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New To Nail Stamping? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Last Updated on June 25, 2022
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written by nail expert Jess Rowley

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Nail Stamping 101- Everything You Need To Know About The Basics:

New to nail stamping and wondering where to start?

Well you’re at the right place my friend

Nail stamping was a hit back in the 80s but it has made an explosive come back in recent years and the designs are beautiful!

Whether you’re looking for a stamp on a french manicure or even spice up your manicure by adding cool designs, you have to check out these tips.


Everyone starts small but as you build up your skills, get more designs you will become addicted to these pretty designs!

If you are wondering how it is done, here are the best tips and tricks to get you started on your nail stamping journey.

You don’t want to miss this!

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Step One: Round up all your stamping plates and kit

This first step is the most important of them all, getting all your stamping plates, polishes, removers the whole lot will make life so much easier when stamping.

The last thing we want is to be mid-flow and realize you’ve forgotten something! To make things easier I have devised a list of everything you’ll need. 

– Nail stamping plates (with all the designs)

– Stamping nail polish– if you want t get creative then grab a couple

– Tape or a peel-off base coat 

– A clear jelly stamper

– A nail scraper

– Nail polish remover

Having this set aside will make things much more fun, no more having to get up as you’ve forgotten something– tick off all the things off this list and you should be good to go.

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Step Two: Prep the stamper: 

To make sure you’re all primed and ready for stamping these tips will go a long way. Here are the basics:

– Prep the nails: Apply a basecoat, two layers of your desired nail polish, and then seal with a top coat so it’s ready for the nail art.

– Clean and prep the nail supplies you are going to be using.

– Nail polish remover has to be within arms reach if worst comes to worst

– If you have just purchased a new stamper, make sure the blue film is off the plates.

Step Three: Get ready with the stamper:

Now you’re all ready and prepped it’s time to get to the fun part!

Apply a thin layer of the desired stamping polish color of your choice to your stamping plate, using the scraper to get rid of any excess nail polish.

You then want to roll your stamper over the image gently, do this a few times until the image is crisp until you apply it to the nail. Clean up any excess with a scraper or a piece of tape.

Step Four: Time to stamp:

If you like the image on your stamper then it’s time to apply it to your nail. Make sure you eyeball roughly where you want the image to go, it’s best to go with a smaller one for more precision.

Make sure you do this fairly quickly so the nail polish doesn’t dry to the stamper. 

Step Five: Repeat, repeat:

Once you’ve stamped your first image, continue to do the same for the rest of the nails.

Practice makes perfect, if it doesn’t come out right the first time, keep going and you’ll be a stamping pro in no time!

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Tips and tricks for nail stamping

Here are some brilliant tips I found useful before I started stamping:

– Make sure you lay out all your supplies in a way that you can easily locate. This will save a lot of time hunting down things– especially if you’re on the clock while the lacquer dries. 

– Don’t forget the base coat and top coat– make sure you properly prep the nails and allow them to dry before you go in with the stamp (it will save smudgy finishes) 

– Use tape or a lint roller to go over any mistakes while stamping. 

– Apply a peel-off base coat or tape around the cuticles to make clean-ups much easier after stamping. 

– Once you’ve applied your design wait a few minutes for it to dry and don’t drag the brush across the cuticle as it may cause it to smudge.

–  Be careful with the scraper, using it too harshly can pull out too much polish from the engraving, causing patches in the design. 

– Press the stamper down firmly to pick up all of the colors. 

– Try out with different colors to see what works best, this is super fun. 

If you need a step by step guide video I found this one super helpful:


Whether you’re looking to spice up your manicure or just try out a new nail art technique you have to give nail stamping a try, some of the designs are absolutely beautiful. 

Practice makes perfect, it may take a couple of goes or even 30 goes to get it right but a little practice goes a long way.

Let’s step up our manicure game with these beauties. 

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