Thursday, February 13, 2014

Textured Valentine's Day Nail Art

Hey everyone!  I'm getting this post up a little late because I've been busy, but this nail art is so simple that you can totally do it at the last minute!

(please excuse the poor photo quality, I had to work quickly and it was easier and faster to use my iPod camera)
  1. Create your sticker stencil by punching a sticker with a heart-shaped hole punch.  If you do not have a heart-shaped hole punch, you can try folding your sticker in half (leave the backing on) and cutting half a heart shape along the fold.  This should leave you with a symmetrical heart.  If you do not have stickers, you can try bandages or tape (applying your tape to a piece of waxed paper should work to provide a backing, though I haven't tried this yet).
  2. Paint your accent nail with a light color (I used 3 coats of OPI My Vampire is Buff) and top with a fast-drying top coat like Seche Vite.
  3. Paint the rest of your nails with your textured polish (I used two coats of JulieG Ho Ho Ho).
  4. Wait a while.  Your accent nail needs to be very dry in order to apply and remove the sticker stencil safely.  I waited over an hour.
  5. Use a dotting tool or toothpick to mark the center of your accent nail with a dot of polish.  My nail was dry enough but ever so slightly dentable, so I just made a little indent.  You could also use a fine-tipped permanent marker to mark the center.  I have photoshopped in a dot for this photo.
  6. Using the dot as your guide, center your sticker stencil on your nail.

  7. Paint your textured polish over your stencil and carefully remove the stencil immediately.
  8. Enjoy your easy Valentine's Day nail art!

All products purchased by me


  1. Gorgeous! Love the simplicity and cleanness of it. <3

  2. This is fantastic! It's just the right amount of personality while still keeping a clean design. Nice job!

  3. OMGosh I LOVE the idea of putting a dot in the middle of your nail before putting the sticker/tape down. That is brilliant. I would have never thought of it. I am notorious for getting the tape put on wrong...sticking it and re-sticking and re-sticking it LOL.