Nail Art Stamping Decal Tutorial

July 22, 2013

So I made a quick tutorial for you girls to explain how I did the rose decal from my previous Tattoo inspired design.
Hope this will help you to understand how this method works, and if you still have questions after reading this tutorial, please feel free to ask!
Here we go :)

What you will need to create a stamping decal:
Rubber stamper + scraper
Stamping polish
Nail polish in colors of your choice
Fine nail art brush or toothpicks
Tweezers or a needle
Clear nail polish


Step 1
Pick a stamping plate with your desired design. Note that if you want to create a colorful decal, you should use a design that has lines that can be filled, like the rose outline for instance.
The plate I used for this is Nailz Craze NC06 Tattoo plate.

Step 2
Transfer the design to a rubber stamper with a stamping polish.
Let the nail polish dry a bit before moving on to the next step. 
You can blow on it or wait about a minute.
The polish I used for stamping is Konad Black.

Step 3
With a fine nail art brush, fill the inner lines of the leaves with a green polish. 
The polish I used is Barry M Watermelon.

Step 4
Repeat step 3 with the rose itself, this time painting the inner part of the rose with a red nail polish. For larger areas you can use the brush of the nail polish itself, and then fill the delicate areas with the fine nail art brush or a toothpick with small dabbing motions.
The polish I used is Barry M Pomegranate.

Step 5
Wait for the nail polish on the stamper to dry completely, then apply a clear nail polish.
After that, wait a couple of minutes for the decal to dry on the stamper.
I used Poshe Top Coat for this step but any clear nail polish will do the job.

Step 6
Lift the decal from the rubber stamper. You can use tweezers or needle to pick the corner of the nail polish decal, then it will lift easily. 
Note that this is a very delicate decal, so be careful when handling it.

Step 7
Your decal is ready for use!
You will notice that it has a bit magnified finish, because it dried on the rubber surface.
When placing the decal on the nail, you want your nail polish (on the nails) to be a bit tacky (a bit sticky, if you touch it with your fingertips it will leave a finger print on it). Place the decal onto the nail, smooth it with your finger or a q tip, and apply a top coat once you are done.

I hope this tutorial was helpful and that you will enjoy using this technique.
Thank you for reading!

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57 Comments

  1. Great tutorial! I was waiting for a more detailed post than the ones I've seen around Facebook. Perfection.

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad I was able to help :)

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  2. This is genious! Thanks for making a tutorial, can't wait to try it.

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    1. Thanks. Not my idea tho, but I though would be nice to share with those who are not familiar with this technique yet :)

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  3. This is excellent idea for how to use this :)

    I bought a stamping kit but I could not get it to work right. I was leaving out the step of using the clear nail polish over it to make it a decal. Now, it is working great thanks!

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  4. Great tutorial! Hopefully I can recreate it at home.. My shaky hands makes it so hard sometimes..

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  5. WOW! I would have never thought of this myself! It's a genius idea, Natalie! I am in awe... Will try that for sure when I'll receive my plate! :D

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    1. Thanks. Not my idea tho, but I though would be nice to share with those who are not familiar with this technique yet :)

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  6. That's SO cool! I love the new plate!!

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  7. This is genius! I can't believe I never thought of this before.. I'll be doing a lot of nail stamping now; thank you for sharing! :-)
    ~ xx

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  8. So brilliant! Will be trying this out soon :)

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  9. Awesome way to do it :) Looks perfect as well!

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  10. SOO COOL!

    Camilla
    // http://www.fitspoblog.com/

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  11. Amazing! I SO need to try this!

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  12. This is great! Thank you for sharing!

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  13. Great tutorial Natalie! I am drooling over that image plate!

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  14. Wow, great idea! Can't wait to try it! Thank you!

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  15. Very useful, dear! I have to try this! :)

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    1. Glad I could share with you something new. Have fun! :)

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  16. Wow! I love this rose design :)

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  17. Never thought of using my stamper that way!!!! Can't wait to try it! Thank you!!!!

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  18. Such a detailed tutorial!!! I loved it! Thanks!

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  19. Awesome! I will try this! Thank you for the tutorial! <3

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  20. great tutorial, thank you for sharing ^.^

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  21. This is pure awesomeness! Thank you so much!! :D

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  22. Your new plates is amazing too! Great tutorial! Thank you!
    This technique is hard but very interesting for me)

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  23. Such a cool stamping idea! You are amazing!! xx

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  24. That's amazing, Natalie. So original!! Thank you!

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  25. well now i had to go and buy that plate just for the rose!

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  26. Wow! Thanks for sharing! It looks really great!

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  27. Wow this is really great! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. what an awesome idea so have to try this

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  29. This is awesome! I've always wondered how people got their nail stamping to look like this. THANK YOU :D

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  30. Thanks for this tuto I will try

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  31. Awesome, I never knew that it could be done this way. Super, thanks for sharing! I need to try this soon.

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  32. WOW!! Very cool! I'm ddd Post to favorites - ever try to repeat :)

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  33. Excellent! Thanks a lot, now also want to do so))

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  34. Genius! I also want to try now!

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  35. Oh my gosh seriously this rose is PERFECT! Were you paying close attention to how you filled the rose in? Or did you just paint it kinda messy to just fill it in in general? Hope that makes sense!

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  36. Awesome! I definitely try this.

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