Thursday, September 12, 2013

Digit-al Dozen DOES It Again; Day 10, Books

I should retitle this post:  Day 10, mani from H  E L  L .....but I'll be nice and leave as is.  I'll explain as I go along...but anyway, here's what I came up with....can you guess the book?

Started with a base of two coats each of OPI Bride's Bouquet and China Glaze Happy Go Lucky, topped with SV.  I knew I was going to be adding stamper decals so even though I topped with SV, I waited about half an hour for nails to dry at this point.

For the mani, I had made a couple stamper decals the night before to use; the cat's hat for the middle finger and the cat for the pinky.  This was the first sign of trouble....I applied a layer of clear coat for the middle finger and when I took the decal off the stamper, it flew off and fell into the little lid of acetone I keep at my work station for cleanup.  What does a polish stamper decal do in a pot of acetone....disintegrate immediately! It takes a bit a time to make a stamper decal as you have to wait between stamping, adding the colours and then the topcoat for the decal to dry which is why I make them the night before or sometimes days in advance of using them.  But my nails were already prepped and ready to I started another one and just thought I'd work at it as I went along this mani and hoped for the best. (I suppose I could have just stamped on the hat but I had a vision and a stamped decal is what I was wanting).

So while I was waiting for the stamper decal to dry, I decided to do a multi-coloured stamping of the fish images.  The plate used is for all images is MJ XIII; stamping polishes used are red Konad special polish, FUN stamping polish in Bubble Blue and Mundo de Unas yellow and green stamping polishes.  Here's a quick pix of applying the polish to the plate for the multi-coloured images.

This was another trouble spot that took a fair amount of time.  The green and yellow polishes are on the thick side and quite a bit come out on the brush so I had blobs of polish and trying to fit in into the small space of images that are fairly close together was hard.....I was really trying to do the scraping so that the colours didn't bleed into one another.  This took me a several tries (well, several is being conservative) until I got a couple stamps that were OK enough to use.  Even then, I did have a couple of bleeds from one colour onto another but felt that enough time and polish had been spent on trying to do it better.  I didn't think my nails were wide enough for five fish so didn't pay too close attention to the green polish and got two rows of them...oh well, just pretend they aren't there!  Because I was being so careful too on trying to keep the colours from intermingling as well as trying to keep the colours thin, some of the polish dried before it made it to my nails so the stamping wasn't the best so I had to hand paint in them a little too.

Added eyes to the fish using a brush and black Konad special polish.  I purposely did a brush dot versus a dotting tool to make it more like the book hindsight, my filling in the fishes a little with a brush gave the fish more of the book drawing imagery too.

Time to start adding the stamper decals.  This is the Cat in the Hat decal I was going to apply to the pinky.  Keeping in mind that I was working on the hat stamper decal as I was going along to replace the one that landed in the acetone bath.

The rule of thumb for stamper decals is to add a coat of clear coat to the dry base coat  as it helps maneuver it on the nail, so used the first clear coat I found; Orly topcoat.  Added this to the pinky, took off the stamper decal and went to apply to the pinky...only to discover that I guess Orly TC and SV don't like one another because the base polish started smudging and squishing like no tomorrow.  I quickly tried to place the stamper decal without trying to touch it too much as the topcoat eats at the stamper decal too so topped it with SV to apply.  At this point, I was probably two hours into the mani and was fed I didn't take too many pix of step by step as I go along as I usually do as I just wanted this mani to be over! Once the hat stamper decal looked dry enough, added a coat of HK Girl QD topcoat to the middle finger then added the hat stamper decal.  I had no weird reaction and it adhered to the base no issues without any weird disintegration of the base polish underneath, but had some minimal decal smear as it wasn't terribly dry.  Not too noticeable (only in macro!)

Added Dr. Seuss wording and a couple fish on index finger too before topping with SV.

Here's the book cover that was my inspiration.

I thought this mani would be relatively fast to do and while it didn't turn out too badly in the end, it was a lot of time and issues galore.

Here's the other ladies book mani's!

Thanks for looking!


  1. I've had this happen to me too, I'd start with what I thought was an easy mani and then two hours later I'm looking at something horrific. But happily your end result looks fab!

  2. adorable!!!! im so glad you colored stuff in, it really adds a cute touch in the hat and the fishies!

  3. The cutest ever! Very creative and the yellow really makes it stand out. I've yet to try decals but have plenty of stamps to give it a whirl ~

  4. Oh but it turned out so adorably cute!!! I love love love this.


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