Happy Monday! Or at least, I hope it’s a happy Monday for you!
When I was reviewing the new Essie Going Guru Resort collection, I couldn’t help but notice the adorable packaging of the mini set. The paisley design is just too cute! I knew I wanted to create a mani with a similar look but being the amateur I am, I was going to need some help. Okay. I was going to need A LOT of help.
Image from Google
I’m not an artist. I’m far from it! In order to achieve the look I was going for, I relied heavily on my stamper and stamping plate. I went with a Creative Shop Stamper, one of the most known and popular, and a stamping plate from MoYou London, number 11 from the Fashionista collection.
I grabbed my colors from the Essie collection and because I don’t have the fourth shade from that collection (Delhi Dance), so I also had to grab Suzi Nails New Orleans from the new OPI New Orleans collection for a substitute. To serve as a base for the stamping nails, I brought in an off-white, OPI’s My Boyfriend Scales Walls.
Wanna know why I chose My Boyfriend Scales Walls instead of a true white creme? Don’t laugh at me. I don’t have a straight up white in my collection right now. I’ve had it on my list of things to get for over a month now and I just never got around to it! …I think it’s about time to get another bottle!
My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Suzi Nails New Orleans, Nama-stay the Night, Taj-ma-haul, Going Guru
I took this opportunity to try out my Uber Mat from UberChic Beauty that I bought during their Black Friday sale. This turned out to be completely unnecessary and the look would have been nicer if I hadn’t taken this out for a spin.
I simply painted my ring finger with Going Guru for my plain accent nail and painted the rest of my fingers with My Boyfriend Scales Walls to serve as a base for the design.
While that was drying, I used Going Guru to stamp with. I was afraid the formula would be too thin to stamp well but it seemed to work out. From here, I stamped the image onto the mat and added in dots of color and top coated each image.
Did you notice that one is not like the others? Yep, I got daring. I wanted to try to gradient stamp so I took my four colors and did my best. Not too shabby right?
After I peeled each image topped with a layer of top coat, I transferred it over to my nail and ‘glued’ it on with another layer of top coat.
So what could I have done better? This is where I went wrong: I should have just stamped the image directly on my nail and dotted them with color after. That would have resulted in a cleaner look and that would have probably taken last time too! I’m still only a beginner when it comes to stamping and frankly, I suck. That’s why these don’t look up to par!
I almost want to call this a fail. I only wanted to share this so someone else could be inspired by this idea and recreate it 100% better than I did!
I am still happy with the way it turned out and received some compliments. It’s always nice when people notice the effort you put into things! (;
It’s not perfect but it’s still pretty. I’m glad I tried gradient stamping too! This was a huge learning experience for me. I’m still a little afraid of stamping but I feel like I’ve accomplished something, something worth sharing. I’m proud of it!
I hope this inspires you to try this on your own or to try stamping out for yourself. There are inexpensive sets that include a stamper and some plates that are a better deal if you just want to wet your toes in this stamping pond. If you want to get the big guns, I am really happy with my Creative Shop Stamper and you can get these from many online retailers. There are also many cheaper alternatives that are just as good. Do a little searching online and you’ll find a ton of options. I’m not a stamping pro, so that’s the route I would recommend! As for stamping plates, the ones I have from MoYou London are fantastic quality but they are a little expensive for $9.75. I got mine from What’s Up Nails. They have nail art supplies and they’ll run promotions pretty often so look out for those announcements!
If you could care less about stamping and just want to see more about the polishes I used, check out my review of the Essie Going Guru Resort Collection for 2016 and my OPI New Orleans Spring/Summer 2016 posts!