Nail Stamping Kit Tutorial

Here’s a quick review and tutorial on how to use the Salon Express: Nail Art Stamping Kit.

I got my kit at Ross for $7. It was cheap so I decided to give it a try. Scroll down for the finished look, but first… here’s some pros and cons:

  1. It’s time consuming- you have to clean the plate after each stamp. So if you’re doing 10 nails, you’ll be cleaning the plate 10 times.
  2. Images aren’t perfect- the stamps don’t transfer the images perfectly. Also, the placement of the stamp is difficult to get accurately every time. I opted to just do random placement on my nails because I couldn’t repeat the look identically on each nail.
  3. It’s fun- While it’s time consuming… it’s nice to be able to add a little accent. Also, I think kids would LOVE this. 🙂 Worth the $7 bucks.

Here’s how to use the Nail Stamping Kit!

1. Choose a design on the metal plate.  Paint the design with your desired color.

2. Take a business card to remove excess polish from the design plate. This part takes patience and a bit of practice. Here are some tips:
– move quickly so the polish doesn’t dry out.
– a business card works better than the metal scraper the kit came with. Even if the plate has a little bit of polish smeared on the plate, you can still use the rubber stamp tool. The smeared polish will most likely not transfer!
– clean the plate with nail polish remover and wipe the business card clean before using the design for the next nail.

3. Take the stamp tool and take an imprint of the design. Firmly press down.

4. Take your transferred image and place on your nail. As you can see, the design won’t transfer perfectly, but it’ll still provide a great detail to your nail! Follow up with a top coat!

Here’s the 2 different looks I achieved.
(OPI in Red Lights Ahead… Where?)

I’ll post more photos on Instagram and Facebook as I try out more of the designs! Until next time, stay pretty… inside and out!
So… which of my Cherry Blossom inspired look do you like better?!

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  1. Anon
    November 8, 2012 / 7:02 pm

    I’ve found that after the first stamp, without cleaning the stamps go much better.

  2. Lindsay
    May 21, 2012 / 9:40 pm

    Ooooh, how nice! Perfect colors and design for the hot summer.