A couple years back when nail stamping first hit the nail scene I was amazed and completely in awe of such an invention. I must admit though, many years later I still have not mastered the art of stamping. It can get pretty frustrating, I can't tell you how many times I've applied my base colour perfectly only to have it ruined by my many attempts to stamp the perfect image.
So I was quite curious when I first heard about soft stamping. What is soft stamping? Essentially it's the opposite of regular stamping. The image is instead formed into the soft stamper. The polish is applied directly onto the stamper and the excess polish around the image is stamped away on a flat surface leaving polish inside the groves of the image ready to be stamped onto your nail.
The soft stamp I received, N.NAIL Ethnic Geometry Stripe Butterfly Soft Stamping is 5.5cm diameter and priced at $7.79USD. The soft stamp can be removed from its shell. There are four images on this particular plate.
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KKCenterHk has this great tutorial video:
Click to see how I fared with soft stamping...
The first time around I had a lot of trouble getting a clean image from the stamper onto my nail. Little bits of excess polish on the stamper can be picked away no problem but the biggest issue I had was transferring the full image onto my nail. I ended up using the simplest (easiest?) image put of the bunch and ended up with a holo tipped French mani. I found stamping the excess instead of smearing it (like in the tutorial) worked a little better for me.
The second time yielded a little better results. I successfully stamped the water marble like pattern as my accent nail. I jazzed up the pattern a little by adding dots along the curves. Just like with the traditional stamping it all takes practice and patience to find a technique that works best for you. I definitely would say I need some more practice with soft stamping and it sure wasn't as easy as I thought it would be.
Overall I think soft stamping uses less polish in the long run because you can control where the polish is applied to the image and can be an easier way of stamping with some practice and technique. They're not as space efficient as the metal stamping plates and the amount of images per stamp is considerably less to give you more control when apply the image.
Have you tried your hand at soft stamping? Any tips for a newbie like me?
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