December 19, 2016

Naughty or Nice: Holographic Powder Stamped Nail Art

I'm back today with something new to me: stamping with holographic powder. It sounded interesting enough when I read about it that I bumped another holiday design to give it a shot. Ready to hear about it? 

Products Used: Floss Gloss 1080Pearl, Different Dimension Naughty, Different Dimension Nice, Different Dimension Ghost of Jupiter, Girly Bits Polish Matte'rs, What's Up Nails Holographic Powder, What's Up Nails B003 stamping plate, Mundo de Unas Military Green, Mundo de Unas Reddish, Clear Jelly Stamper

I saw a design in a recent Bundle Monster email and clicked through to see how it was done. It turns out the creator used holographic powder on a stamper with stamping polish. The idea is similar to 'double process stamping' where only a portion of what is on the stamper ends up on the nail. I wasn't sure if this was going to work out so I didn't spend the time on progress photos. Sorry! I'll explain the best I can.

Products Used: Floss Gloss 1080Pearl, Different Dimension Naughty, Different Dimension Nice, Different Dimension Ghost of Jupiter, Girly Bits Polish Matte'rs, What's Up Nails Holographic Powder, What's Up Nails B003 stamping plate, Mundo de Unas Military Green, Mundo de Unas Reddish, Clear Jelly Stamper
I started with 2 coats of Floss Gloss 1080PEARL on all nails followed by Glisten & Glow HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat. I thought this color would look white and the silver was a bit of a surprise but not in a bad way.

Products Used: Floss Gloss 1080Pearl, Different Dimension Naughty, Different Dimension Nice, Different Dimension Ghost of Jupiter, Girly Bits Polish Matte'rs, What's Up Nails Holographic Powder, What's Up Nails B003 stamping plate, Mundo de Unas Military Green, Mundo de Unas Reddish, Clear Jelly Stamper
Next I used Clear Straight Vinyls from Polished Vino to section off the bottom 2/3 of my nail. I polished with Different Dimensions Naughty (red) and Nice (green) and finished with Girly Bits Polish Matte'rs matte topcoat. I added an accent nail with Different Dimensions Ghost of Jupiter, which contains iridescent red to green color-shifting glitters.

The matte lacquer topcoat is essential to this process. The area to be stamped needs to have a matte finish and it does not work with matte gel topcoat.

Products Used: Floss Gloss 1080Pearl, Different Dimension Naughty, Different Dimension Nice, Different Dimension Ghost of Jupiter, Girly Bits Polish Matte'rs, What's Up Nails Holographic Powder, What's Up Nails B003 stamping plate, Mundo de Unas Military Green, Mundo de Unas Reddish, Clear Jelly Stamper
Once dry I covered the top 1/3 of my nail with tape to protect it from stamping. It won't work right but it will leave a mess on the shiny finish. Then I dipped a fingertip into my What's Up Nails Holographic Powder and rubbed the powder onto the head of my Clear Jelly Stamper 'The Crystal Clear'

⇒ Since Holographic Powder is pricey I chose to use my smallest clear jelly stamper.

Products Used: Floss Gloss 1080Pearl, Different Dimension Naughty, Different Dimension Nice, Different Dimension Ghost of Jupiter, Girly Bits Polish Matte'rs, What's Up Nails Holographic Powder, What's Up Nails B003 stamping plate, Mundo de Unas Military Green, Mundo de Unas Reddish, Clear Jelly Stamper
Next I applied stamping polish to the image, scraped, rolled the stamper over it and pressed it onto my nail. I used coordinating stamping polish colors, Mundo de Unas Reddish and Military Green, in case of show through but my end result was all holographic. 

I cleaned my stamper with a lint roller in between nails and washed it with warm water when I finished stamping. I added 1mm Silver Glitter Tape from Chez Delaney in between the 2 colors.

⇒ I didn't finish my nails with topcoat. I tested HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat and Nfu-Oh Aqua Base and both ruined the holo effect. I plan to do further testing when I have more time to try to find a topcoat solution. 

Product Recap Photo
Product Recap:
(L to R from top row)
Floss Gloss 1080PEARL
Different Dimension Nice
Different Dimension Ghost of Jupiter
Girly Bits Polish Matte'rs
What's Up Nails Holographic Powder
What's Up Nails B003 Stamping Plate
Mundo de Unas Military Green (48)
Mundo de Unas Reddish (32)
Clear Straight Vinyl Variety from Polished Vino
Chez Delaney 1mm Silver Glitter tape (not shown)
Clear Jelly Stamper 'The Crystal Clear' (not shown)

I was sad that I couldn't get any sun shots as I know the rainbows would have been crazy. Fortunately I was able to catch a few with daylight bulbs. 

I would love to hear your thoughts on this design. The technique was surprisingly easy to do and, unlike the holographic stamping polishes I own, it worked consistently. I'd like to try it with some of my chrome powders for a look you can't achieve with stamping polish. Is this a technique that you would try?

Thanks for reading! I'll see you at the next post.

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