Geometric stamping

Hey guys!

Today I am sharing a stamping mani with you. I am very, very new to stamping so it is far from perfect! These pictures were also taken just before I started the blog. It’s only since I started that I realised how much better it looks if you clean up PROPERLY, and not only more or less, but I still want to post the nails I’ve done before. So, sorry for all the pictures you might be seeing soon without proper cleanup, I promise I’ll put more effort into it from now on!

geometric2I started with 2 coats of Tip Top nail chic – Cha Cha Cha. I had a swatch of it on its own, but it was taken at a different time and my lighting was awful so I just couldn’t get the colour right. You can see it well enough on these pictures.

For the stamping I used LA girl matte in Matte Alpine Green. I have swatches of that for you! On its own:

alpine green

And with a top coat:

alpine shiny 2

Guys, I have to tell you: For a long time, I wasn’t really into matte polishes. I never bought any specifically until I decided to try this one, figuring it was a great colour and I could just topcoat it. Well, this polish changed my mind. As a matte it just has such depth and almost seems to glow from within! I liked it WAY more matte than shiny!

Anyway, back to the stamping mani. I used BM plate 203 for my middle and ring fingers and BM-320 for my thumb, index finger and pinkie. The studs also came from bundle monster.

geometric1As you can see, I had some smearing when I topcoated, but I shall attribute that to my newness at stamping.

And, I have good news! I am going to be trying the 31 Day Challenge as hosted by Chalkboard Nails. I have a plan for the first week, but after that things could get crazy. I hope I can keep up with it! It starts this Sunday.
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  • http://OrdinaryMisfit.com OrdinaryMisfit

    Great job with the stamping!! I love geometric images!!
    First of all, I love the Alpine Green polish. I fell so in love with it when I had it on my nails. It’s beautiful!
    Secondly, I also did a stamping post with a matte polish and it also smeared badly when I topcoated it. I tried 3 times (every time doing it over! yeah not fun) and eventually just gave up and didn’t topcoat. I have a suspicion it might be the matte polishes. Although I have since found that Essence – nail art sealing top coat (or something like that – nail art one) goes a long way to help with the smearing. I haven’t tried it with the matte polishes though. When I do I will let you know.
    Anyway, I love this. Love the colours and the studs really round it off well! Great job!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com paintedfingertips

      Thanks! I’ll have to try the Essence top coat. Next time I’ll just try to remember to take pictures before I top coat as well, just in case. I seriously need to get more polishes which work for stamping though… I have one of the Essence stampy polishes and I find that works better than anything else I have, but I don’t *always* want to stamp in white!

      • http://OrdinaryMisfit.com OrdinaryMisfit

        Haha that’s a good idea!!
        I completely agree. I find their stampy black polish to be so great. I am working on a list of all my regular polishes that stamp well so I will let you know when that is done. Also, I recently got a set of 5 stamping polishes from BornPrettyStore (black, white, blue, red and yellow) and they aren’t bad at all.

        • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com paintedfingertips

          Yeah, I also found the Revolution Mirror range can work SOMEtimes. I’ll check out the born pretty ones soon too, but if I place an order with them I might just end up buying the whole store 😀

  • http://OrdinaryMisfit.com OrdinaryMisfit

    oh and PS: Good luck with the 31 Day challenge. I am VERY tempted to do it but a few friends and I have adapted it into a much shorter version which we will be trying. Looking forward to seeing your posts!
    xx

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com paintedfingertips

      Thanks… I am a bit scared for the final week of it!

      • http://OrdinaryMisfit.com OrdinaryMisfit

        Hahaha You’ll be great!!! Remember google is your friend 😛

  • http://madnessnails.blogspot.com/ Thea Madness!

    Stunning work lady! Love the colors…green, teals and blue’s are my weak spot! You are so brave to do the 31 day challenge! So HUGE KUDOS! Maybe will have the guts to try it next year!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com paintedfingertips

      Thank you so much! Add purple to the list and it’s my weak spot as well.. but ESPECIALLY teal and purple 🙂
      You should definitely try it next year, although I am loving the shortened version you guys are doing 🙂 It’s not easy posting every day but I’m having so much fun 😀