Posts tagged ‘nail art’

Easy DIY French


I used to free hand my french manicure or I would use those little nail stickers, but I’m finding as I get older my hands will suddenly start to tremble and mess up what I’m doing. A few years ago I bought one of thoes nail art stamping plates just to try out. I liked it a lot and I’ve since added the plain french plate (non decoriated) and it has been the easiest method of doing a french mani I think I have ever seen, not to mention pretty darn economical. (compaired to other methods that give you simular quality) The plate I’m usung is the Konad m19 plate. Normaly the Konad plates go for around $7 or $8 but I got mine for less on an ebay auction. If you don’t want to pay that much or can’t manage to get one at auction. There are other brands out there. I can’t say how well they work, because at this point I haven’t tried any of them. Also when I’m using my plates I use “specieal” stamping polish. There are some people who say you can use any regular polish to do this, but every time I have tried the image has come out bloby. When I use the stamping polish I get nice clean lines. There are a few differant companies who manufacture the stamping polishes for differant prices. The two I’ve tried are the Konad brand and the Salon Express brand. Both have worked really well. The only catch to using the stamping polishes is that #1 you MUST use a top coat, other wise the first time you wash your hands your images will wash away. #2 You can’t use just any old top coat and as far as wich ones work it’s really a hit and miss. The only two I know for sure work is the Konad brand that is specifacly made for use with stamping polish and the Seche Vite top coat. I’ve never seen Konad any place local, but the Seche Vite is carried at our local walmart. If any of you are intrested in doing your nails this way, I recomend heading on over to you tube. That way you can see it in action.

EDIT: I bought some Sally Hansen Insta-Dri yesterday and decided to try it out for nail stamping. It worked beautifully! I love having a regular polish I can use for stamping instead of being limited to stamping polish. ūüôā


Ok, I know this isn’t my typical post, but I thought I would share. I came across some videos of Konad nail stamping plates on youtube and I thought it looked kinda neat.¬†Basically¬†it’s a small metal plate that has designs¬†engraved¬†into it. You put polish on (thick polish works better than thin and runny) use a scraper tool the scrape off excess polish from the plate so that the only polish left on the plate is in the¬†engraving. Then you use a rubber stamp to transfer the polish from the plate on to your nail. There are LOTS of¬†different¬†plates to choose from. The one I have is for¬†decorative¬†french tips, but there are other¬†types¬†with things ranging from flowers and¬†butterfly¬†to zombies. You can buy them in a kit like I did or you can buy just the individual plates. The average cost of the Konad plates runs about $6.00 or $7.00 each, but there are off brands out there that you can get for much¬†cheaper. Bundle Monster for example has a set of 21 plates for $17.99 and a set of 25 plates for $21.99. I since I haven’t used the Bundle Monster brand I can’t say how it¬†compares¬†to Konad, but having never done nail stamping before I found the Konad fairly easy to use and I’m happy with the results of my first try. Oh, and here’s a helpful tip. To get clear images on ALL of your fingers. It’s a good idea to wipe clean the plate and scraper with nail polish remover every two or three stamps.