After lemming for one of these sets for awhile I finally broke down and bought several plates. Konad is a Korean nail accessory brand that sells neat little plates with images on them. Basically you paint over an image with thick nail polish, scrape off the extra product and use their stamper to apply the image copy directly onto your nail. You can put the images other places too, I’ve seen someone decorate their cell phone using Konad.
I have been practicing a bit.
I’m still learning though. Here is what I have learned so far……
You see I did not buy the special nail polishes that have a high viscosity because A.) they are expensive around 6 dollars plus shipping each B.) I have a ton of nail polishes and some of them are bound to work.
The problem you’ll run into is if you don’t get the special nail polishes that Konad makes you’ll have a problem. The Konad polishes have a high viscosity so
they show up so much better than most regular nail polishes. So if you don’t have high viscosity or certain polishes, a light base color nail polish is important. When you stamp on the design it won’t disappear into the darkness. Very opaque and thick polishes will work you just have to find certain colors from certain brands.
- get a rough edged nail file to file about 3 times in one direction across the Konad stamp and about 3 times in the opposite direction. This helps the nail polish stick to the bottom of the stamp better and prevents smearing when you apply it to your nail. You may have to do this periodically because nail polish and remover are rough on the rubber.
- Yes, there are knock offs. You can find the differences in the products if you search on youtube for “how to tell fake konad”.
- I have found that black nail polish from about any brand..wet n wild is only .99 cents works as well as the thicker black polish made for nail stamping.
- White nail polish of most brands works well stamped over dark colors too.
- A trick I discovered is that if you mix a chalky white nail polish..you can get white nail polish cheap too, when mixed with a darker, more sheer color comes out to lighter more opaque color (or depending on the amount of shimmer in the darker polish maybe a little bit of shimmer). This is helpful because now you can stamp on dark base nail color such as black, but you should experiment on a piece of paper or a fake nail first to make sure the stamp will show on a darker base.
- Don’t forget to work in a well ventilated area..open a window!
- You can also thicken nail polishes by pouring the amount you’ll need out into a small container and let it thicken for a few minutes before applying to the image plate and scraping. Old nail polishes also work since they become thicker after time.
- It is very important that you work quickly. If you don’t the polish will either dry on the nail plate or on the stamper and you won’t get a print or worse, you’ll get half of a print and have to redo the whole nail.
- Holding the scraper at a 45 degree angle when you scrape off the polish works better than scraping at a 90 degree angle.
- Another trick I discovered is when you apply the nail polish to the image plate, drag your scraper across it a few (about 3 times) quickly across the polish covered image plate. This fills up the etching in the plate to the fullest, so you’ll have a bolder, thicker stamp on your nail.
- You don’t need to press the stamp down hard on the image plate to transfer the polish. Gently rolling the stamp over it will work much better and not smear your image.
- Line up and roll the stamp over your nail steadily to transfer the image.
- Konad image plates were a lot smaller than I’d anticipated. I have a long nail bed and some of the images don’t cover my whole nail. It is difficult to line up the design to stamp if you have to stamp another time on your nail.
- Some people use an old gift card or credit card as the scraper, I tried it and it did not work for me. I couldn’t get the polish off the plate enough to show the design clearly. It doesn’t leave scratch marks like the konad scraper does. I think material in between the two would work best.. try this method and if you have luck share it with me please!!
- On Amazon there many types of image plates including Konad. I’ve ordered these as well and while some of the designs are neat, the full nail size stamps are smaller than konad’s. This makes it more difficult and time consuming if you want to fill up your nail. The edges of the some plates are very sharp, so you might consider getting a nail file and filing down the edges outside, away from your face, even wearing a face mask–you don’t want to breathe metal particles.
- Clean your plate and stamper with tweezers and a cotton pad with non acetone nail polish remover between each stamp on your nail…if you don’t it won’t work.
- Acetone is hard on the rubber stamp and will degrade your stamp faster, so use a non acetone remover and when you are entirely finished with your nails rinse off your stamp with water.
- Don’t forget to clean your plates after each stamp with remover or the polish won’t stick to the stamp.
- The double headed stamp shown above is great. You can stamp smaller images much easier with the small end and larger ones at the opposite end.
- A topcoat such as seche vite fast dry top coat is very useful. it makes the images a little less matte and last much longer than without a top coat.
- Acetone works much faster than other removers and removes glitter nail polish easier, but it is also much stronger. It will make your nails weaker than non-acetone removers after repeated uses, so always wash your hands after you use it on your nails. Don’t forget moisturize your nails/hands and painting your nails with a strengthener.
There are many other tips and lists of nail polishes that work well using this nail art method. A quick search should pull up many results. Youtube has a plethora of tutorials as well.
products used in my photo: black nail polish for a base, a dark purple metallic nail polish mixed with a matte white nail polish and a little bit of a Sally Hansen HD purple polish (for the stamps), seche vite fast dry top coat.
Please leave me a comment if you have any tips or nail polishes that work well with this product, feedback is appreciated, and don’t forget to leave me a rating! Thank you!!