Jamie Cameron, owner of Jamie’s Nails in Herrin, Ill., was looking out for her fellow techs when she created her latest nail art technique. “I was thinking along the lines of techs who can’t offer nail art because they aren’t naturally artistic,” Cameron says. Her innovative solution? Using predesigned art — in the form of postage stamps.
“It really opens the door for techs who wouldn’t be able to do nail art otherwise, including giving them options for the holidays with seasonal stamps,” Cameron says. Her adventurous client Hillary Howard added her own unique touch; she went to the local post office to have the nails postmarked.
The set took about two hours to complete, but it was well worth it for all the compliments her client received, Cameron says. Cameron does note that the nails have to be pretty long for the technique to work, making the design more for show than for wearability; she also says next time she might scan in the stamps and shrink them down in order to fit on shorter nails.
Here are the steps to create your own postage stamp art:
1. Let your client select the postage stamps she’ll be wearing.
2. Cut the stamps to the desired length, making sure it will cover the majority of the nail.
3. Apply the stamps to clear tips.
4. Seal the tips with clear acrylic.
5. (Optional) Send your client to the post office to have her new nails postmarked.