Friday, August 03, 2012

Paisley Stamping Fail

Hey everyone!

If there's one area of nail art that I think I need to improve, it's definitely stamping. Other bloggers seem to be able to do it so effortlessly, but I always seem to experience small problems in my stamping manicures, as is evidenced by today's stamping fail.

Ever since receiving my new 2012 Bundle Monster plates, the paisley image of BM-315 has been calling out to me. I finally decided to utilize it last night, and sadly, it didn't turn out as I had hoped.


The base colour for this mani is China Glaze Hang-ten Toes - an awesome hot pink with subtle blue shimmer from the Summer Neons Collection.

I stamped over Hang-ten Toes using Konad Black and as you can see, there's a chunk of the image missing from my index nail. Also, I should have cleaned my plate more often because the image didn't transfer very well on my ring nail.

On top of all that, I also top coated way too quickly after stamping, which created some smudges on a few of my nails. I would have probably let that slide had it not been for the rest of the fails.


So all in all, I love the image, I love the colours, but the execution - not so much.

Have you had any recent stamping fails? Tell me about them so that I can feel better about myself! Haha!

24 comments:

  1. Heyyy it still looks like a gorgeous mani :) your fails are way better than my best attempts! <3 xx

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  2. Looks good! I often use my topcoat too soon and smudge mt stamping. I did just yesterday actually!

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  3. I love this stamp but the first time I used it I didn't roll the stamper enough and had a huge chunk missing same as you... and then I didn't clean it enough and it was faded on a few of my nails... you are not alone! Once I re-did them and cleaned the plate between each nail it worked like a charm :)

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  4. The funny thing is that the only one that notices that it's a fail, is you! It looks great, despite the little errors, and much better than I could have stamped :)

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  5. I do clean my plate between each stamp & it helps. I don't think you have to worry about adding the topcoat right away, I do it pretty quickly afterward. Just make sure to load your brush up and try not to brush over the same area twice. (One light sweep down each side, one down the center) I read one girl recommending that you only let the polish touch the nail & not your brush but I'm not that good! And If you put topcoat over your basecoat before stamping you can often wipe off a failed stamp without removing the basecoat and try again.

    When I got the 2nd Bundle Monster set I was so excited to try a new design. The first one was too delicate & I couldn't get it to work. The 2nd one I tried to center again and again & it was always crooked. I probably wiped it off & tried again like 20 times before I gave up.

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    1. I should definitely clean my plate in between each stamp, especially with more detailed images like this one. And I know how to apply top coat to minimize smudging, I just didn't follow my own better judgment this time around.

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  6. I think they look great Kayla! Only someone with a trained eye would see the small imperfections that are bothering you.

    I do clean my plate, scraper and stamper after each stamp and let my final design dry a LONG time before I top coat - At least 20 minutes or so. My stamping isn't perfect but the tiny mistakes I see (and the camera picks up) are invisible to everyone else.

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  7. I have exactly the same problems with stamping as you! I keep coming back to it because I see other bloggers do these awesome designs but mine just never line up or don't transfer fully... However this is a very pretty combo!! Love the paisley over neon pink : )

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  8. I have some problems stamping but this one plate in particular with the paisley never works for me!!

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  9. What? no fail! It looks beautiful to me :)

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  10. I think it looks lovely. That's a really nice stamp.

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  11. I couldn't tell you had any problems until you mentioned them! My stamp fails are MUCH worse than this!

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  12. Your stamping looks very good! I really suck at stamping, but I haven´t given up, yet :P Love this black&pink combo!

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  13. I love it! I have a thing for pink and paisley, so it's lovely in my book. I've had lots of fails, mine are almost always because I stamp crooked or miss the edges, or overlap smaller designs when I don't mean to. Like a previous commenter - I put on a clear coat on top of the color coat, makes it easier to restamp without a re-polish. I also try really hard to be careful and clean the plate/stamper carefully between each stamp - and check the stamper very carefully in between...
    Maybe I'll try to put together a post for my blog of some fails... I smear a lot with the topcoat.
    Either way - I adore your mani!

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  14. They look beautiful!! If this is a fail then I don't know what my konad-ing attempts would be called lol. I didn't even notice the missing part of the paisley until you pointed it out!

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    1. Thanks! I think we're always our own worst critics and you're right, I probably could have worn this mani for a few days and maybe no one would have even noticed the errors!

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  15. You should feel better because I always fail at stamping. For some reason I can never get it right. Yours on the other hand doesn't look bad at all, yes some parts are missing but that's about it. If you leave that, then it looks perfect to me!

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  16. Fail? Oh dear it looks great! Try rolling the stamp over your nail from left to right or right to left. That did the job for me. And as mentioned already apply your tc in the floating way.

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  17. Why fail? I think it looks great and I love this Paisley pattern so much!

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  18. All of my stamping attempts at this point have been fails! But I don't think I would have noticed if you hadn't pointed out the mistakes! It still looks good.

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  19. I think I am on board with everyone else I wouldn't have noticed the fails either if they hadn't been pointed out, I was looking for it before you said and didn't notice! lol I think it looks great!

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  20. yes !! Kayla is human after all :) Don't feel alone, most of us have these stamping issues - at least you could have probably freehanded that just as well ;) xx

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  21. First off, you do AMAZING work! You are super talented and I love checking this blog! I am not great on anything freehand and envy your designs. I like how you posted your "fail" because with any art noone is perfect. What bothers us in our own work...someone else may not even notice! I have good stamping days and bad stamping days. I have the same issues from time to time...top coating too soon, half images, missing pieces, bad placement. I found that if you put top coat down first then stamp over it you have a chance to carefully remove the stamp and retry. To be honest every issue I find in my own work...my husband and family never know...I'm the one who points it out! I LOVE the pink..I just ordered the CG Neons! You make these look fantastic! I'm so excited for them! Keep up the great work! :)

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