I’m back today with something new to me: stamping with holographic powder. When I read about it I thought it sounded interesting enough. So I bumped another holiday design to give it a shot. Are you ready to hear about it?
I saw a design in a recent Bundle Monster email and clicked through to see how it was done. In this case, 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.
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.
Next, I used Clear Straight Vinyls from Polished Vino to section off the bottom 2/3 of my nail. Then I polished with Different Dimensions Naughty (red) and Nice (green) and finished with Girly Bits Polish Matte’rs matte topcoat. And finally, 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.
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.
Next, I applied stamping polish to the image, scraped, rolled the stamper over it and pressed it onto my nail. Then 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.
In between nails, I cleaned my stamper with a lint roller and washed it with warm water when I finished stamping. To finish the look, I added 1mm Silver Glitter Tape from Chez Delaney in between the 2 colors.
⇒ Note that 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. So I plan to do further testing when I have more time to try to find a topcoat solution.
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.