Monday, April 14, 2014

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Stamping and colouring with the leadlight technique

I recently watched a YouTube video by Messy Mansion showing how to do the lead-light technique for stamping.

Basically, the process involves stamping your design onto a white or light coloured base using a dark polish.  Then you use sheer jelly polishes to colour in the design. The polishes need to be sheer enough to be able to see through to any details of the stamp, but also opaque enough to be able to see the colour.  I just mixed up some jellies using some tints and plenty of suspension base.

Here is what I ended up with.  It's very spring like - which is totally the opposite to the seasons here at the moment, and it also ended up very green because of the amount of foliage showing in this stamping design.  I like how it looks like a water colour painting.





What do you think of this technique?  I love how easy it is to do, you can be a little messy and it still looks nice and its also a lot quicker than doing reverse stamping or stamping decals.

13 comments:

  1. Love your lead-light attempt <3 It looks like a painting. I haven't yet tried the technique,but certainly will!

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  2. Beautiful mani, it is a very nice technique. If I were any better at stamping, I would probably try it. :-)

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  3. This is absolutely stunning! I need to make time to try this technique soon, although I'll have to create my own tints for it too since I have very few jellies.

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  4. absolutely beautiful! i need to try this !

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  5. I love this! It looks like a watercolor and I have lots of pretty jellies so I am going to go watch her video and see how this works. Fantastic mani!

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  6. I really dig this look. And all your colours too! Can't wait to mess around with this technique! WIN.

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  7. I love it. I will have to see which of my polishes are good for this technique and will definitely try it :)

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  8. Lovely mani. This looks cool and faster than the decal technique

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  9. I love this look Cathy - just beautiful x

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  10. the way I see it, it's amazing. If you like it, I love it too... It's easy and spring.

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  11. I think it looks stunning! <3 I just started my vacations and just picked jelly polishes to do this technique. I can't believe how long I waited lol. And trust me, your designs is tuly inspirational :) Kisses,

    Cristina

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  12. This looks beautiful =) I Have to try this technique, I just got the OPI Sheer Tints, they would prob work good for this..

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  13. I lurve it! I agree that the Sheer Tints would be perfect for this. I've done it the other way round, laying down shapes of colour and stamping on top of it, but I love this effect.

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