Blog Archives

Vintage Valentine…

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!!

  swallow-clipart-graphicsfairy012b       vintage-valentines-clipart-graphicsfairy003a      swallow-Image-Graphics-Fairy2

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.

Vintage Valentine

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.


February 8, 2014 · 11:09 pm

Y is for Youtube tutorial…

IMG_8447 - Copy (2)

Inspired by a tutorial on youtube by Renierainyday, and her inspiration was a beautiful old postcard. Its a great tutorial, she makes it easy to draw the complex shape of the swallows.


May 8, 2013 · 11:55 pm

K is for Kiko…

Zagreb to Milan 934Kiko 330 is such a lovely colour, I bought this polish in Italy a couple of years ago. The Kiko store was amazing, they had every colour of the spectrum. This is my first attempt at something other than straight lines with a striping brush.

Leave a comment

May 2, 2013 · 7:48 pm

J is for jellyfish…

IMG_7835 - Copy (2)

Inspired by a needle drag mani and tutorial that I saw on Mr. Candiipants blog, she commented how her nails looked like jellyfish, so I thought I’d stick with the same technique and see if I could get them even more jellyfish like. I first put a blob of pale silver blue down, then the pink over the top and dragged both colours together and through each other.

Leave a comment

May 1, 2013 · 10:54 pm

B is for Butterfly Wings

IMG_7211 - Copy

I love this design, but who doesn’t love butterflies! Inspired by….well I don’t know who first did this, but they are clever.


April 29, 2013 · 12:53 am

A is for animal print.

Animal print                                                                   I recently participated in an alphabet challenge on facebook. With a bunch of lovely ladies at Llama nails.

Leave a comment

April 29, 2013 · 12:07 am