Monday, March 19, 2012

manic MANI MONDAY: GUEST POST

Our new friend, Elizabeth of Life and Polish has created this wonderful "SPONGED AND STAMPED MANICURE" tutorial and we are so happy to share it with you! For this tutorial you will need a nail stamping kit. I just got this one and I've been practicing. You will see some tips below that may make stamping a little easier for all of us! Elizabeth does all kinds of amazing nail art on her blog so don't forget to check it out after you look at this fun tutorial!

Here's a quick how-to in making a sponged and stamped manicure! You can use whatever colours you wish, but I'll list the ones I used! Firstly, you will want to paint your nails with your chosen base colour. I am using Cult Nails Crusin' Nude, and I used 2 coats.
Then, take a small make-up or piece of kitchen sponge and apply your first sponged colour to the sponge. Here I'm using OPI Too Hot Pink To Hold 'Em. 
When you sponge your nail, you can just apply the colour randomly, or if you are looking for a gradient look, apply to about 2/3rds of the nail. Then I sponged on OPI Y'All Come Back Ya Hear, and OPI Guy Meets Galveston. I applied the 3 colours randomly, but again, if you are looking for a gradient look, you should apply to the first colour to about 2/3rds of your nail, the second colour to about half your nail, and the third colour to about 1/3rd.

Apply your quick dry topcoat to your sponged nails to let them dry before we start to stamp. I use China Glaze Fast Forward.
To stamp your nails, you start by applying nail polish to about half of the image on the image plate. You do not need to cover the whole image, just half.
Then scrape vertically from the top of the image to the bottom.
Stamp the stamper on your image to transfer the design from the plate and to your stamper
Then roll your stamper from left to right on your nail, and repeat on all 10 nails to stamp your design. Once you are done you may have to clean excess polish off your cuticles/skin. I use an old manicure corrector pen dipped in acetone, but you can use a q-tip or a clean up brush as well. Apply your quick-dry topcoat once again, and voila! You have yourself a gorgeous manicure :)
Thanks Elizabeth!

8 comments:

  1. That's so pretty! I wish I could do something like that.

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    1. You can! It just takes a little practice.

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  2. Wow!! I've seen that stamp thing on tv and never actually believed if it would work or not, but it came out looking great!! fabulous mani by the way :)

    -kelly

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    1. Some things from tv actually do work. We saw the one advertised on tv at Walmart the other day. It does take some practice. Glad you like Elizabeth's mani. We think it's pretty cool too.

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  3. i really really like this mani! thanks to this post, I am buying my Konad instantly! love the print and colors used! great post! thanks for sharing!

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    1. So glad you like it. Check out Elizabeth's blog for more nail stamping tutorials. She has several. We'll be doing more soon too.

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  4. This makes me so tempted to finally give in and purchase the Konad system. Loving these Monday nail tutorials!

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    1. I know. Nail stamping is so cool, and we love what Elizabeth did here.

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