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Nail Stamping

Aqua Navy Nails

May 4, 2012

Base Color: Zoya Wednesday
Stamping Color: Zoya Ibiza
Stamping Plate: Konad m83

I saw Zoya Ibiza used for stamping on a blog a while back and decided to try it out. I think it works because it’s such a dark color. I was sure to stamp it very quickly, however. Being that it’s a regular polish, it tends to dry much more quickly than the Konad Special Polishes. In fact, you can’t see it, but the stamping on my thumb is all sorts of messed up because I wasn’t fast enough. :)

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Nail Stamping, Tips & Tricks

Non-Konad Polishes that work for Nail Stamping

April 18, 2012

When I first starting nail stamping, I only used the Konad Special Polishes. Granted, I started out with only black and white, but they seemed to be the best options. Since then I’ve learned that there are some other polishes that work, too. :)

Metallic Polishes

Chrome or metallic polishes. Most silver polishes like Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Silver Sweep, or China Glaze Millenium are great examples. Also, all the polishes from China Glaze’s Romantique collection from a couple years ago stamp very well. I picked up those from a seller on a while back.

Opaque Quick Drying Polishes

Sometimes regular old polish will work. When I discover that a polish I already own will stamp sufficiently it’s like finding buried treasure! :)

Most of the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes will work. There are just a few that I’ve found that do not (Going Grape, for example). And the best part is that the Insta-Dri line of polishes is sold in drug stores and what I lovingly call “The Mother Ship” aka Ulta Beauty. ;)

Sometimes darker Zoya or Essie polishes will work. Really, the best thing to do is to just try polishes out.

Your Online Nail Buddies to the Rescue!

I came across this list not too long ago. A bunch of avid nail stamping fans have been compiling a list of non-Konad polishes that work for stamping. It’s definitely worth checking out, even though it hasn’t been updated for a while. :)

New to stamping? What to get first…

For brand new nail stampers, I would suggest the following polishes:

  • Konad Special Polish White (haven’t found a white as good)
    Konad Special Polish Black (many blacks work, I just use this since I have it)
    Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Silver Sweep
    Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Presto Pink

Those are my most used stamping polishes, although I do have a few more that I love to use.

All in all, it’s really about trying out different polishes to see what works for you. I’ve read on some nail blogs that they’ll find an old dried up polish, try it out with stamping, and it will work beautifully. So don’t be afraid to do some experimenting on your own. :)

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Nail Stamping

Nfu Oh 61 + Some Color Club Revvvolution Stamping

April 6, 2012

Started out with Nfu Oh 61 on bare nails. It seriously is the most amazing holo polish. Some say that the most current batches of 61 aren’t as holographic as the original, but since I don’t have the original, I wouldn’t know the difference. :)

Nfu Oh 61 photos taken without a topcoat. Then I added some stamping with Color Club Revvvolution, another amazing polish. It’s not nearly as holographic as Nfu Oh 61, but it’s pretty amazing in it’s own right. I finished it off with a topcoat (which did diminish the holographic effect on 61).

Base Color: Nfu Oh 61
Stamping Color: Color Club Revvvolution
Stamping Plate: Konad m57

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Nail Art, Nail Stamping

Vampy Glitter Nails

April 3, 2012

Gothic Glitter Nails. Black with red and red glitter sponging (glitter concentrated on tips). With Konad Special Polish in black stamped with plate m57. Hmm… Also makes me think of Twilight & vampires. LOL!

Base Color: China Glaze Liquid Leather
Sponging: China Glaze Velvet Bow (red), and China Glaze Ring in the Red (red glitter)
Stamping Color: Konad Black
Stamping Plate: Konad m57

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Nail Stamping, Tips & Tricks, Video

How To: Nail Stamping

February 5, 2012

Hi all! I’ve had a lot of questions about Konad nail stamping, so I thought I’d make a video sharing what I’ve learned over the last couple months.

Konad nail stamping is what allows me to get super detailed images and patterns on my fingernails. It looks a bit intimidating at first, but it’s actually super easy. Like these examples…

To get started with Konad, you really only need 3 products: the stamper (I suggest the double-ended stamper), an image plate ($4-7 online), and the Konad Special Nail Polish (or a metallic/chrome nail polish–just experiment). Everything else I mention in the video is in addition to those three things, but can be swapped out with whatever you have on hand.

You can get all three products from websites that sell Konad. I ordered from and they had great customer service. They even offer a kit–which is what I ended up doing–where you get three polishes, the stamper, a scraper, 5 image plates of your choice, and the plate holder. I don’t even use the plate holder or scraper, so I don’t know that I would recommend those products, but they did come in the kit. You can order the same products from, although I don’t think they have them in a kit like that.

OR, you can go to Amazon and find the same products for less. :) Here’s a link to some over at Amazon. I’ve since ordered some of the image plates from Amazon sellers and it was a great experience. Less expensive for the polish and image plates. An all around good experience. :)

Also at Amazon, you can get the knock-off brand image plates. These “fake” Konad plates are sold under a few different names, but the ones I bought are from Bundle Monster. 21 image plates for $17.95! Hello?! Such a good deal. You can get them here. I’ve used them and the results are very similar to the Konad brand plates. The full pattern images tend to be a bit smaller (won’t fit on longer nails or large nail beds), the edges are sharp (watch your fingers!), and there is no paper backing on the pates, but other than that, they are awesome!

EDITED TO ADD: Bundle Monster now has a second set of plate which have paper on the back and larger designs for full nail stamping. Check them out HERE.

NOTE: In the video, the blue nail polish I used as a base color is Slushied from the Sephora by OPI Glee mini kit. :)

Anyhow, enjoy!