Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Digit-al Dozen Does Birthdays; August 2016!

It's Digit-al Dozen birthday time again!  This month, there are two members in the group having birthdays; Amanda of Lady Maid Nails on August 23rd and me on August 25th!  Usually the birthday girl picks a pix and we all do mani's using it as inspiration; because there are two of us this month, Amanda picked a few pix and then I picked one out of them, so we both had a hand in the inspiration photo!  The group is posting today in between our birthdays, so here's what I came up with based on the inspiration photo!

Inspiration picture

Started with a base of bright skittles; starting at thumb and going clockwise used Girly Bits You're My Hooper Hero, Kiara Sky Blue-let Proof Vest, Nicole by OPI Hit the Lights, Girly Bits Hoop! There It is and Maybelline Go Go Green.  All are two coats except thump and pinky which are three.  Shown with no top coat.

Added a coat of Girly Bits What A Rush QD TC.

For some pop art affect, stamped dots using an image from MoYou Pro Collection-15.  I didn't do the index as I had planned placement of some decals that I had made and the dots would have interfered with the black dots on the decal.

Added a coat of Girly Bits What A Rush QD TC.

I did Cindy the same polishes and stamped all hands; this is nifty cool looking to me; I can see exactly this same mani in the future  if I ever run out of mani indeas!

So after searching through my plates, I picked out a few images for some Pop Art and made stamper decal. And can you believe that there is no POP! stamping image????  But as you can see, it wasn't very well planned out! lol.  Two of the images, I double stamped to reduce them in size for my nails (stamped once to reduce then stamped a second time onto Konad stamper to make the decal) but needed to triple stamp them so they turned our correctly.  I didn't see this or realize until I peeled off stamper decals so had to do some improvising as I wasn't putting MOOB or !FFUPon my nails!!!  The plates used were MoYou Pro Collection 10 (face, pow and bang), MoYou Pro Collection-16 (boom shrunk) and MoYou Comics Collection-01 (puff shrunk) then filled in with acrylic paints.

MoYou Pro Collection-10

MoYou Pro Collection-16

I could use three of the five decals I had made, so applied them.  I didn't have time to make more decals so ended up using a couple images from MoYou Back to the 80's Collection-03 on index and pinky using FunkyFingers Gesso and Girly Bits Fire Engine Red.  The partial image on the middle was annoying me so did some touch up with brush but for some reason didn't notice the thumb until I uploaded pix.

Added a coat of Girly Bits What A Rush QD TC to finish.

Here's the other ladies birthday mani's!

Amanda, I hope you had a great day yesterday!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Turning a Fail to a Win!

Here's a mani that started out as a fail but was just up my alley when it was finished!

I was hankering for some texture polish on my nails as I haven't wore any lately so went with Dance Legend 44 Sahara Crystal Earth.  However, due to my application error (too thick coats I believe), the only nail that turned out with texture was the ring finger and it was blotchy and uneven at best.  (This is the fail part.) 

Determined to make the mani work, I stamped using an image from MJ JR 41 using FunkyFingers Gesso. (Crooked stamping on index; also a fail!)

MJ JR-41

While the stamping covered the application fail, it was still kinda blah to me, so added dots using Glam Polish Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! for a little interest.

While I started out wanting textured nails, the uneven look of my poor application bothered me too much so I ended up putting on a coat of Girly Bits What A Rush QD TC on it.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Testing Out Acrylic Plates!

I had told myself that I wasn't going to do any more mani's when I was in cottage country because I've been having so many issues there that tick me off:  topcoat smearing, really poor cleanup and not the best lighting.   I'm rarely happy with the way they turn out so figured why bother.  Then I received my order of acrylic plates that I had ordered specifically to keep in cottage country so I can keep the rest of my plates at home and thought I would try them. This is what I did yesterday afternoon; not perfect by any means but I liked how they turned out and they look better IRL but still have top coat smear!  Grrrrrr!

Started with a base of two coats of Orly Lift The Veil; shown with no top coat.

Added a coat of Girly Bits What A Rush QD TC.

Did a radial gradient using Orly Lift the Veil, Orly Frolic and Essie Jewel in the Crown.

Sponge for the gradient; Orly Lift the Veil was very thin and a pretty pale colour so I did a big blob of it very last every time I reapplied the colours.

Topped with Girly Bits What A Rush QD TC before stamping.

Used an image from one of the acrylic plates, XY-F13.  Even with a clear jelly stamper, placement was not guaranteed!  Also, this jelly stamper was pretty hard so didn't hug my nail curves the best so placement at the sides was hit and miss.  Some I tried to line up again but not perfect by any means.  Used FunkyFingers Gesso as stamping polish.

This was me testing the image before use.  While I love how cheap these plates were, what I don't like is having to put them up to a light or a window to see what the images actually are.  As you can see (or is it, can't see?), you can't see any image on the plate very well.  I haven't done any reading up on use of these either; I used a plastic scraper as wasn't sure how my regular Konad metal edged one would work.  Also used pure acetone to get off plate and not really sure if this will affect the plates in the long term although there was no obvious distress to the acrylic plates for the times I did use it in cleaning off the plate.

Topped with Girly Bits What A Rush QD TC to finish.  Even though I waited about 10 minutes before top coating and it wasn't even that hot and humid, still had polish smear. Grrrr!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Digit-al Dozen Does Negative Space; Day 5

I made it to day 5 for negative space challenge week!  What a challenge!  I went from not being into negative space too much to not minding them with the right design at the end as I do like how these turned out!  I started to look at my nail art plates in a different light now and you might actually see some more negative space nails on the blog every now and then!  I really liked how day 5 nails turned out; I was looking through my Bundle Monster plates for images to use for another Olympics mani and came across BM-XL209 and thought one of the images on it might make an interesting negative space mani.  I did some stamper decals and while they aren't perfect as my eyes were going all bug eyed when I was trying to fill in the voids as well as keep track of the lines around the bubbles, but think they turned out pretty cool looking anyway!  I think a great mani would be doing stamper decals like here was but placing them over a contrasting base polish so have filed this in the back of my mind for a future mani.  Anyway, here's what I came up with for day 5!

Started by making stamper decals using an image from Bundle Monster BM-XL209 and FunkyFingers Gesso as the stamping polish then filled in with acrylic paints.


Applied the stamper decals to the nail.

Added a coat of Girly Bits What A Rush QD TC.

I did my right hand a little different; did two coats of Too Fancy Lake Como and stamped using same image.

I decided I wanted a little bit more umph to the mani so added a coat of Northern Lights Hologram Topcoat in silver as I couldn't find China Glaze Fairy Dust.

Even though I was happy how these turned out and think there are some of the more interesting nails I've done lately, I'm still not a fan of the natural nails underneath (which are stained in my case making them look worse) and the tip lines are yet a different colour underneath is another annoyance; it just throws me off when doing these negative space nails.  I'll have to carefully pick images or consider void placements in the future but am glad overall that I did make it through the challenge!

Here's the other ladies Day 5 negative space nails.

Thanks for looking!