Kicking off another week of Digit-al Dozen endeavors with a colorful nail art design today. I drew my inspiration from pictures of intricate tile work decorating ornate buildings in Southern Spain. Separately adding each colored section together took a bit of time. However, I had an absolute blast thanks to the CjS LC-26 layering stamping plate.
THE DIGIT-AL DOZEN – MARCH THEME: STAMPING WEEK
The Digit-al Dozen crew is celebrating the stamping technique this week. With the explosion of new & improved stamping tools and methods over the past few years, there is no shortage of nail design variations. It’s funny, when I started stamping back in the day, I thought I would have gotten bored with it by now. That turned out to be a wrong prediction! Especially considering the majority of my nail art designs involve various stamping techniques.
For the first design of Stamping Week, I chose to use the layered stamping method. Typically this type of stamping involves strategically placing one or more images over another to create more interest and depth. For example, putting a floral image over the top of a script image.
With the advent of stamping plates explicitly designed for it, layered stamping is growing in popularity. Such layered stamping plates usually offer two or more stamping images intended to be used in sequence. For example, the first stamp layer might be in the shape of bird’s body and the second layer adds the details such as eyes, wing, and feet. As far as I know, the first brand to create this type of plate is Clear Jelly Stamper.
Previously on Kimett Kolor: layered stamping with CjS: Ocean Life
Today I’m using one a Clear Jelly Stamper plate designed in collaboration with Natasha (IG @natasha_dauncey). She was inspired by the architecture in Seville, Spain during a holiday trip (leading me to google for my nail art inspiration). By the way, yes, she is that same Natasha who is co-host of The Mani Swap Circle. She is also the smart cookie who has launched the skincare line, Apothaka – the source of my favorite nail & cuticle oil.
But since we’re talking about the stamping plate, let’s have a look at that first.
As you’ll see below, there are loads of image segments on this plate that offer lots of layering choices. While every image has an intended match or two, you can use your imagination and combine them in other ways as well.
The remaining items used in my nail art design today are listed below.
- KBShimmer | Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana
- Polish My Life | Birthday Suit
- KIKO | 336
- Hit The Bottle | Smurf Blood
- Twinkled T | FriYay
- ITNOP | Smashin Punkins, Wasabi & Mistletoe
- Esmaltes da Kelly | Tris
- MoYou London | Cafe’ au Lait
- Clear Jelly Stamper | #10 Gotta Be Blue
To begin, I first painted my nails with solid creme polishes for the base colors. On my thumb and ring finger, I started with a bright golden yellow. My index and middle nails were kept neutral with ivory. As an accent, I painted my pinky with a bright blue.
After those and a layer of top coat dried, I tried out a stamping hack I’d seen a few times in nail art tutorials. I applied a coat of foil glue to each of my nails. As we all know, there isn’t a whole lot of time before the polish will no longer transfer from the stamper to the nail because it has dried. The extra step of adding foil glue gives you an almost unlimited amount of time between image pick up and placement.
Even with careful scraping and image pick-up, there are often extra bits of the surrounding images that get on the stamper. To keep those from ending up on the nail, I used the scraper and pressed it over the parts I wanted to remove – essentially by stamping them onto the scraper. Other folks use a lint roller or tape to do the same.
Not only does that extra step take up precious little time until the stamping polish dries, aligning the interlocking images takes up even more time. The foil glue was a big help and ensured the stamping polish stuck to the nails despite the fact that it had indeed dried.
Practice Makes Perfect
I got a little better as I went along, but you might have noticed that I forgot to remove the stray bits a few times. Here’s where the foil glue becomes a negative. You can’t eliminate those mistakes. So, to justify leaving them as is, I decided to view these errant marks of color as authenticity. You’re buying that, right?! LOL. Also, the other lesson learned here is to apply the foil glue one nail at a time. Because I did all five nails at once, they were all sticky and attracted dust throughout the stamping session. Just thought I’d share to spare you the same experience hopefully.
By The Numbers
One of the things I like about nail art, and stamping especially, is that you can create designs very quickly or spend more time piecing together lots of details. I enjoyed getting to take my time with these and was grateful for having a low pain day that allowed it.
I didn’t put a clock to it; however, I know this nail art took me more than two solid hours from start to finish. Because A) there are a lot of puzzle pieces added here, and B) I’m a finicky artsy type that changes my mind often & all the way up to the very last minute.
I’m sorry I wasn’t able to photograph the stages (that would have doubled the time), but here are some stats that might help you visualize the process:
- 27 sections of the stamping plate make up this design
- 37 individual stamp placements in total, by finger:
- 10 stamps on the thumb
- 15 stamps on the index finger (+1 that covers up one I didn’t like)
- 5 stamps on the middle finger
- 2 stamps on the ring finger
- 5 stamps on the pinky
- 50+ more stamps ended up on the lint roller instead of my nails as part of the creative process (i.e., I thought I would use green but changed my mind to blue)
And, as it turns out, all of the teeny-tiny mistakes of alignment (and dust) are not noticeable to the human eye. But, being a good nail blogger, I include the close-up photos which gloriously show all the imperfections. 😉
And once again, all together:
You know that I really dig these bright colors together, making up all these shapes and patterns. For my first go with this plate, I’m quite happy with the design I cooked up; moreover, I’m already looking forward to doing another set.
Of course, any reason to incorporate a golden yellow color in nail art also makes me extra giddy. After I finished painting the final top coat, I did a little happy wiggle dance to loosen up my stiff bones and celebrate the cheery motifs on my nails. 😉
Well, what do you think?
Indeed, I could have taken any one of the five nail designs and created a set just on that. But, it was a fun challenge to coordinate several looks into this one design. I like that these plates from Clear Jelly Stamper include options for simple and complex layering, all on the same plate. What are your thoughts on layering stamps?
It was a rare treat to be able to spend the extra time on this design. I was lucky to have it prepped and ready to go ahead of this week’s Digit-al Dozen challenge, but it’s going to be back to quicker ones if I’m going to have a chance at finishing. Luckily, stamping can also afford a quick way to make nail art!
Till Next Time,
Hey, look! More stamping nail art designs below!
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