Monday, April 16, 2012

Sponge Technique Gradient...

    I know, I know, my last post was about gradient nails, but this is gradient nails with a different technique. I went out and bought a pack of makeup sponges (I got 28 for $1.25) and decided to try the sponge technique.

First you need makeup sponges. These can be found just about any store and are fairly cheap.

Here are the colors I used:

I put one coat of the Sally Hansen Diamonds (I believe the color is Glass Slipper.)

Next I cut the sponge to fit my nail. (Oh and don't throw away the unused sponge. They are GREAT for cleaning off image plates.)

I then taped my thumb to help with clean up. You just need plain old scotch tape. I highly recommend this step. It's time consuming and a pain, (the reason I honestly only taped my thumb) but it helps with clean up tremendously.

All you do is paint the colors on the sponge in the order you want them. It doesn't matter if they over lap. Then sponge the color on.

After all my nails were finished I put on a clear coat. Then decided it needed...wait for it....a stamp! I used Konad black stamping polish and Red Angel 113 image plate and added another clear coat.

I was very pleased with the end result. I do think I could use some more practice though. There is a great YouTube video to show you how to perform this technique. I highly recommend checking it out before attempting to do it on your own.

Here is the link to the YouTube video I used: 

So, there you have it. Now you have two ways to get the perfect gradient. While you're out surfing the web stop by and visit my fellow stampers blog and enter her awesome giveaway. 

Thanks for reading. See you soon.  :p


  1. Looks pretty :) I sponged a lot but always layer by layer...sure would love to try it this way someday :)