Stamping nail art tutorial II - with Konad image plate and O.P.I. Don't Pretzel My Buttons

OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons swatch
Did you get all the stamping nail art gear I had suggested (see here)? Good, now find your flat surface and let's get started with the stamping process.

1. Apply your base coat

For me, this is Rimmel All White Now at the moment. I'm on my second bottle and you can read the review here.
OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons swatch

2. Apply your base colour

While stamping, it is best to see that the base colour contrasts nicely with the stamping colour you're going to use. Who wants black stamped over black? I have used O.P.I. Don't Pretzel My Buttons, a neutral beige creme polish that looks yellower in the sunlight, from O.P.I.'s Germany Collection. It is best to apply two coats of the base colour. You'll know why as you read on. Photos taken in natural light (where you can see pinkish tones) or direct sunlight (yellower tones) respectively.
OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons swatch

3. Wait for the base colour to dry thoroughly

No, not just touch-dry. You say you can bite your fingernail without leaving a mark? Nope, wait for another 10 minutes. That thoroughly.

4. Apply a top coat

This is an optional step. But like your second coat, it will come in handy if you make a mistake. Keep reading to find out how.

5. Deep breath.

China Glaze Heart Of Africa 6. Get your stamping polish out

I'll do a detailed post of which polishes you can use. For this tutorial, I've picked China Glaze Heart of Africa as I want you to see this with a non-Konad polish. However, it was only after I began stamping that I realised the polish and the stamper's surface are similar in shade. Hopefully you can make out the image on the stamper as we go on.
Keep the polish, the plate, scraper and stamper within reach. You're going to have to work fast here. Think of the bugle in your Brownie camp in school... it's about to go!

7.  Place stamper on a flat sheet of waste paper

I'm afraid I've misplaced the casino-themed plate. So I picked a pair of hibiscus flowers from the Hawaii-themed plate (m29).
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8. Apply a stroke of the polish on the image 

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Quickly - and just so there's enough opacity and enough to cover the full image. Don't pour half a bottle into the image! And don't be stingy and leave half the image bare either! I have applied too much polish thanks to taking photographs and doing the stamping. You need only half this amount. One thick stroke to cover the whole image.

9. Time to scrape the excess polish off

Hold one edge of the image plate down with a finger. And hold one longer edge of the credit card like you hold a plectrum/key while turning a lock/knife while eating, between thumb and forefinger, so the other longer edge is facing the image plate.
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Quickly, firmly, smoothly. That's your stamp-a-lympics motto. In one swift swipe, scrape off the image with the credit card so only the polish INSIDE the image is left. Here's how much should be left post-scraping.

10. Fling the card wherever. Grab stamper

11. How to transfer the image from the plate to the stamper

Quickly, firmly, smoothly - yes, I'll say that again - press the stamper on the image. DO NOT move it about or jiggle or wriggle or shake it all around or do the boogie woogie. If you do this right, the image would have transferred on the stamper - the picture to the right shows the amount of polish left behind after transferring the image to the stamper. If not, work on your stamp-a-lympics mantra again.
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12. How to transfer the image from the stamper to your nail

Hold the stamper at the correct angle to your nail so the image will face the right direction when transferred. Hold the stamper at one side of the nail so the image will transfer right to the centre of the nail.
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Now ROLL the stamper over the nail, from the left to the right. Don't jiggle/wriggle/press too hard/shake/shiver/lose nerve. One smooth motion. These photographs took me aeons with the darn automatic timer taking pictures of my nose despite trying burst mode.

13. Has it turned up? 

If not - RELAX. It takes a few tries.

14. How to correct stamping nail art errors

 Made a boo-boo? Remember I told you to apply two coats of your base colour and a top coat? Now with a Q-tip dipped in a drop or two of nail polish remover, carefully wipe off the image like I've just done in this picture.
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Now apply another thin coat of your base colour and top coat. If you can see any trace of the image in the second photograph, then you're probably from Krypton.

15. What to do if your stamping image has turned up well

Wait for it to dry while you go listen to the Black Eyed Peas. Do not apply top coat until it's fully dry. It takes me a couple of hours at least with the Konad Special Polish to apply top coat without streaking or smudging. So be patient! I haven't applied top coat over my stamped image, because I needed to get these photographs done in daylight.

16. What next?

Repeat on the next nail if there is no polish left on the stamper. If there is, scrape it off with one end of the credit card or a dry tissue.

17. How to clean your stamping image plate

After stamping two nails or so, you can apply remover to the image plate with a Q-tip. Make sure you get all the nooks and crannies till it looks like it used to before the polish-process. Wait for the image plate to air-dry thoroughly before you begin on the next nail. And wipe the image plate with a dry tissue once more before you begin all over again.
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Summary of key stamping tips to remember:

1. If your image doesn't transfer, roughen the stamper's surface with emery/grit paper.
2. Wait for the plate to be fully dry before applying polish to the image.
3. Repeat after me: Quickly, firmly, smoothly. Savvy?
4. The slower you work, the more the polish won't cooperate.
5. Enjoy stamping! It is absolute fun and you will get the hang of it soon enough, unlike me!
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    1. It's a less tan version of San Tan-Tonio,

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  2. wow amazing tips.... all points noted. Was waiting for this part. Ty very much :D

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    1. Thank you... not very professional but hope it helps!

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  3. Thank you. I never knew how this was done. Now, I know I don't have the patience for it, but I think the look is so cute :)

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    1. Haha it's not that long drawn-out, I think I made it sound more complicated!

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  4. nice post dear, time for me to try my stamping again - I just left it after not being too happy with my trials :)

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    1. Good luck with it! I hope it works well this time :)

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  5. Never tried stamping before but you make it look pretty simple! That opi shade looks great for everyday wear!
    xx

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    1. As a rule I don't like neutrals but this one was too good to miss!

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  6. I really want to try this now :(
    and any budget friendly nail polishes available in india?

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    1. I haven't tried stamping with Lakme, but I'll do so before Part III and see if I can include it among the list of nail polishes that will work for stamping!

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  7. It turned out really well! I've never tried this before, but I'll definitely attempt it!

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