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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Shortcut I'm Happy to Take: Water Marble Stamping


Water marbling: If you've tried it, you probably hate-love it (unless you're one of those girls with ridiculous natural marbling talent, in which case I hate-love you too). On one hand, it produces gorgeous results. Really unique, showstopping results. On the other hand, it's hard. Really hard. There are a million things that could go wrong at any step in the process. I've just never managed to do it without getting frustrated.

I was happy to take a shortcut for today's water marble effect. Enter: Vivid Lacquer's imitation water marble stamping image.


Though I've never been much of a stamper, I still found this much easier than marbling. I think it'd be gorgeous to do a rainbow gradient as the base and then stamp black "marbling" over the top.

I used:
Vivid Lacquer plate VL009
Sally Hansen Leaden Lilac
ILNP Indie Go

As always, I had no problems with the quality of the Vivid Lacquer plate. I really appreciate that the water marble image is oversized, so you can use a different area of the image for each nail. It definitely makes it look more realistic. Water marbling doesn't look 100% identical on each nail, and neither does this stamping!


Are you more of a water marbler or a stamper?

18 comments:

  1. I spent half a day once looking at water-marbling videos and decided it was just WAY too much trouble to bother with (although I love the look). I am also stamping-impaired, but I like this enough to buy the plate and give it a try. Thanks!

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  2. There's a gorgeous water spotted image on the plate as well -- I bet you could do a lot with that! :)

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  3. I love this colour combination! I've never tried doing a water marble design before - it seems so hard! This seems like a great shortcut though, having said that I've never tried stamping either! :)

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  4. I'm actually a fan of both but I tend to stamp more often just because it's so much easier. I have to mentally prepare myself for marbling (as bad as that sounds lol). I have this plate so I think I might pull it out and try the gradient and black combo you mentioned. Love this look btw. :)

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  5. I agree, water marbling is a love-hate rship. Stamping is definitely my go to choice and this plate makes it even easier.

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  6. To be the oddball, I love water marbling! It's really therapeutic for me, even though sometimes it just doesn't quite turn out the way you hoped. It does take some time and practice though. And patience ... A LOT OF PATIENCE :) AKA - my fiancé would never be able to do it cause he "roid-rages" any time something doesn't work right, lol!
    I love seeing that there are stamping plate designs to mimic the water marble look. Makes it much easier to achieve the "basic" look of water marbling :D

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  7. I've never tried water marbling but I quite like stamping so this looks like one I'll like to give a go :)
    This looks amazing!

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  8. Excellent use of one of my favorite VL plates! Simply gorgeous!

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  9. I love this idea.. Going to make life so much easier.. thank you for the post I love it!

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  10. Stamper.I feel just like you about water marbling

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  11. i'm definitely more of a stamper, but I wish I could master the marbling technique. It's just so pretty!

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  12. Mel (1polish5designs)June 11, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    I actually don't mind water marbling but this stamp would be great if you don't want to spend the hours it can take to get water marbling right. So this plate is an awesome idea!

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  13. Connie Angel Renee HerreraJune 11, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    I just want to try and get better at both and without getting frustrated over how much polish I waste trying to get it to look good!

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  14. Catriona DrysdaleJune 11, 2014 at 3:49 AM

    I like that this gives you the marbling look without too much hassle - go you!

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  15. I would much rather stamp than water marble. Sometimes the WM gods smile upon me and I get an acceptable mani. But typically I just end up doing a lot of cussing and vow to never to WM again.

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  16. I suck at stamping but water marble comes much easier to me. I would rather be able to stamp then water marble though!

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  17. I've never tried watermarbling, it just sounds way too scary. I love the look of the stamp and I really love stamping.

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