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Do It Yourself: Trendy Nails!

Ok. I’ve had a few people write to me and ask me to do a tutorial on how I do my own nails. Let me start by saying, I don’t use decals or press on nails and I don’t go to a salon to get them done. I love having fancy nails but I don’t like having to dish out $480 a year (not counting tips!) to get my nails done professionally. It doesn’t seem like much when you’re only looking at it as spending $20-25 (again, without a tip), every two weeks BUT it adds up!! I also like the freedom to change my nails up as often as I like! These days, I tend to do them just about every 3 days; not because I have to (they aren’t chipping) but because I like to change up my designs! Anyway, this is how I do it….



  • Nail Stamping Tools (Scraper and Stamper)
  • Nail Stamping Plates (there are several THOUSAND to choose from)
  • Nail polish of your Choice
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Cotton Swabs and Cotton Balls
  • Nail File

(Everything should cost you less than $30)

Your first step is to decide which design you want to use. Like I said, there are several thousand to choose from! Each plate usually has 5 to 6 designs on it. So, I’d suggest purchasing a plate kit. Mine came with 25 plates.


I’m going with the leopard print.

Next, choose the base color(s) you want to use. I started with a top coat, then put a french manicure pink shade over.


I added a cute gold and pink glitter polish over my base color. Remember, you can use any colors you like. The key to a great nail is having a solid base coat. If you use a base that is too glittery, your stamp may not work. You may have to play around a bit here to find the polishes that work for you.

The next thing you want to do is prep your stamper. All you have to do is run it over a nail file a few times so your design really sticks.


You may need to do this between nails too. For some reason, the stamper likes to stop picking up the polish after a few uses. Rubbing it over a nail file will have it working like a charm again!

Once your stamper is prepped and your base colors are on and dry, open the polish you’ve chosen for your design.

*You do not need special stamping polish for this! I have found that the cheaper polishes, the ones that seem almost a bit dry and tacky, do the best job. *

Once your polish is open, use it to paint over the design you’ve chosen.


It doesn’t have to be thick, but you do want your polish to cover the design.

Now, use your scraper tool to scrape off the excess polish.


It should look like this if you scraped it correctly.


Quickly grab your stamper and place it directly onto the design. Press down firmly!


Your design should lift up just like this…


Now, place the stamper directly onto your nail. Again, use firm pressure. Try not to rock the stamper back and forth! You want a smooth up and down motion OR one “roll over” each nail.

IMG_7389_opt(Sorry this picture is blurry! It’s hard to get a good focus and snap a picture of both hands at the same time!)

As you can see, I printed on my finger as well. Don’t worry if this happens to you! Do all of your fingers before you worry about the polish on your skin!

Once all of your nails are done, take a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover and clean up any polish that made it onto your fingers.


That’s it!!


You’ve just jumped on the DIY nail trend AND you’ve saved hundreds of dollars by doing it yourself!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and I REALLY hope you enjoy trying this out! Just be warned, it’s addicting fun!

Thanks for reading and please remember to like, share, tweet, and pin this post! 🙂


  1. Thanks I have never thought about usuing a stamping tool, u have just open up a brand new door of design for me