Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tie-Dye Stamping Tutorial.

Stamping doesn't always give you a ton of artistic freedom, but it's still a way to get a lot of great designs. However, there are a few ways you can make a stamped manicure more interesting. One of them is to stamp with multiple colors and create a fun tie-dye effect.

Here is an example of a manicure done using this technique. The bright tie-dye combined with the butterfly print is perfect for spring and summer!


Getting a manicure like this is super simple, especially if you already know how to stamp. Paint your nails your base color (I used Wet n Wild French White Creme) and let  it dry completely.


Now get everything ready. Timing is key in stamping, and using multiple polishes does take a little longer. Have them all open and ready to go, and your plate out. I used a peace sign design from BM07.


Now all you have to do is use the brush from the polish bottles to put dots of the different colors onto the design in random places. There doesn't need to be any rhyme or reason to it.


And then scrape and stamp as usual! Follow with a thick topcoat like Seche Vite.

Now for the finished design...


The stamping colors are Sally Hansen Lively Lilac, Brisk Blue, and Lickety-Split Lime.

Let me know if you try stamping this way!

10 comments:

  1. That's really pretty. Thanks for sharing your technique, based on the first pic I would've guessed that you did a gradient underneath and then stamped white.

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  2. What brand of stamp do you use, cause Im not sure if mine sucks or if im doing it wrong!

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    1. I use a Konad stamp! What problem are you having?

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    2. The paint does not go on my stamp well. I use Spark Salon Express Nail Design Kit, I go it at ToysRus... maybe that brand just sucks. :(

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    3. I haven't heard of that brand, if you've played around with it a bunch I'd recommend buying one from Konad. You can order one off of amazon for a good price!

      If you aren't sure if it's the stamp that's the problem, here are a few things that can impact how well the design picks up.
      -Cleaning the design on the plate really well. If there is any leftover polish in the design, it isn't going to pick up as well the next time you stamp.
      -Speed. Make sure your design doesn't have time to start drying once you've scraped!
      -The polishes you're using. Some definitely work better than others.

      Also, I've heard about some people having luck with filing the stamp a little and having it pick up designs better after that. You just use a nail file on the stamp a little.

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  4. I had to try this, pics on my blog. Its so super cute and diff.

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  5. I have this but I can't get it to work! Every time I scrape it, it all goes away!

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  6. I use the stumpers also and have found that you will have better luck with your color transferring and showing if you use a thicker polish. The Konad polishes are made thicker specifically for that but there are plenty of other brands out there that work just as well. Thru trial and error you can find plenty of polishes that will work with your stamper. Can't wait to try this tie dye style!

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