Stamping attempt number two!
I was inspired to do a purple and gold color scheme by all of the recent posts on The Nailasaurus that used a purple base color with metallic stamping.  Needless to say, the stamping wasn't exactly clean and neat.  The polish I used to do it was very old and gloopy, and I had trouble transferring the whole design.  On most of the nails I ended up stamping extra little design bits to fill in the holes.  I love the pattern, though.  It reminds me of endpapers in old books.  I'll probably be using it again with a different color combination soon.
Even though I'm not big on the whole swatching polishes thing (there are hundreds of nail blogs that do that, it's not my goal) I figured I'd throw in a super close up picture to try to capture the duochrome in the base color. 

 It's Out of This World from ORLY's Cosmic FX collection, and although it supposedly is a purple and silver duochrome, I see purple and gold.  Unfortunately, it's really not this apparent in real life... As you can tell from the rest of my pictures, the duochrome only shows up when you go hunting for it.
Despite those flaws, I loved this manicure & I'm going to try it again when I have a little more stamping experience.  These pictures are a little lacking since they were taken late at night, right before I took these colors off.  I would've worn them longer, but I'd suffered some major untimely chipping on my right hand, so it was time for a change.

Cast of Characters
  • Sinful Colors basecoat
  • Orly "Out of This World" (I picked it up for about $2 on sale at Sally Beauty.  It's a really great sparkly, foil-y purple, just don't expect it to be duochrome magic.)
  • No Miss "Gold Coast Gold" (Well, that's a redundant name.  I picked this up at Nugget Market, a Northern California grocery chain, when I was in grade school I think.  It's quite dry now, not to mention nearly empty, but I remember it being pretty awesome when it was new.)
  • Seche Vite topcoat
  • Bundle Monster image plate BM20
  • Cotton balls, Q-Tip, acetone, wooden clothespin, paper towels, old gift card/other scraper (not pictured)

NOTE:  Still waiting on a "How Stamping Works" post, I might do it today with the polish I have on now, it needs stamping.

  • Start with clean, dry nails & a well-ventilated space.
  • Put on your basecoat, let dry.
  • Paint all nails with Out of This World.  I needed only two coats to get the color opaque enough. Let dry completely.  Don't rush and smudge the first nail like I always seem to do.
  • Using the all-over vine pattern on BM20 and the gold nail polish, stamp all nails.
  • Add a coat of quick-dry topcoat.