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Nail Stamping Not Working: 7 Common Mistakes You're Doing When Stamping Your Nails

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Nail Stamping Not Working (7 Common Mistakes You’re Doing When Stamping Your Nails)


Nail stamping, with its endless design possibilities, is meant to be fun and satisfying. Yet, it can be frustrating when it doesn't work out or things don't go as planned.

If you've ever found yourself struggling with nail stamping mishaps and your designs are not turning out the way you envisioned, don't worry – you're not alone.

In this guide, we'll delve into the most common nail stamping problems and equip you with practical tips and solutions to overcome them.

 

1. Not removing the protective film before using your stamping plate

Nail Stamping Not Working (Common Mistakes You’re Doing When Stamping Your Nails): Not removing the protective film before using your stamping plates

One of the nail stamping problems that beginners often encounter is the inability to pickup designs from their stamping plates.

If you're new to nail stamping and have just received your stamping plate, you're likely eager to start. However, if you can't pick up any designs, the solution might be simpler than you think.

Before you begin stamping, it's essential to remove the protective blue film. Most stamping plates come with this protective film that needs to be peeled off before use. This blue film is used to protect your plates and prevent damage during shipping.

So, if you're new to nail stamping and struggling to pick up the image, ensure you've removed the blue film.

See Related: Nail Stamping Frequently Asked Questions

2. Not cleaning your stamping plate after every use

Nail Stamping Not Working (Common Mistakes You’re Doing When Stamping Your Nails): Not cleaning your stamping plate after every use

Among nail stamping problems, one often overlooked issue is not cleaning the stamping plate after every use.

If you keep using the same design on a stamping plate without cleaning after every use, it’s very unlikely that you’ll get a clean pick up because the polishes have dried inside the engraving. And even when you have a nice pickup, sometimes there can be missing parts and bits of polish.

When a plate is not properly cleaned, it can have a residue that inhibits proper stamping. So, what you need to do is clean your plate after every use.

We recommend using only 100% acetone for cleaning your stamping plates because other polish removers may contain oils or moisturizers that can affect your pickup.

3. Incorrect image placement

Nail Stamping Not Working (Common Mistakes You’re Doing When Stamping Your Nails): Incorrect Image Placement, Use Clear Stamper Head

Misaligned images or designs that get cut off or don’t get fully stamped onto the nail can be a bit frustrating. Using a clear stamper will solve your placement problems.

Clear silicone stamping heads are designed for easy visibility when picking up designs. You can see right through it, allowing you to precisely position your image exactly where you want it on your nail. 

4. Working too slowly when stamping

Nail Stamping Not Working (Common Mistakes You’re Doing When Stamping Your Nails): Working too slowly when stamping

Stamping too slowly is another often overlooked nail stamping problem.

When doing nail stamping, it's essential to maintain a good pace to ensure successful results. Working too slowly can cause the polish to dry before it transfers onto your nail. So, prepare your stamping plates, polishes, stamper, scraper, and any other necessary tools in advance before you begin stamping.

Once you've applied stamping polish to the image, quickly scrape off excess with your scraper card. Then promptly pick up the image with your stamper and firmly press it onto your nail. It's crucial to work swiftly for successful results.

The key here is to set up and organize your workspace efficiently. Make sure everything you need is within reach before you start stamping, especially your essential tools for a smooth nail stamping process.

See related: Beginners Guide to Nail Stamping

5. Using cotton balls to clean your stamping plates

Nail Stamping Not Working (Common Mistakes You’re Doing When Stamping Your Nails): Using cotton balls to clean your stamping plates

Another often unaddressed nail stamping problem is cleaning stamping plates with cotton balls.

If you use cotton balls to clean your stamping plates, you'll likely notice tiny shreds of lint getting stuck on your stamping design.

Instead, opt for cotton rounds. Their flat surface makes it much easier to pick up residue. For even better results, choose quilted cotton rounds or lint free wipes, as they are less likely to leave behind lint.

Tip: For a more efficient nail stamping process, consider using a cotton claw grabber. This tool makes cleaning your stamping plate faster and easier by keeping lint and acetone away from your freshly painted nails.

6. Not sealing the design with high quality top coat

Nail Stamping Not Working (Common Mistakes You’re Doing When Stamping Your Nails): Not Sealing the Design, Use quality smudge free top coat

Skipping a topcoat can cause the design to smudge or chip. Always seal your stamped designs with a high-quality topcoat. We recommend using our smudge-free top coat, as it prevents smudging and protects your manicure with a high-gloss shine.

7. Cleaning your stamper head with acetone

Nail Stamping Not Working (Common Mistakes You’re Doing When Stamping Your Nails): Cleaning your stamper head with acetone

Do not use acetone when cleaning your stamper head, as 100% acetone and other nail polish removers may cause the head to become cloudy.

Instead, opt for safe cleaning methods for your stamper head, such as using our sticky stamper station, a lint roller, or scotch tape to remove polish from stamping heads. These three options are all safe and effective ways to clean your stamper heads.

Wrapping Up

Nail stamping, like any art form, has its share of challenges. Don't let nail stamping problems hold you back from creating stunning nail art. By identifying and correcting these common mistakes, you'll soon find yourself effortlessly creating those flawless nail designs you've always admired.

Remember, practice makes perfect, and every error is a learning opportunity. So, embrace the journey, keep experimenting, and conquer the world of stunning nail stamping designs
!

 

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