ll find in each section:
- Priming Your Stamper – I will help you determine if your stamper needs to be primed. If so, I’ll be showing you how to do it with a Magic Eraser sponge.
- How to Swipe/Scrape – Here I will touch on every aspect of swiping. From how much nail polish to apply, how to hold the scraper and how much pressure to use.
- Picking Up an Image – Next I will show you how to pick up an image 2 different ways using 2 different stampers.
- Stamping an Image – Here I will show you 5 different ways to stamp an image onto your fingernail. Demonstrated using multiple stamping plates and 2 different stampers.
- The Finishing Touches – In this final bonus video, I’ll show you how to clean up and apply topcoat without smearing your designs.
Priming with Nail Files
Here’s my YouTube video that covers Priming Your Stamper with Nail Files. Done carefully, slowly and gently it is an effective, old school way to prepare your stamper. I used this method many times successfully before Magic Erasers came along.
And there you have it. All of the techniques I that I learned along the way that made stamping possible for me. I hope something you read or saw in the videos makes it work for you too! If so, it would be an honor if you shared your first stamping photo with me in the Comments section below! If you would like to purchase any of the items I used please see the list below.
I don’t want to burst your bubble when you just got it working. But you need to know that there will be bumps along the way. Sometimes your “tried and true stamper” and “go to scraper” won’t work with a particular plate, as you saw in my scraping video. I go over the steps I take when I run into trouble in my problem-solving post End The Frustration! Start Stamping Now.
I would be happy to answer any questions you have in the Comments section or you can email me directly at [email protected]. I reply to all comments and emails as quickly as possible.
Here is some information about where to buy some of the products I used in the video.Magic Eraser sponge – available at supermarkets, drugstores, and Amazon.com
Messy Mansion stamper heads – http://www.messymansion.com.au/
Dashica Infinity plates – http://www.dashicabeautyshop.nl/
MoYou London plates – http://www.moyou.co.uk/
Bundle Monster plates – http://www.bundlemonster.com/
Mundo de Unas polish – http://www.mundodeunas.com/
HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat – http://glistenandglow.bigcartel.com/
Seche Vite Topcoat is available at Sally’s and many online shops.