Today was a chance to try another new technique- stamping decals. I had attempted this once before and it was a disaster. I had been scared off for some time, but finally roused up enough courage for a second attempt. I still don't really understand the tricks behind a successful stamp decal. But I managed to figure it out well enough to enjoy today's result, and to want to keep trying.
For the decals I stamped the image, then left it on the stamper.
With a small detail brush I randomly painted in shapes with white and blue polish.
Then I applied topcoat over the image and past it, creating a clear border.
Once that was dry I used tweezers to lift it off the stamper then transfer the decal to my nail.
The two things I struggled with were 1) having the colors smear underneath because I had too much polish. Then the worst, 2) the decal becoming too crunchy and wrinkly, and it wouldn't lay smooth on the nail. If you know of any helpful hints, I would love to know!
For my thumb nail I just freestyled a design with a brush. It came out looking a little too "Illuminati". Shhh..I've already revealed too much.
What I used:
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue
Wet n' Wild Ebony Hates Chris
MoYou London Hipster 07 stamping plate
Born Pretty black rhinestones
Here's what I did for last year's 31DC2013 Yellow post.
I'm happy that this mani basically came out how I first imagined it. I especially love the finishing touches of the black rhinestones!