So…close…to…done… Anyway. Today’s challenge was “tutorial.” I wasn’t sure if this meant follow a tutorial or make one. So I made one. It is rather absurdly complicated and takes at least two days and three steps. Rainbow decals made from abstract patterns!
First, the pretty nail photos. Ooh, ahhh. I am not going to post the names of all the polishes used, but its almost entirely cremes, with one (orange) shimmer. The most important thing is to use an opaque black for the initial stamp!
I do not recommend storing any stamping decals for more than a week or so…they dry out even more and become stiff and breakable. The one on my middle finger was actually stored for 3 months (yes, the initial decal was made in the spring and I just never used it), and it started separating from the grey base after about a day. The other three stayed on just fine until I removed the mani 3 days later.
And now, onto the tutorial! The wording will be brief-ish.
Part 1: Making the Decal
1) Pick the stamp you want to use. I went with a Bundle Monster stamp with lots of open space for rainbows!
2) Paint black stamping polish onto your stamp, and scrape off as usual
3) Pick up the stamp, wait a minute for the black polish to dry on the rubber
4) Start painting in the stamp with the colors of your choice. Add enough color for it to be opaque, but do not make it very thick or it will bubble when you apply the decal
5) Finish painting as you desire, let dry for a few minutes
6) Add a thick coat of top coat over the decal. Make it thick enough that you can later remove the decal, but not so thick that it will not be malleable. I have found that ONE thick coat is enough, not two.
7) Wait. No really, wait. At least 30 minutes. I usually wait >1 hour. Remove decal with tweezers, and flip it inside out (so that the side with the complete stamp is convex.
8) Repeat until you have as many decals as you need. Let them dry overnight
Part 2: Prepping, Accent Nail
1) Paint on your base colors. I chose grey so that the color would still show but the black would appear opaque. My accent nail was black.
2) On your accent nail, add concentric rings of lines and dots
3) On your accent nail, fill in the lines and dots with the same colors you used in the decal. Wait for this to dry a bit before proceeding (so you don’t smudge it)
Part 3: Applying the decal
1) Take the decals you made and figure out the orientation you want, as well as which nail each decal will go on. Using sharp scissors, cut the decal to size (trim the corners to be angled, trim the sides to fit)
2) Over your base coat of color, add a thin coat of clear top coat and quickly apply the decal. Press down, from the middle towards the outside of your nail. Make sure the decal is firmly pressed and sticking. **note: make SURE your base color is COMPLETELY DRY before attaching the decal, or it will ooze out and be very nasty. The THIN coat of top coat will help the decal adhere, if the base is wet it will get destroyed**
3) Using 100% acetone, clean up around the decals, so none of the decal hangs over the edges of your nails.
4) Add top coat to the accent nail and decals. I have found that two coats is good to hold the decal in place and smooth it down. Don’t forget to wrap the free edge of your nail!