Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Weird Wednesdays ~ Meow Graffiti Nail Art ala Gnarly Gnails!

Hello Dahlings!
This is my 2nd attempt to make my own nail art decals, da 1st was an abysmal failure due to using overhead acetate as a base to put under da polish. Da polish bonded to it & wouldn't come off! This time I followed da instructions & used a plastic bag like Missy says to do in her tutorial: Tokidoki Graffiti Mani & Tutorial.
My technique still needs work, but at least I got usable results this time. LOL
 Da line up: NYC Long Wearing Extra Shiny (it's a slow drying top coat); Finger Paints Black Expressionism & Paper Mache; Orly La Vida Loca, It's Up To Blue & Close Your Eyes.
 Da left hand has 1 alternating nails of one coat of Black Expressionism
& 2 coats of Paper Mache.
 Da right hand has da same polishes on da opposite fingers. (Da 2nd coat of Paper Mache was to smooth it out. BE went on just dandy fine in one coat.)
 I put da black stamped decals over da white nails
& da white stamped over da black nails...
 and da opposite again for da left hand.
I like da black base color nails more than da white ones.
Maybe da black hides flaws better?
 This is my best nail. Both PM & BE stamp pretty well. Where I ran into problems was my clear decal base. As da NYC dried, it curled up & off da plastic. This did make sponging a bit of a challenge, but doable by pinning da edge down with tweezers. At least getting them off da plastic was a no brainer this time. LOL Next time I'll try putting 2 coats of clear polish down to see if da thicker base is less prone to curling. To put my DIY decals on my nails: I applied a very thin coat of da NYC on a nail then stuck da decal over it. I gently patted da decal down & used da flat end of my wooden cuticle stick to press da decal to da edge of da nail. I applied them to one nail at a time then I used da pointy end of my C stick dipped in acetone to remove da excess.
I added a coat of Seche Vite to seal it.
I used da cat images on my brand spanky new Cheeky Jumbo plates #8 & #9 for da stamping & they worked just fine. My stamping needs practice, but that's not da fault of da plates. Alas, I discovered da hard way that da decorative plaid Cheeky has printed on da back & front edges of these plates can be removed with acetone. If you look next to da butterfly, you can see da light aqua stripe. There used to be stripes next to da cat face
& da panda too. #8(
I will be trying this technique again! I just need to practice my stamping a bit more.
Thanks for stopping by for Weird Wednesdays!
~ Inky


  1. Fab! And a great idea for people that arent good at doing their cinderella hand x x x

    1. Thanks! It is much easier to stamp on a flat plastic bag than on a curved nail too. LOL

  2. Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Best Blog Award. :D


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