- Newspaper- I have almost ruined the coffee table once so now I always lay out newspaper (or something you don't mind getting covered in polish and nail polish remover) over my 'work surface' in case of mess- which is almost inevitable, especially with me (at least I learn from my mistakes!)
- Your chosen stamping polish- I've never used one of the 'special polishes' and all the brands I've used (mostly e.l.f. and Models Own so far, I keep experimenting with others) seem to stamp well :) I generally choose darker shades, as these show up best- but again, it's up to you!
- Cotton pads, cotton buds and nail polish remover.
3) Take your polish and splodge (yes, it's a technical term) a little onto the plate over the image, make sure you brush it into all the nooks and crannies. You generally can afford to be a little more generous than you think with this; make sure the design is fully covered.
4) Take your scraper and hold it at somewhere between a 45 to 90 degree angle, then scrape the polish downwards and off the plate- be firm or you'll end up leaving excess polish on the plate. This is where your newspaper will come in handy- notice the drippy mess? It's a good idea to wipe off (don't bother being too thorough) your scraper on your cotton pad, it can get gunky and harder to scrape if it has excess polish on.
Some general tips:
Always clean off your plate and stamper with nail polish remover and a cotton pad between each use. Excess polish in the plate can dry and clog up an image- causing uneven or incomplete stamps, and if polish is left on the stamper it can transfer and smudge onto other nails.
At the end of use- make sure all your things are properly clean- dried on polish is harder to remove.
Don't forget, you can choose to only stamp a small portion of an image if you wish, just put polish on the required section, and make sure you scrape away from the design. And you can stamp each design more than once on a nail- I like to do 1 and a bit stamps on my thumb, otherwise there is a lot of 'dead space' on my nail.
Do you have any tips to add? If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask :)