19 July 2017

Blue and peach floral

Hi everyone,


what do you do when it's so hot outside even the birds don't want to twitter and the cats don't want to bask in the sunshine? I know what I did... I stayed inside and made decals (and made sure to drink lots of water of course :) And afterwards I used them to create this manicure:


I started out by painting several patches of OPI Top Coat (the normal kind, not the fast drying one) on my mat and waited for those to dry. I stamped one of them using the blue I'd decided on, OPI Keeping Suzi at Bay (KSaB), but that turned out to be a bit lighter in color than I liked so I searched through my stamping polishes for one with the right color. Colour Alike B.a Rainy Mood is close to KSaB but since it's a stamping polish it showed up on my mat just as it looked in the bottle... score! I used Rainy Mood to stamp a single flower from Born Pretty BP-L029 on the top coat patches and waited until it was dry. I filled in some of the flowers with piCture pOlish Bardot, a lovely peach with subtle scattered holo glitters, and the others were filled with KSaB that I diluted with a little bit of acetone so the stamped lines would still be visible and the result would look a bit like a watercolor painting (not sure if I succeeded but that's what I was aiming for ;) I finished my decals with a coat of OPI Alpine Snow to make them a bit easier to handle and to hide any bubbles that could appear while applying them to my nails.

<insert various unnamed activities while the decals were drying>

After about an hour or so, I continued my manicure by painting my thumb, index and pinky with two thin coats of KSaB, three thin coats of Bardot on my middle finger and two thin coats of Alpine Snow on my ring finger. A coat of Seche Vite helped dry everything and when that was done I peeled the decals off the mat, cut them to size and arranged them on my ring finger. A last coat of Seche Vite to melt everything together and voila... done!


piCture pOlish Bardot, OPI Alpine Snow, OPI Keeping Suzi at Bay, Colour Alike B.a Rainy Mood


I really love making decals. When I'm working on them I can easily walk away to do something else that needs to be done without having to worry about denting or smudging. After I'm finished with whatever took priority the decal is still waiting on my desk for me to finish. And (added bonus) I can easily create the design for both hands with my dominant hand :) I've tried to make decals in advance and use them way later but by that time they were stuck to the zip lock bag I put them in... so that wasn't a big success. Do you like making and using decals? And have you figured out a way to keep them for longer periods of time?



piCture pOlish Bardot was bought from The Nailista Shop (now closed).
Colour Alike b.A Rainy Mood was bought from Hypnotic Polish.

8 comments:

  1. Since nail polish dries as the solvents evaporate into the air an enclosed space at a cold temperature might help. Beautiful nail art. I love the colors together.

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    1. Thanks Lisa! My problems start when I peel the decals off the mat and put them in a ziplock bag to store them until the time I want to use them. Maybe I should let them dry even longer to make sure they are absolutely, positively, totally dry.

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  2. When you figure out the part of keeping them for longer let me know... I could use a trick or two. Love this! And I totally see the water colour you were going for.

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    1. Thanks Juanita!
      So far my only experience worth sharing is that using a quick dry top coat like Seche Vite for decals doesn't work. I have an ancient bottle of normal top coat that I only use to make the patches on the mat when starting a decal. That works like a charm, even if I keep them on my mat for two nights.

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  3. I don't know the sort of weather you are talking about :'( It rained here ALL day yesterday, I'm quite jealous! On the other hand though at least it forced you to make decals because this is such a delicate and pretty manicure. I love the blue and peach - not something my brain would have thought of! Happy weekending :)

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    1. I'm not sure what weather I was talking about either, it's all a blurry memory by now as we've had so much rain lately even the fishes are complaining ;)
      Thanks so much for the sweet words. They are more appreciated than you know <3

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  4. I need to try making decals sometime. I've heard that some topcoats are better than others as far as being able to make decals ahead, but since I haven't made any yet, I haven't needed to research that further.

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    1. If you have the time you really should try it! I've found my old and trusty OPI Top Coat (normal, not quick drying and at least two years old by now) works perfect as a base. I haven't figured out how to store finished decals yet so I'll keep experimenting :)

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