Hi guys!! Today I have a new technique to show you. Well, it’s not new in the nail art world, but I did it for the first time, so it’s new for me :). It is reverse stamping. And I know, I’m a bit late to try this for the first time.
I used Uber Chic mat which I bought when it first came out and I haven’t been using it since. And only now I started using it as my work station for my nail art. Up until now I’ve been using paper towel folded two times and I had to be very careful not to spill any acetone, because it would have go right through the towel and damage the table. So now I can be totally relaxed and just concentrate on doing my nails.
First I applied one coat of base polish on all of my nails. And then I stamped the flower (Bundle Monster – S301) on stamper. My first reverse stamping decal was made on the stamper, because the pattern just wouldn’t translate on to the mat (I’ll explain later what was the case). After the black polish was dry on the stamper, I painted the petals with ILNP – Cutie Pop and Colors by Llarowe – Helen. I left out some petals, because I wanted the light base to be seen as well.
Meanwhile I painted my nails with Colors by Llarowe – Helen and Essie – Urban Jungle. I did Urban Jungle on ring finger and thumb. And I topped them all with fast drying top coat.
After the polishes on the flower were dry I applied one coat of clear top coat over the flower to make a decal. I left it to completely dry. But not too dry, because if it was too dry, it would start to break. Then I removed it from the stamper and put it on ring finger.
I did the decal for my thumb in a different way. And I think it worked better and you can see from the photos above why. Because the decal on my thumb didn’t smudge whereas the decal on ring finger did. And I’ll tell you why soon.
So, now to that part where I had trouble translating the pattern to the mat. And I asked Tara aka The Beauty of Nail Polish why. And she told me I first needed to apply one coat of clear polish or whatever colour I wanted on to the mat and then stamp the pattern on to that polish. So I did it that way and it worked :).
Then I painted the petals again and waited for them to dry. Then I applied one coat of top coat and again waited for the decal to get dry as I did with the first one. After it was dry I translated it on to my thumb.
And now the difference between both decals. It is in the base coat that I applied on the mat before I stamped on the pattern. That first coat (the decal on the stamper didn’t have that first base coat) protected the pattern from smudging by fast drying top coat I used to seal the mani. So I think all my decals will be made on the mat from now on.
And how do you like my first reverse stamping? And have you noticed that I used the same flower as in the previous post? It is a totaly different mani with the same pattern :).
I hope you enjoyed the post, thank you for reading and see you in the next one!