Today's guest post is by Ruth from @ohnoitsruthio who will be showing you how to create this cool, stamped Halloween graveyard mani!
Hi, my name is Ruth and I'm a nail stampaholic! I share my nail stamping designs on Instagram & YouTube
I was recently sent the heroine.nyc Dream Cremes
polishes for review, and got to work creating nail designs to my hearts content.
Today I'll be sharing how to create this spooky, stamped Halloween mani - I hope this is a helpful how-to for beginners.
I start out by prepping my nails with a base colour - this time a dark grey (Illamasqua - DWS). I will also use my favourite black stamping polish (Painted Polish - Midnight Mischief).
Once two coats of base colour are nearly dry (still slightly tacky), I get my stamping stuff ready.
Apply a generous amount (roughly one drop) of polish to the chosen image, gently swipe once or twice with a scraper (to remove the surface excess), then quickly roll the stamper across the image to pick it up onto the silicone surface. It should look something like this -
You can see I am using a clear stamper - which means placing the image is easy-peasy! Mine is a generic one which I purchased from eBay.
I have decided to put these pale-blue gravestones in the background of the nail like so (just pressing it into place, straight down) -
You might be wondering how to reverse stamp? (Also known as making stamping decals.) Well, simply repeat the same steps as before -
Then use small amounts of the Dream Cremes
polishes (on a nail art dotting tool, small nail art brush, or even the tip of a hairpin in a pinch), to colour-in the image. Using a clear stamper means you can check you're staying within the lines by looking up through the bottom!
When you're finished, it should look something like this -
My camera has made each colour look white, but here I in fact used Lilac It
, and Sugar Spun
. With reverse stamping, I find the trick is to let your image dry 90% on the stamper head (usually 60 seconds or so), then press down directly onto the nail to apply. If you mess up the timing, you could smudge the image - then you'll have to start all over again. So, be patient!
The possibilities are pretty much endless! Here is a finished set of 5 nails - ready for creepy Halloween festivities!
Thanks for reading and I wish you all a happy and horrible Halloween!