1 & 2. Stamper and Scraper
Before I started stamping, I did a little research and found this lovely stamper/scraper set from the brand Konad. They're both manual tools. The stamper is double ended, one for smaller designs, and the other side picks up the larger. The scraper is a small basic metal ended scraper. You use it to scrape excess polish off the plates before picking up the design with the stamper. I got my set from Amazon for $3.00.
3. Nail Art Image Plates
This is what creates the design. They're sometimes small round metal disks with indented images that when polished over, scraped, then rolled over with the stamper, can then be used to transfer the image onto your nail. I got a set of 21 Bundle Monster plates from Amazon as well for around $18. I've also gotten a Shany set for around $15.
Konad sells special stamping polish but it isn't necessary, you can use any polish. I've honestly never even tried their polish. I've seen pics of finished products and it looks decent. Anyway, I've had the best results using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri for the stamping. I've also used OPI and China Glaze which sometimes works well, sometimes doesn't. I'd love to hear some reader suggestions on good polishes to use for this. Oh, and you also need a good top coat to seal and protect the design when you're all done. I use a Sally Hansen top coat.
5. Clean-up Kit
This is just my fancy name for polish remover, paper towels, cotton balls, q-tips, and or t.p. The thing with stamping is that there is some cleanup required between stamps and at the end. Since you're putting polish on the plate, then scraping with the scraper you have to wipe the plate and scraper with a cotton ball soaked with remover between each stamp. Then, you also need to clean up around the nail when you're done because sometimes the stamp goes onto your finger. Best done with a q-tip or small paint brush soaked with remover. Also, be sure to put done some paper towels under your work area to prevent damage from spills. I can't tell you how many times I've ruined my dining room table from remover and polish. I banned myself from that area when doing anything nail related.
Hope you liked my Friday Five Must Have Tools for Stamping.
Would you like to see a tutorial video on these tools in action? If there's enough interest I'd love to make and post one. Let me know in a comment.
Have any of these?
I'd love to hear from you and hear what you use......
Also check out some older posts with some designs I created myself here:
I'll be sure to keep em coming :)