I knew that I wanted to paint this ornament nail art the minute I added Maniology’s “Sequins” to my shopping cart. There’s something about alternative holiday color schemes that just feels really special. I love both the white/gold and teal/magenta Christmas looks the best. Today’s look obviously focuses on teal/magenta with a Maniology plate M078. And then I threw in the Christmas pickle in the background for laughs.
Sadly, M078 does not have pickle ornament, but Hit the Bottle’s Bah Humbug 03 does have a separate pickle ornament image. Respect the Christmas pickle!
Nail art products used
- Base Polish:
- Maniology’s “Sequins“
- Stamping Polishes:
- Hit the Bottle’s “Free to Flutterby“ and UberChic’s “Pure Black“
- Advanced Stamping Polishes:
- Born Pretty’s “Cherry Blossoms“; Essie’s “No Place Like Chrome“; Frankensteined “Grey French Tip” + “Melon Jelly“; Hit the Bottle’s “Free to Flutterby“; Sinful Colors’ “Bianca” + “Snow Me White“; and Zoya’s “Cala“
- Stamping Plates:
- Hit the Bottle “Bah Humbug 03” (pickle ornament background) and Maniology “M078“ (Santa, elf, reindeer, “merry x-mas”, spiral ornament)
Items in italics are debuting on the blog for the first time.
And now a mini tutorial…
Kawaii Ornament mini tutorial
Or rather, adding a subtle background stamp before your stamping decal.
- Start with a base color. I chose something metallic.
- Pick a background pattern that is not too bold, nothing that could ever be considered a negative space stamp. (first example)
And pick a stamping color where the contrast is in the finish more than the color. With a shimmery, metallic or holographic base, use a creme. With a creme base, use the opposite.
As a general rule you’ll want more color contrast if the base color is darker than the stamping polish.(second example) Using the same polishes you can see that if I reverse my stamping order there is too much contrast when the background is lighter. (third example)
- Stamp your background!
- Fill in your stamping decal and apply it. I covered the elf’s skin color with white to ensure none of the color behind it would show through. I also top coated before I applied the decals because teal is often a color that bleeds into anything stamped directly on it over time.
I don’t think this would work as well with a super busy polish like something with lots of contrasting flakies or chunky multi-colored glitter, but there are more ways to play…
Rock that thermal…
If you pick a color that fades into or matches the saturation level one of the thermal’s temperature states, you get a disappearing pattern.
Go ultra subtle…
If you match the color of the stamping and base polish enough, only the finish will shine through depending on the angle the nail art is seen at.
Final Christmas ornament nail art photos
Until next time, friends! 🙋♀️