last week i finally managed some semblance of stamping, so this week it only made sense to try what is called reverse stamping (or decal making, it seems).
for this project, however, i decided to create my own. it is not fancy, just thick paper with some circles draw on, sealed into two sheets of contact paper.
i started out by putting a layer of clear top coat in the circles i chose to use. i allowed it plenty of time to dry, and then i added some sparkle spackle. once that was also dry, i grabbed my stamping gear and got to work.
the arabesques were calling to me again, so i put that pattern down for all of these. i used the plain black polish for these again (and used white for two accent nails).
then i used the four colours from the tiny galaxies collection, to create a smoosh, which is pretty much what it sounds like, except i painted mine intentionally, instead of smooshing the colours together on the stamper.
the next step should probably preferably be done with an orangewood stick or something similar, but i had tweezers, so i made due with those. very gently, pry up the edge of your decal, and then pull it up right off the mat. mine ended up looking like this:
the next steps can get pretty messy. i’d recommend having some pure acetone and cotton swabs on hand, and maybe some scissors.
i wound up doing them one finger at a time, with the following procedure:
- cover the nail in the same clear top coat.
- place your decal where you want it.
- cut off a good amount of the excess (mine were big on a few fingers, due to having used uniform circles on my mat).
- use the swab, drenched in acetone, to clear away the extra bits.