Normally when I have a gradient design, I start by painting the lightest color as my base color for all the nails and then proceed with sponging. Today I decided to try using a white base (SH Insta-Dri OMGhost), thinking the colors would be more vivid. I'm not sure it made a difference as far as vibrancy, but it did annoy me during clean up - the white kept peeking around the edges! I think I'll resume my old method for now, unless I'm using a neon color. I also tried a new to me product for protecting my cuticles during the messy job - I'll share more info at the end of the post.
The inspiration for the flowers came from a kimono pattern I saw in a video game, but of course my mani turned out a lot more simplistic. I didn't get the ethereal flowy look that fabric has, but for a stamped design it's not bad, in my opinion. Maybe another shade of purple wouldn't have stood out as much as the white/silver flowers, but it's too late to change it now!
For the silvery flowers I used MdU white to stamp the cherry blossom images from a Bundle Monster plate BM-716 - I used several stampers and made decals right on the heads by filling the blossoms in with Fair Maiden Sleigh Bells in the Snow. Then I cut out individual flowers and stuck them on the nail - when the decals are fresh, they adhere enough to stay where you put them. The purple flowers were stamped with a design from a Konad plate, M57 - this was my first stamping plate ever! Purple polish for stamping is from BornPretty Store - #31 Purple.
Check out the work in progress! Pretty messy, huh? My coworkers often comment on my nails, especially how neatly the polish is applied. Haha...if only they knew!!
I ordered this Liquid Peel Off Tape with my last BPS order, just to try it out. Plus, I always need a cuticle protecting product as so many nail art forms can get messy. The name of this one does say it's latex - so stay away if you're allergic! This applied really easily and dried quickly on me -faster than the glue based protection I typically use. I'm not sure if I needed to use a thicker coat of it, but it came off easily, and was only refusing to budge along the side walls and cuticle line, but I always have that issue it seems. Nothing a clean up brush can't fix! Maybe with this, I'll brave a watermarble one day!
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