DIY Nail Art Stamping

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DIY Nail Art Stamping
Stamp colourful designs onto your nails with nail polish. (Five different colours of nail polish on the white. image by RUZANNA ARUTYUNYAN from

Nail art stamping allows you to add painted images to your nails without airbrushing equipment or artistic skill. The process relies on metal stencils called image plates and rounded blank rubber stamps. Nail art stamping kits are available at beauty supply stores and include everything you need to get started. You can also purchase additional stencils to increase the number of designs you have on hand.

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Things you need

  • Nail polish
  • Copy paper
  • Nail art stamping image plate
  • Razor blade
  • Nail art stamper
  • Cotton balls
  • Non-acetone nail polish remover
  • Clear topcoat

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  1. 1

    Paint your fingernails with a base coat of nail polish. Wait until the polish dries completely before you begin stamping.

  2. 2

    Place a sheet of copy paper on your work surface to protect it from the nail polish.

  3. 3

    Set a nail art stamping image plate on top of the copy paper. These plates consist of round metal discs with several designs cut into the edge.

  4. 4

    Brush nail polish over one of the designs on the image plate. Make sure that the image is completely filled and don't worry about getting nail polish on the plate.

  5. 5

    Scrape a razor blade or nail art scraper over the design on the image plate to remove excess nail polish.

  6. 6

    Press a nail art stamper onto the design to transfer the image to the stamper.

  7. 7

    Place the edge of the stamper on the side of your nail and firmly roll the stamper over your nail to transfer the image. This movement will take some practice to master.

  8. 8

    Clean the image plate, razor blade and stamper with a cotton ball moistened in non-acetone nail polish remover. Repeat steps three through seven to apply additional stamps to your nails.

  9. 9

    Apply a clear top coat over your nails when the stamps are completely dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Place nail gems on top of the stamps while they are still wet to add extra decoration and sparkle to your nails.

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