Floral Stamping over Water Marble

Ever had a great idea for a mani and everything seems to be coming together perfectly and then you are almost done and you notice a fatal flaw? Enter todays nails.

I really wanted to do some stamping over a watermarble. I spent about an hour this morning trying out different color combinations, managed to find a handful of polishes that marble beautifully and work well together and everything was going swimmingly until I got to the actual stamping part. But I am getting ahead of myself…

I started this mani by painting one coat of Barielle – Going to the Chapel. I almost always put down some kind of base when I water marble, just so the colors pop a bit better. One coat is plenty, it doesn’t have to be perfectly opaque or anything, just enough so that the white can show through the marble layer and brighten the colors.

For my actual marble, I used ORLY – Cotton Candy, OPI – Do You Lilac It?, Sally Hansen, Bubblegum Pink and Sonia Kashuk – White Lie. (As an aside, there is actually where I made my first mistake. Shouldn’t have used the white. Not have been some misfiring neurons.) I created a flower shape for each nail and let them dry completely. I wish I had gotten a picture at this stage, because the colors are really pretty together and my marble was pretty decent. I painted on a coat of Seche Vite and allowed it to dry completely.

White stamping over water marble.
White stamping over water marble

It is at this point where I notice the fatal flaw in my plan. For straight up white stamping, I generally use Finger Paints – Gesso. For most stamping, it is really opaque looking and I absolutely love it. It didn’t occur to me that it wouldn’t be quite opaque enough to cover the water marble. Oops. It does a pretty good job, but the lines from the marble are still peeking through. Lesson learned.

To finish this mani off, I used a small dotting tool and dotted the center of all the flowers with Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow.


  • Essie – Grow Stronger Base Coat
  • Barielle – Going to the Chapel
  • ORLY – Cotton Candy
  • OPI – Do You Lilac It?
  • Sally Hansen – Bubblegum Pink
  • Sally Hansen – Mellow Yellow
  • Sonia Kashuk – White Lie
  • Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat
  • BM-XL05

I do like the way these look, even if they aren’t perfect like they were in my imagination. It was a fun practice in mixing different techniques that I don’t usually use together on one nail.