Well my lovely lovely friend Eva bought me a Konad starter set for my birthday (and Misa Dirty Sexy Money but that's another post!). Konad stuff has been on my wishlist for ages so I am truly grateful to receive it! Eva, please forgive the following rant!
So I painted my nails with the Misa polish which is lovely and decided to have a little play. So I got everything out. Couple of pre soaked (with nail varnish remover) pads, cleaned the stamper and the disk and then chose white special polish and a couple of cute little flowers to stamp on each index finger. I laid out everything in front of me and off we went. White polish on the plate, scraped it over my design, rolled the stamper firmly over the design. Nothing. Nothing transferred to the stamper at all. So I pick up my pre soaked cotton wool, clean the scraper, plate and stamper and this time, as I pick up the wet cotton wool, despite my best efforts, little acetone soaked fibres are sticking into the polish on my right hand, dissolving my manicure. I try again. This time, half the image picks up. So off we go again, cleaning it all again, more acetone spoiling my polish, little fibres sticking to it. Lovely. Off we go again. This time the whole image picks up, or so it appears and I quickly go about rolling the stamper over my index nail... nothing. I was fast too. Obviously not fast enough. So off we go again, cleaning all the kit and trying again. Again I manage to pick up the whole image (I think) stamp it straight on my finger. It's not quite right, position wise, and a couple of bits of flower petals are missing but I don't care. Same thing happens on my other hand too.
Possibly the single most stressful thing I have EVER done to my hands. And that includes cutting my palm open on glass. I know it's just a case of practice makes perfect and I certainly will try again but only when I have a couple of hours to spare and I'm full of good mood and patience. I have read so much about tips and techniques and I worked fast, had my workstation organised, cleaned everything to remove oils from my fingers but to no avail. Even the finished result was only 90% all stamped on.
I think I'll be leaving it a while before I try again. Tell me it gets better! I really want stars on my nails!