Today's adventure into da weird is da Essence Paper Print Manicure. I've seen various bloggers do image transfers using printed newspaper & alcohol (both rubbing & vodka), but hadn't done it myself. Mostly cuz we don't get the paper & I'd rather not wear grocery store adds on my nails.
Da line up: back row ~ China Glaze White on White, Essence Paper Print Transfer Solution, Kleancolor Holo Pink; front row ~ Essence Paper Print box & the unfolded sheet of transfer patterns plus a dotting tool. The solution & printed images are sold separately. Here's what Essence has to say about these products: Essence Paper Print
The directions for using the transfers are pretty simple, but I think I managed to fudge it up anyway. I started with 2 coats of White on White. I applied one coat of Seche Vite to the accent nails & 2 coats of Holo Pink to the rest & applied SV to them as well. Then I ate dinner. After I washed my hands, I followed the direction...at least I thought I did. Here's what Essence says to do (verbatim) & what I did:
1) apply two light coats of any essence nail polish in a light (white or nude) to medium shade and let dry completely. nails need to be fully dry before proceeding. (Check, but I also added tc to dry them faster...is that da problem?)
2) cut a piece of the paper print paper close to the size of your nail (one for each nail) and brush the transfer solution generously on the printed paper side. (Check, I held one corner with tweezers, applied da solution on da printed side until da paper was soaked, but not drippy.)
3) place and press paper printed side facing down on your nail and press firmly without moving for appr 15 seconds with a cotton pad against paper. (Check, I pressed a cotton ball over da nail & counted to 15.)
4) carefully remove paper strip and you will see the ink imprint. repeat process on each nail. do not use the same paper twice. wait for two minutes to be certain the print design is fully dry. finally, seal with any essence top coat. done! (Sorta check? When I 1st started to peel da paper back, there was very little of da black to be seen & no pink. So I added more solution to da back of da now dry paper & pressed da cotton ball over it again. I got more black, but only a lil pink in patches. Me being me, I couldn't just leave it there...
I used da dotting tool & Holo Pink to add color to da centers of the leopard spots so da transfer nails coordinated with the rest. For all da effort, I could have painted leopard spots faster & had them turn out better. Will I try these again to see if I can do it right? Yep! I'm too stubborn not to figure it out. The Print Papers & Transfer Solution are $2.99 each at Fred Meyer, so at least I'm not out all that much if I can't get it to work. Maybe the solution will work on other printed papers? Hmmm...I'll have to try it & see!
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