I got around to practicing with my new Emily de Molly stamping plates, and figured out two things:
1) The reason I was getting huge gaps with my stamp was that I was using the wrong polish. For these tiny lines you need a really thick polish (aka a real stamping polish). I don’t own a stamping polish so I just grabbed a somewhat dried-out old black that I keep around expressly for stamping. Voila, tiny lines!
2) I need to invest in a super squishy stamper. Particularly a rectangular one. I am having massive trouble lining up my nails with the stamp (can you tell?) and I always either squish the free edge of my nails or miss them entirely. For this mani I managed to squish them (see my ring finger).
Overall, I like this mani. I wish I managed to make the stamp dark on all my nails and that I could manage to center it (oy), but the gradient is rather awesome and the whole thing evokes flames without me having to draw fire!
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Purple: Zoya – Margo
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: EdM – 11
The gradient itsself looked rather cool, so I snapped a few photos. It is hard to tell the difference between the orange, red, and purple in the photos for some reason, but in real life it looked pretty! Darn quasi-neons saturating my CCD camera.
Hope you enjoyed! I mentioned this on Tuesday, but the EdM stamping plates are on sale (well, some of them) at Llarowe. If you like ridiculously intricate stamping patterns, you should check them out. The patterns are actually big enough to cover my thumb, which should make everyone happy!