I know you're curious what will happen if your nail ISN'T matte...let me tell you and save you the trouble. The powder will stick to your background and you won't have much of a stamped design. You'll have a whole nail of powder. The matte background acts like flour when your kneading dough on a counter top - it prevents sticking. The powder will only adhere to the wet part of the polish which is what you're picking up with the stamper head.
- Use a stamper that you don't mind getting messed up. If you continue to use this powder technique over time the stamper head will get cloudy or possibly tear - I suppose it's the fine-ness of the powders. Many of us have different stampers, just dedicate one for this technique.
- But I can't see through to line up the design! Yes, that is a downfall, but no worries. I'd recommend that you flip the stamper over so the head is facing you and you press your nail into the stamper (opposite of the normal stamping method where you take the stamper to the nail). This may help you line up your design and nail a little better.
- So you have powder left over on your stamper head - no biggie! If you have a Sticky Stamper Station, scotch tape or a sticky lint roller, just plop the head onto that sticky surface and continue pressing on the surface until the stamper head is clean. Repeat the process all over again.
What are your thoughts on this technique? Do you love it or hate it? Let us know how it's working for you in the comments.