Day five coincides with St Patrick's Day, so it made sense to do some St Patrick's Day themed nails, especially knowing I had a good stamping plate with shamrocks etc on it.
I did cheat and do a tiny bit of freehand with the rainbow, but can I just admire how neatly my stamping came out for the four leaf clover on my index finger. I did double stamping on the two middle fingers, and I should have done it the other way around, with the darker shade underneath and the lighter green on top, that way it would have looked more like a shadow, rather than the messy misprint that it looks like now.
Dreamland lacquer Kiss me, I'm a fish is not only the perfect green for this mani, but the name is just perfect for St Patrick's day too, being an autocorrect play on the saying Kiss me, I'm Irish.
That will do for today, and for the end of another Digital Dozen week.
It's Day four for the Digital Dozen stamping week and I just went through and edited my photos for the last two posts. After editing the photos I uploaded here into Blogger and saved them without any text, just with the photos saved. Now looking through my draft posts I have 15 of them! 15!. So it turns out I love doing fun nail art, and taking the pictures. I apparently even don't mind editing the photos and uploading them. What I can't be bothered doing it writing them up as blog posts. Do you think it matters, maybe I can just post the photos and say nothing and that would be ok?
Onto this mani. I started with a base of my favourite ever gold polish, Lacquistry Amazeballz extra fine. For some reason I wanted to make it look a little chromier, so I rubbed in some unicorn powder from the Born Pretty Store. To the ordinary eye you couldn't really tell, but it did give it a smoother finish, and a very slight duochrome red to green shimmer over the top.
On top of the base I did some stamping decals. After the previous white stamping on Tuesday, I decided to do some more white stamping (with just a dash of colour). I think the image is sunflowers, but in white they looked like daisies.
Welcome to day three of this stamping extravaganza. Let's see if I did something different today. Hmmmm look at that, a gradient with stamping on top. Sorry, turns out I'm not feeling too original this week.
This is a water marble stamping image off a plate labelled L005, which I think I got from the Born Pretty Store. I pulled out my Grace-ful fruit salad collection for the gradient, cause they just make the perfect gradient. I actually wish I just wore the gradient for this, rather than the stamping on the top, I feel like this stamping image is too solid and doesn't show the colours behind it well enough, it looks too black.
Don't you just love it when you do a thing and it turns out way better than you were expecting. So yeah, I did a thing and I'm so happy with how it turned out. Firstly the gradient with Picture Polish mad magenta and citrus was just so bright and delicious, and then I did this plain black and white stamping and it just pops like no body's business.
All the flower images are off Konad Square Image plate 31 which I got from DRK nails. It's a layered plate, so to get images like these you either need to make stamping decals or use a clear stamper and double stamp. In this instance I did double stamping with a clear stamper.
Hello out there. Can you believe it's another Digital Dozen week already. I've gotta say that I think if it weren't for the Digital Dozen weeks each month to keep me motivated, then this blog just might fall to the wayside and die. Don't get me wrong, I still love painting my nails, and still do nail art on them at least once or twice a week, but seriously, who out there really cares whether I'm posting here or not?
My first mani uses some polishes I bought with my Birthday gift voucher from Femme Fatale that my local nail buddies got me. I got the Dreamland lacquer set of neon scattered holos from the Autocorrect collection. I've not yet worn them each as single colours or even swatched them, but I have painted them onto my swatch sticks and I can say that they have a wonderful jelly appearance to show through lots of scattered holo. I remember going back years and years ago chatting with Noelie from Dreamland lacquer (Smitten back them) about where on earth to find these scattered holo particles. I'm so glad they are easy to come by now days, and to see these amazing colours from Noelie.
I must point out that because I created a gradient with the shades, over a white base, that the colours look very pastel here. In reality, each colour on it's own is very vibrant.
The little deer stamping was off BP35 and the leaves off something else.I took a leaf out of @Clairestelle8 book and added the double stamping. I always love how her stamping has so much depth because of it, but I'm not sure I quite achieved that.
I've made it to day 5 of the Mythical Creatures week, and for my final mani I really pushed myself for a full freehand design. Like many of the other manis this week, I chose dragons as a prompt, but my dragons are a little bit different.
My daughters current favourite show is Dreamworks Dragons, which all started with the How to Train Your Dragon movie, and then followed with 8 seasons and another movie. She binge watched season six on Netflix last weekend and is now busting for the third movie to come out. Although I am a bit worried it's going to be a bit of a sad ending with Hiccup and Toothless both going their different ways.
Anyway, I painted four of the main five dragons here. I could pretend that I painted Barf and Belch on my thumb, but we all know I secretly only painted four nails just to post here.!
So here they all are, Toothless, Stormfly, Hookfang and Meatlug, all in their freehand painted glory.
Day 4 and I've started to do a little freehand today, on my way to tomorrow which is all freehand work! Today's mythical creature is the Demogorgon.
I only recently watched Stranger Things. Well it was in mid December last year, but that is still pretty recent. I really loved the two series and I'm looking forward to season three next year some time I'm guessing.
For this mani I started with a black to white gradient. I then stamped some bare looking trees in grey and black and added some tiny white dots to represent the floaty white stuff that was always around in the upside down. I then attempted to paint the open mouth of the demogorgon. I think it looks a bits more like a flower, but if you squint your eyes a little you can pretend those white dots are it's sharp teeth.
Day 3 and today we have the Phoenix. When I think of a Phoenix, I always think of Fawkes from Harry Potter.
I created a holo gradient using two Anna Gorelova polishes from Dance Legend. These are front the Anna Gorelova Summer collection from last year and the two colours are 26 (yellow) and 31 (orange/red). For a bit of extra bling I sponged on a for bright yellow holo glitters.
Stamping is from Messy Mansion plate MM14, which has a range of bird themed images on it.
Argh - I did a thing! Don't worry I didn't go get acrylics or gel, I just put on some long stick on nails an painted them. All I can say is how to girls with long nails like this even function! The truth is I could barely wear these for 30 mins.
Why did I do this you ask? Well I had seen so many amazing unicorn horn gel nails on instagram, but they were always done on long coffin or stiletto shaped nails. A unicorn horn was always going to look a little silly on my shorter square nails.
In the end I ended up doing a specific unicorn, Princess Cadance from My Little Pony. I have a whole sheet of MLP stickers for my daughter, but they are pretty sucky and don't stick very well. Under the holo unicorn horn nail is actually bright pink, as Cadance's horn is pink, but that holo is so blinding it's hard to see the pink tint behind it.
It's another Digital Dozen week already, and this weeks prompt is pretty fun. Mythical Creatures! I've actually got all my mani's already painted. I've done some classic 'easy' mythical creatures, plus I've mixed in some more random, less thought of creatures too. Add, to bring my achievement level up to 100, I've done a few with free hand designs as well. So it looks like you are in for a good week of nail art.
I'm starting with a classic mythical creature, by doing some mermaid scales. Mermaid is just too easy to go past for this prompt. A bit of a gradient, some flakes to add some scaly reflections and a scaled stamping plate. I was rather pleased with myself for not going with the traditional black stamping for once. I always seem to go for black or white, so it was nice to use the muted grey colour this time.
My base for this mani was two of the Sally Hansen Lustre Shine from 2013. The flakie polish is a blue to green one from Inglot, which is almost lost in all the photos, except the macro, but it did throw off some extra shine.