She here it is, my first attempt at stamping in 2013.
Not wanting to throw myself in at the deep end, I just went for stamped accent nails. Baby steps, you know.
I used Barry M Gold Foil and Teal, and Konad plate M83. I think my issue with stamping is that I can't get it perfect. When I do freehand, it's obviously not going to be perfect, because it's freehand. But with stamping, there's no reason it shouldn't be perfect lol. I do love that you can get such fine detail that I'd never be able to paint freehand though, and that you can get consistent results on every nail.
A few problems I encountered.
I'm rolling the stamp sideways across my nail, but then it misses off the top and bottom, since my nails and the stamper are quite curved in all directions. I tried just pressing the stamper into my nail so that it was in contact with nail across the whole length, as I rolled it sideways. On my index finger this ended up in all my polish getting smooshed up (you might just be able to make this out, although I hid it pretty well with the angle of the photo lol). Is this what other people do? Do I just need to let it dry a bit longer, or do I need to go for a roll across, roll up and down type manoeuvre? Any tips are greatly appreciated!
Here's a close up of the non-smooshed nail.
A few little gaps but, all in all, I don't think it's bad! Hopefully I can just keep improving from here :)
How about you - do you get on better with stamping or freehand?