Monday, February 10, 2014

Adventures in Stamping Post #3: Robots in Love

I have to start this post by saying that I'm incredibly proud of the manicure I have to show you today. I got brave and stepped way, WAY outside my comfort zone for this one, and I'm so pleased with the result!

These cute little robots are from the MoYou Sci Fi Collection Plate 02, which I used to make my own decals. I did a lot of research and watched tons of YouTube videos before attempting this, but in the end, the methods I used are #1 and #2 (as demonstrated by Lucy's Stash in her amazing video tutorials). And I'll be honest: it wasn't as easy for me as she makes it look! I went through a lot of stamping attempts that didn't turn out quite right, and I had a heck of a time getting the finished decals to adhere smoothly to my nails. (Thankfully, my pictures don't really show most of the little air bubbles I accidentally trapped under the decals!). It ended up taking me an entire evening to make six successful decals (three for each hand), but I think it was more than worth it! I wore this manicure for several days and couldn't stop looking at my nails the entire time.

The polishes I used are as follows:
  • Zoya Rue for the base
  • essence black stamping polish for the stamped outlines
  • Zoya Trixie, Zoya Purity, and a-england Rose Bower for the detail on the decals (all painted in with a small detail brush)
  • Julep Joelle for the glitter on the accent nails
As I mentioned, putting this manicure together was a really big challenge for me, especially given my overall struggles with stamping. I made sure to go slow and give myself lots of chances to fail/learn from my mistakes, which I think made all the difference for me. I also just had to accept that there would be a few imperfections in the finished look and let go of my frustration over them! So if you're inclined to try making your own decals, my main recommendations are to set aside plenty of time, and don't be afraid to make adjustments and try new things as you go. For example, I learned after applying the first decal that I needed to put down a base of my slowest-drying topcoat first, to give myself plenty of time to get them stuck in the right place before the topcoat dried!

I'm also counting this as a Valentine's Day manicure, because these robots just look so sweet together and I'm convinced they're in love. :)

Anyway, I'd love to hear what you think about making your own decals—hit me up in the comments! Have you tried this before? What worked/didn't work for you? If you haven't tried it, what would you be interested in hearing about/seeing before you do?

Thanks for looking!


  1. Thank you for your tips & links to good videos. I tried cut-out decals today for 1st time and got lots of bubbles. I think maybe I rushed too much and/or used wrong topcoat (it was a quick dry). Your decals are so cute! Love the robots in love!!

    1. The bubbles are definitely a challenge! I'm mulling over some ideas to help mitigate the problem, so I'll be sure to post about it if I have any success.

      And thank you! :)

  2. I've not tried it terribly afraid it's going to be an epic fail..haha. Your robots are adorable!

    1. Thank you! It's definitely one of the more challenging things I've tried, but I think it's doable! Maybe trying one little decal for an accent nail would be a good test. :)

  3. the base colour flatters your skin so well, the decals you made are so sweet and they turned out really well


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