I don’t think I can overstate how much of a pain in the ass this design was. It might look cool, but it’s EVIL. These nails were a NIGHTMARE.
I decided for this design to start by stamping some stripes, and then to make decals with a different stamp and stick them on. Simples, right? Oh, NO.
Where do I start? Firstly, I cannot stamp straight lines. It’s really difficult to get a stamp lined up in the right place at the best of times, but the pressure is on when you’ve got to get the lines totally straight. These nails really curve so getting the whole stamp to transfer is a challenge, and when you roll a squishy stamp all that happens is you get a kink in your lovely straight lines. So much for saving time by stamping instead of using striping tape! (I was stamping with black Konad polish over Models Own White Light.)
So it took me a couple of attempts to get most of the nails right – there was a lot of wiping off and then having to remove fluff which was stuck to my nails, and on one I just gave up completely and started again… Finally I had some lines stamped that covered enough of the nail that I could use the decals to cover up the rest of the mistakes. They’re from MoYou Pro Plate XL 01, in case you want to show me how it’s done!
Making the decals was easier. I started with a base of clear polish on a sheet of plastic, then applied Models Own Licorice Allsorts. When that was dry I stamped it with Konad white polish from Bundle Monster plate 319. So far so good. The decals came off the sheet beautifully. I then tried to lay them on the nails. Bundle Monster stamps are small. Especially small when you’re trying to apply them to long, wide nails like these. I just about managed to get them in place, and then I couldn’t find a proper top coat. I ended up using the dregs of a bottle which was stringy to begin with, but which is now in the bin. I rage bought a bottle of HK Girl Glisten & Glow shortly after I finished these.
Lastly, I had to file the edges of the decals off the sides. Which I realised on about nail three was a lot easier if you just pull it off when it’s still wet. Once it goes hard it is impossible. Some of these nails have a distinctly papery quality around the edges and I just have no idea what that’s about.
I almost bled over these nails. I came close to crying several times too. Isn’t a good job they look nice? Just don’t look too closely. I could weep when I think that for this somewhat botched attempt which took me a VERY long time to get right, there are probably three bloggers out there who could do it flawlessly in a fraction of the time. C’est la Vie, I guess?
Tomorrow’s prompt is Metallic nails. I really hope it’s easier than this. To see other designs from the 31 Day Challenge so far, just search for the hashtag #31DC2014 on Twitter or Instagram.