I had no idea what to do for this prompt or even really what it meant. So I chose a simple mani, inspired by the colour blue. Using flocking powder, which I think I bought here and these decals from the born pretty online store.
I had a lovely grey to blue gradient going on, to put the decals over and then discovered they need to go over a white base! Use my code ABL91 for 10% off and free worldwide shipping.
Well today’s nails must be the simplest ever. They have been on my to do list for ages. All I did was download an image of a barcode and print it onto clear waterslide decal paper, (more about the paper in this post.) I painted some fake nails white, applied the decal over the top and sealed with top coat.
I’ve used fake nails because I wanted quite a bit of the lines of the barcode and at the moment my nails are short and in pretty poor condition. The joys of letting your friends practice acrylic on you! I’m using a strengthening treatment called Revitanail Sensitive, so in a few weeks I can tell you if it actually works on not.
For those of you that don’t know today is Star Wars day. May the forth be with you!! Quiet witty I think. I found this image of Darth Vader on a tablet cover on this site. I edited the image and made a water slide decal out of it. See this post for more info on how to make your own decals.
I then painted the other nails with Ulta 3 “Triple Threat” and added some touches of Emily de Molly “Dark Crystal” to look like a deep space backgroud. Added my decal over a white background, top coat and done!
I am somewhat fascinated by old things, they tell a story of a different age, an era gone by. I took inspiration from these Victorian/Vintage Valentine’s day cards and made decals using my super awesome waterslide decal paper for photocopiers!!
That’s cheating you might think, well its not as easy as it seems. These nails actually took me …hours…. So you find the design you want, the easy part. You then need some kind of editing software so you can get the picture the right size to fit on your nails, very tiny, (the hard part.) I use HP photo creations (which is free to download) and used the 10 x 15cm paper setting size to edit in. Next to do a test print on plain A4 paper to make sure the sizing is right. Tweak the sizes and placements if needed, I try to squeeze in as many designs as possible, more for next time too!
Print on either white decal paper or clear, for this design I chose white. Imagine it as either printing on a white sheet of paper or a clear sheet of plastic when choosing which paper to use. You will either get a solid design or a transparent one. Okay then let the design “dry”, as you would a photo that you print at home. Seal the design for inkjet printers, but not needed for laserjets, I use clear polish. Next to cut out and apply your design as you would a regular waterslide decal.
For these nails I started with a sponged base of aqua, turquoise and pale blue to look like clouds and that distinctive patchy/dotty look that prints of this time had. I then applied the decals and did my best to paint around them to match them to the background, (also a hard part!) I then applied a matte top coat. These nails came out just as I hoped they would, love that decal paper!
I have since entered these nails in the River Island, “We heart nail art blogger challenge” and the prize is lots of shopping money! If you have a Valentine’s mani you would like to enter, there is still time, entries close on February 24.