Happy Birthday! - Hermit Werds - Halloween-themed happy birthday nail art
Happy Birthday, Snoopy!

October’s Friday the 13th, Black Cat, @Osmovaara

I have three different manicures to share today. I’ve already posted the first two to my Instagram but was too exhausted/busy to write about them more thoroughly. On the other hand, I de-stashed around twenty-five skirts from my closet. It…doesn’t even look like I made a dent. Clearly I’m going to have to let more go. 😅

My allergies aren’t killing me too bad right now (I kicked up a lot of dust), so let’s start talking nails! The first nail art I posted was a birthday collage manicure I painted for my friend @Osmovaara (Elise) on Instagram. @Lunaaaaaatica didn’t have a theme so I tried to pick things that I’ve seen Elise use. She seemed to favor magnetic polishes, Creative Shop plates, and metallic/blue colors. So I combined those elements to make this nail art. I should not be so surprised that the background worked so well since they look so good on Elise’s nails, but I am a little mad at myself for combining two metallic blues because they just ended up blending together on the flowers. Should have used a creme. 🙁

Happy Birthday, Elise! - Hermit Werds - metallic basket weave nails with blue floral print
Happy Birthday, Elise!
  • Base Polish:
    Nails Inc’s Magnetic Polish “Kensington Palace”
  • Stamping Polishes:
    KleanColor’s “Metallic Aqua”, Revlon’s “French Roast” (blue shimmer didn’t show up much, sadly)
  • Advanced Stamping Polish:
    Walmart’c Ice Cream Cone polish in blue (I’m de-stashing this since it’s less opaque and so close to the KleanColor in color)
  • Stamping Plates:
    Creative Shop 18 (flowers), 41 (basket weave)

Seriously need to buy more Creative Shop plates, but I love them all. It’s so hard to choose. :'(

Black Cat - Hermit Werds - black nail art spelling out cat with a black cat
Black Cat

Next I have nail art both following #firedazedoct2017’s prompt of Black Cat and dedicated to my actual black cat! The day I finished it, she had caught and killed her first mouse in the yard. Our yard is not big so I’m pretty impressed that she managed to keep the mouse long enough to kill it. She dragged it indoors and tried to make it entertaining, but it had stopped moving for some reason. There were a lot of kitten pounces. It was so cute. ^^

I love the look of a black jelly with black stamping over it. I combined it with the distressed netting pattern on KAD’s 017 stamping plate. It’s the whole reason why I bought the plate and I will no doubt be using that again. Maybe I’ll use the other images too someday. 😉

Black Cat - Hermit Werds - black nail art spelling out cat with a black cat
Black Cat

I was a little worried when I bought Moyou London’s Typography Collection 01 plate because its appearance is very particular. The round circle around each letter can be removed easily but the type is only in caps which limits how many letters can fit across the nail a lot (even with shrink stamping). It sucks to buy a plate and only ever use it once for one thing because it’s too limiting. Having used it now, I love it and I think it will be appearing in a lot of steampunk nail art in the future.

Happy Birthday! - Hermit Werds - Halloween-themed happy birthday nail art
Happy Birthday, Snoopy!

The last nail art is for #26GreatNailArtIdeas (under new management)’s prompt of Friday the 13th. Now I know that prompt invites images of gore and Jason Voorhees in his hockey mask. Thing is, I never watched those movies and it is my sister’s birthday. So I painted Halloween-themed birthday nails. Happy Birthday, Snoopy! 😁

CF05 is a knock-off plate that uses a lot of the old Bundle Monster holiday circle plate images. I felt bad when I found out it was a knock-off, however, now it seems that Bundle Monster is quietly getting rid of their old plate sets. So if there was something you admired best get it now. I think over half the circle holiday plates can’t be purchased from their site anymore. I’ve also noticed that Winstonia stopped selling their circle plate holder. I’m speculating, but I would not be surprised if their circle plates disappeared in the next year or so. Do you guys like getting more of a robust post instead of several small ones? Let me know in the comments!

And now, check out all the gorgeous (and probably more gruesome) Friday the 13th nail art from #26GreatNailArtIdeas:


Well, that was a long post. Do you guys enjoy getting fewer posts with more content or do you prefer shorter posts focusing on one manicure? Let me know in the comments.

6 Comments Posted

  1. Maybe you need to sprinkle some cat nip on those cat nails to get your cat to give a hoot. 😉 LOL

    It’s interesting that you found the circle plates seem to be disappearing….my how time flies. But, I do now tend to reach for the other shaped plates over the rounds….wonder if it is subliminal or not? Anyways, fun post!!! My fave are the Birthday nails actually, then the cat nails. But I seriously love the black jelly with stamping – bigtime!!

    I’ve thought about combining nails arts into one post too….as a reader I don’t mind either way actually. But, I’m curious, what do YOU like best?

    • She always licks my hands when I’ve sprinkled cat nip for her. LOL That’s when I call her Slimer.

      Born Pretty is still going strong with the circle plates. I think the biggest problem with them is that it’s hard to get a full nail pattern on them for people with long nails. Plus every knock off plate maker has the stuff to make that size of round plates. I’m glad you liked the birthday nails. They were gloriously purple. 😀

      As for combining, I like keeping it one post and one nail art unless I’m doing a set because I like the focus to be on each piece. More than one post a day is way too much though, which is when I started combining them. 🙂

  2. Thanks again for the birthday nails!

    And yeah, your cat nails are bold; I like them a lot. Maybe you should change your profile pic to the cat for the rest of October?

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