Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Silver & Gold Snowflake Nail Art

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I haven't done nail art in a while (been feeling a bit down), but today I decided to ease back into it with a simple snowflake design.  What made it so simple and easy?  Homemade sticker stencils!

Colors used:  Cult Nails Nevermore, Jesse's Girl Textured Nail Colors in Gift of Gold and Silver Bells

Sparkly!

I am so in love with how this came out!  If traditional red and green Christmas colors are too loud for you, silver and gold is a great alternative.  I also think this is a great mani for New Year's Eve.  I find that the black background helps turn a cute shape design into something classy!

Tutorial:



  1. I used some smiley face stickers and a snowflake punch (Recollections brand, purchased at Michael's) to create the sticker stencils.  You can cut your sticker stencil into two pieces to create two partial snowflake sticker stencils for the edges of your nails
  2. Paint your nails black (I used Cult Nails Nevermore) and add a fast-drying top coat (I used Seche Vite).
  3. Allow nails to dry completely (I think I waited an hour).
  4. Apply a stencil, making sure that it is adhered to the nail.  I recommend applying them in a random pattern, with partial snowflakes at the edges of your nails. 
  5. Fill in your shape using a polish that will be opaque in one coat.  I used the Jesse's Girl Textured Nail Colors in Gift of Gold and Silver Bells.
  6. Immediately after applying the polish, carefully remove the sticker stencil.  If your polish goes "out of bounds", you can try erasing the mistake with a tiny paint brush and acetone, but you will probably need to paint over it.  To paint over it, mix your base color with some polish thinner on a palette and paint over your mistake with a tiny brush.
  7. I chose not to add more top coat because I liked the texture, but if you used regular polish or don't want to feel your textured polish, you can add top coat.

You could also freehand your snowflakes (non-textured polish is probably a better choice if you freehand your design) if you can't make a stencil.  If you can handle making lines and/or dots, you should be able to make snowflakes easily :-) .

All products used were purchased by me

10 comments:

  1. This is awesome, I have to try this!

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  2. Looks amazing! The snowflakes look kind of 3D to me too :)

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  3. Wow that is really clever...I may have to give that a try sometime. Looks great!

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    1. Thanks! Definitely try it!


      (sorry for late reply, missed this in holiday chaos!)

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    1. Thanks!

      (sorry for late reply, missed this in holiday chaos!)

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  5. Loving this too! You're opening up a whole new stenciling world for me, and what a perfect way to use textures!

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    1. It's super fun! Check the clearance bin at Michael's for the punches!

      (sorry for late reply, missed this in holiday chaos!)

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