Saturdays with Cynthia — Reverse Nail Stamping

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Image courtesy of Incoco®

Hello my Lovlies.  I am changing up my Saturday posts to include my new found passion (finger) NAILS.

  Instead of Surprise Saturday I am now going with Saturdays with Cynthia. In my Saturday posts I will now be sharing manicure trends, nail art, polish information and trends, professional nail industry information, as well as tips, tricks, and tools of the trade. 

With that being said, today I am going to share some reverse nail stamping techniques. 

I found this great tutorial and pictures on Manna's Manis & More


Here is a reverse stamping collage that walks you through the process.

Supplies Needed:
  • Plastic baggy. I would suggest using a ziploc freezer bag (or a silicone mat) 
  • Stamper — I used a creative stamper
  • Stamping polish — I used MDU Silver
  • Paint brush and/or dotting tool
  • Top coat —  I used Out the Door
  • Polishes of your choice — I used Top Shelf Lacquer Tropical Cocktail Paradise Collection.
  • Tweezers
  • Nail scissors
  • Something to put dots of polish on. I use a plastic artist palette I bought at a hobby store for $0.99
  • Clean up brush 
  • Acetone



Paint your nails a base of your choice. I used Top Shelf Lacquer Watermelon Malibu Surf. Top coat and let dry.






Get your freezer bag and paint top coat patches onto it. I do several at a time so I have many stamps to choose from. Let top coat dry. Stamp the top coat patches with your image. Be sure to pick an image that can be "colored in". I apply another layer of top coat to make sure the polish I use to color in the image doesn't bleed onto the stamp.





Use a paint brush or dotting tool to color in the image. Get creative! I made sure my images looked like a unicorn threw up on them. Don't worry if you color out of the lines. The image will look messy on the side that you're painting, but flip it over and see how pretty it is! Apply top coat if desired. Let dry for up to 30 minutes. 










This step is optional, you can choose to leave the decals on the plastic. I chose to cut out each one after they were dry enough. I then cut around the image so it would better fit my nail. I also cut out parts of the image I didn't want to transfer onto my nail. Make sure to remove the image from the plastic before cutting!







Doing ONE FINGER AT A TIME, apply top coat. QUICKLY apply the stamping decal onto your nail and press firmly, but not so firmly that it smudges your nail polish.


Take a clean up brush dipped in acetone and remove excess decal from around your nails. If there's a lot of excess, you can cut it off with scissors. You can also choose to use liquid latex so your clean up will be easier.  Next, apply a top coat.








I gotta say I was pretty impressed with these! I can't believe it's taken me so long to bite the bullet and just do it already. This took me almost 3 hours, so if you're going to try this be sure to clear your schedule for a while! Here is a pictorial for you. Save it, pin it, whatever!



Well my Lovlies, here you have my first installment of Saturdays with Cynthia about reverse nail stamping.

I also wanted to let you know there are tons of videos on YouTube about reverse nail stamping.  So go check them out. 

Comment below and let me know what think.  Also, let me know any topics you'd like me to talk about. 


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