The final week of August’s Nail Art Ideas Linkup (NAIL) challenge is A GREAT READ. If you’d like to do a manicure for this theme here’s more info and you can submit your design up until Sept. 1st! Oh, and did you vote for last week’s NAIL Genius yet? Everyone gets three votes! Cast yours now!
A Great Read? Well, my most recent favorite book is from the Hunger Games trilogy. It’s book #2 called Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. It usually takes me a few months to finish a book. But not this one- I whipped right through it (just like with the Hunger Games)! After I finished book 2 I started book 3, but I stopped. Duh, right?! I dunno, sometimes I like to wait to read a book ’til RIGHT before I see the movie. It’s fun to have it fresh in my head when I go to the theater. But that’s kinda dumb- I should go read Mockingjay like right now!!!!
I started this manicure the night before by preparing DIY nail stickers. I’ve never made my own decals before- but I’ve been itching to try them and they’re perfect for a night when you wanna play with nail art but don’t wanna do an entire manicure from start to finish! It turns out that these DIY nail decals were a lot of fun and they applied so much better than I expected! Here’s how I did it…
I taped a plastic snack baggie to a heavy piece of cardstock so the bag wouldn’t move around too much. Then I painted some mockingjay emblems on the baggie using a detail brush and cheap black nail polish. I also tried gold, but that didn’t work well as you can see (there’s wiped-up gold smudges in the above picture). Anyway, when I was done painting my mockingjay symbols, then I painted over top of them with enough clear topcoat to cover the design and maybe a little extra around the corners. I let it dry overnight. The next day I was afraid they’d stick… but instead, my stickers lifted right off the baggy. They peeled right off without a hitch! Then I cut them with scissors a little bit ’til they looked like they’d fit my nails well.
Once I had my nails all clean and bare, I was ready to paint them and test out my diy stickers. I used one coat of Nail Envy and then three coats of L.A. Girl 3D Effects Nail Polish in Electric Coral. When my thumbs were still tacky I placed my stickers on top of my orange polish. Because my stickers were big they felt kinda wrinkly when I tried to wrap them around my large curved thumbnails. But after a couple minutes they seemed smoother somehow. Go figure?! Then I covered them with a coat of seche vite and they looked so nice & shiny. WIN! For my other 8 nails- I stamped a flame design using Cheeky 52 plate (it only seemed right given the name of the book- Catching Fire). I think they look wicked.
I can’t wait to try my own DIY stickers again! Weeeeeeeeeeeee!!
Check out the other manis for this theme here:
25 thoughts on “Nail Art Ideas Linkup (NAIL)- A GREAT READ”
Wow sweetie! They look amazing! I am in love with your decals!
Thank you! I imagine that I’ll do them again soon now that I know how they work!
This is so nice!
Thanks Lisa!!!! 😉
Awesome <3! DIY stickers are fun and you don't have to worry about painting detailed things with your non-dominant hand 😀
Oh yeah! That’s one of the best parts!
Wow, I just loved this! Thank’s for sharing the technique and the whole manicure was also awesome! 😀
Aww thanks! I’m so glad you like it!!
That looks so cool! And thanks for showing how you made the decals! I’ve been meaning to try that out for ages 😀
Thanks Kitsu… me too. Once I tried it I was like WHY HAVE I NOT TRIED THIS BEFORE?? lol
That’s a pretty cool trick!!!
Thanks so much!
AHA!! The layer of top coat OVER the design. It all makes so much sense now….
Awesome mani, btw! 🙂
Yup! Worked like a charm. And thank you!
What a brilliant idea, thanks for sharing the technique!
And you are welcome. hehe
VERY good job done and love this!
I’m rereading the series but I’m still on book 1 right now. Book 2 was my fav! Loved it! I’m a big fan! Also can’t wait for the new mooooovie *dances*
The movie comes out here on Nov 22, 2013. When is your release date?
That looks great! I’m actually reading book 2 for the first time now.
That’s cool! Love the series! Cant wait for movie #2 to come out!
I love the flame nails, these are gorgeous!
Thanks… that flame stamp works great!
Wow, I’m really impressed! I might have to try this myself 🙂
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