I started out with a white base, painted two coats of that and let that dry thoroughly. Then I took a sponge and added a light gradient with purple at the tips and very light pink at the base of the nail. That dried very quickly and I got to stamp with my new plate! I chose a happy design with stars and arrows. It transferred really well, but placement is not my strong suit. I haven't done stamping that much before, so I think I'll get the hang of it soon.