Tuesday, January 12, 2010

KotD - Stamping with a Matte Top Coat

I've seen posts about stamping over a matte base, but I can't recall any about just using matte top coats for Konadicures. If I forgot or missed them, please point me in the right direction, I'd love to see how others have fared. So that's what I wanted to try today. Of course I was aware that it would be tricky, as the top coat I used, Essie matte about you, dries very quickly and is therefore not an ideal polish for stamping.
And I was right, but it wasn't a total fail and I do like the result.

This is what I used today:

  • Sally Hansen miracle cure
  • LOOK by BIPA Ridge Filler
  • Eyeko Vamp Polish for nasty nails
  • Seche Vite
  • Konad image plate m73
  • Essie matte about you
Step the first: Apply base, two coats of Vamp Polish and seal with Seche Vite.

Step the second: Stamp the floral pattern on image plate m73 on the nails using matte about you.

I like the effect, but I have learned something today:
  1. Matte top coats are very tricky to stamp with. Because they dry so quickly, there's a good chance that part of the pattern will not transfer. A less intricate pattern might work better.
  2. It's nigh impossible to see if you have the full design on the stamper. Aligning? Not easily accomplished.
  3. Usually you can gently wipe messed up designs off the nail a few times with polish remover if the bas has been sealed, but this will mattify the nail slightly. Because you need the base to be very shiny, this will not work on this kind of Konadicure.
  4. As you can see on my ring finger the design looks almost white when it's just shy of being completely dry when it's applied. And that's not what I was going for.
However, stamping with matte top coats is possible and looks neat (where it worked, anyway ;-) ).


MightyLambchop said...

That came out pretty well! It's something I thought of doing but never got around to. I will have to try it!

Unknown said...

Thanks, Mighty Lambchop. It's actually looking much better today, the whiteness vanished. I'll definitely experiment again with different polishes.
I hope you'll share the results with us when you try it.

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