Happy 2017!

Happy new year, everyone! I'm taking some time off from crocheting/crafting right now, so I figured I'd share some nail art instead.  My goal here was to create a french-ish winter themed look and this is how it came out.  I'm pretty happy with it.  Read on for how I created this look.

You need:

  • Acetone
  • Shellac base coat
  • Shellac nude color coat (I used CND negligee)
  • Shellac top coat
  • Shellac lamp
  • Stamping polishes (I used white and two shades of blue)
  • Stamper and scraper
  • Stamping plates (I used Konad m59 and Winstonia W222)
  • Stained glass glitter (I used Lecente crushed ice random glitter)
  • Orange wood stick or other stained glass glitter applicator
  • Glitter in color of your choice
  • Glitter brush
  • Isopropyl Alcohol

How I did it:

  1. Prep nails (remove old polish, file/shape, push back cuticles, dehydrate w/acetone).
  2. Apply shellac base coat and cure under lamp.
  3. Apply 2 coats of nude color, curing under lamp after each coat.
  4. For all nails except accent nail, stamp snowflakes in various colors. Allow to dry completely before top coating in next step.
  5. For accent nail, apply stained glass glitter with orange wood stick or utensil of your choice.
  6. Topcoat all nails and cure, taking extra care to make sure all stained glass glitter is laying flat.
  7. Using your glitter brush, apply regular glitter in the color of your choice to the tips of the nails (hence me calling them french-ish)
  8. Carefully topcoat all nails while avoiding contaminating your topcoat bottle with excess glitter.
  9. For a smoother finish, apply one final coat of topcoat and cure, making sure to seal the tips of the nails.
  10. Remove the tacky layer with isopropyl alcohol. You're all done!