Today’s theme is cute and snowflake-y, but the prompt that inspired this design was #NailsWithIG Friend’s Winter Animal. Now Maniology’s BM-S156 is a stamping plate with nothing but winter animals, so I was definitely using it. And I knooow that Christmas is over, but I could not resist this cute little reindeer face anymore. (Plus his background matched the giant the snowflake patterns the best. *cough*)
Here’s where I got lazy and just let this nail have a pretty pattern. Some part of me still itches to put something on it. Another snowflake? Some sort of quote? Why were you so lazy, past me?
Nail art products used
- Base Polishes:
- DRK Nails’ “Turquoise Attraction“ and Nee Jolie’s “NJ-010“
- Stamping Polishes:
- Hit the Bottle’s “Roseglow Gold“ + KADS’ “13 Brown” and “35 Bean Green“
- Advanced Stamping Polishes:
- Hit the Bottle’s “Roseglow Gold“, Maniology’s “Latte“, and OPI’s “Ice-bergers & Fries“
- Stamping Plates:
- Maniology “BM-S156“ (reindeer), “BM-S174“ (flowers on thumb), and “M172“ (snowflakes)
This nail art had many layers and I really should have taken a photo before I added the snowflake stamping images, but I didn’t. Suffice it to say I started with a dark teal baby boomer French tip so I wouldn’t have to deal with any visible nail line and then painted the magnetic, shimmery, magical turquoise polish on top. It was a very pretty combo I hope to use again.
How (not) to separate and recombine a full nail stamp
I wanted the background stamp to just be rose gold so I created two separate stamps and carefully removed the relevant parts of each. Well, no…actually I had to create more than two stamps because I messed up a few times and took out chunks I didn’t mean to. Still. The end result was two successful and different-colored stamping images.
But learn from my next mistake: I should have combined the two stamps before I put them on my nail. Instead I put the background down first and then had to fit the reindeer on and he was fully stuck on by the time I realized he was grossly mis-centered. 😭
But I was too lazy to fix it. It’s fine. Cute things can be crooked.
It’s fiiiine. (😱😱😱)
Nails with [Instagram] Friends
I haven’t painted for this challenge since February of last year. Another sign of how much 2020 sucked. Although, the one I painted in February is one of my favorites.
There were a lot of cute designs for Winter Animals, including some amazing freehands so check out the group tag and fill your eyes with the adorable. Meanwhile I haven’t seen an announcement for who the next host is or what the prompt will be, so this collage is it!
Some near, some far, and done…
Why, yes, I will angle my photos slightly to hide how truly bad my placement was…
Layering a sheer but shimmery polish underneath some solid stamping is always so delicious to see in person. As unexciting as this nail is for me in a macro (still pretty, just not exciting) in motion with the light playing with all the shimmer…*chef kiss*
And that’s all for today, my friend. I hope you learned from my mistakes today. 😂