Holiday Underside Mani

Nail Polish Canada’s Holiday Nail Art Challenge is happening right now!!  I did Snowbunny Nails for WEEK 1 and I got a lot of votes… so THANK YOU to everyone who voted for me!!!!!  Although I didn’t secure 1st place I received a lot of sweet comments on my skiing bunnies, so it was still a WIN.  🙂

I just finished my second design for the holiday challenge since it’s week 2 right now.  The theme for this week is DECORATIONS.  Since I love DECORATING the underside of my nails- I went with a holiday UNDERSIDE MANI, as I like to call them! 🙂 

underside manicure by craftynail

Underside manis are easy to do as long as your nails have some length to them. Just use a polish that has a skinny or small brush so you don’t bump your skin too much.  I like to wipe most of the paint off my brush so it doesn’t drip all over.  A few thin coats underneath are better than thick ones.  I painted it carefully and I didn’t need to do any cleanup at all.  I used a gold foil polish called Golden-I by Sally Hansen.  Then I placed some tiny blue rhinestones for extra appeal.

holiday decorations mani

To keep in line with the DECORATIONS theme- I naturally wanted to add designs to the top of my nails too.  I pulled inspiration from some traditional-type holiday decor; snow flakes, candy canes, a trimmed Christmas tree and a string of holiday lights.  The snowflakes and candy cane designs were stamped using MoYou London Festive 03 stamping plate.  Then I hand-painted the Christmas tree and lights.

holiday decorations skittle mani

Because it’s half stamped and half-hand painted it has a very mix-matched feel… but I think the studded undersides bring it all together!  I hope you like them!

Here’s the URL if you’d like to vote for me or your other favorite nails: NAIL POLISH CANADA WEEK 2 DECORATIONS.  Votes can be placed on the bottom of that page…just pick me (CRAFTYNAIL) from the list of bloggers.  You have to enter your name and email to vote, but don’t worry- they will not spam you. 🙂  Thanks for stopping by and see you soon!

Awesome guest post by Nail Polish Society

 I’m outta town right now!  Hello from Las Vegas!  Since I’m away from my computer I would like to present to you my very first guest post featured on my Craftynail blog!  Let me introduce you to a blog I LOOOOVE called NAIL POLISH SOCIETY!  Emiline, take it away…..
 
Greetings! I’m Emiline Harris from Nail Polish Society. This is my first guest post ever (how am I doing so far?), and I am soo excited to do it for Craftynail!! Jacqui is talented in so many ways, with her creativity, variety, and entertaining posts. As a new blog around town, I am honored by this opportunity!

A little about myself- A few months ago I was really drawn in by all the nail blogs I was discovering. Soon enough I had the itch to start my own blog. In a short time my collection has quintupled (at least)! So why Nail Polish Society? Well here’s a little insider information that I’ve never shared before! The inspiration for my blog name came from my love of organizational societies: National Geographic Society, Dead Poet Society, Relief Society, Jane Austen Letter Writing SocietySociety for Creative Anachronism (it’s a real thing, as I just discovered). “Society” sounds classy, and a place where you can feel included. That’s the environment I want to foster with my blog.

Now on to the important stuff.. the nails! As complex as it looks, this is honestly one of the fastest nail art manicures I’ve done! I’ll give you a little step-by-step, so all you crafty people can recreate it yourselves!

To begin my manicure I applied two coats of Zoya Seraphina on each nail.

 
 

How I did the water marbling for my index and middle fingers:

  1. First I used Scotch tape to mask off the skin around my nails, to make cleanup easier. 
  2. I filled up a plastic cup with luke warm water and alternated drops of Zoya Seraphina, OPI I Don’t Give a Rotterdam!, and OPI..Eurso Euro until I had multiple rings of each color.
  3. With a toothpick I made a design in the rings of color, and dipped my index finger into the water over the area where the design looked the best.
  4. With a toothpick I removed the rest of polish from the surface of the water before taking my finger out.
  5. I pulled off the tape and removed extra polish with my cleanup brush.
  6. I repeated the process, this time creating a different design, for my middle finger.
For my thumb and pinky I did another try of the water spotted technique (you can see my first attempt here.)
  1. First I used Scotch tape to mask off the skin around my nails, to make cleanup easier. 
  2. I filled up a plastic cup with luke warm water and added multiple drops of OPI..EursoEuro
  3. Aiming from a few inches away, I spritzed body spray onto the polish until enough holes appeared.
  4. I dipped my thumb and pinky into the water over the best parts of the design at the same time.
  5. With a toothpick I removed the rest of polish from the surface of the water before taking my fingers out.
  6. I pulled off the tape and removed extra polish with my cleanup brush.

For my ring finger I applied one coat of Sephora by OPI Flurry Up! over the two coats of Zoya Seraphina. It was SO sparkly, I loved it!

 
I finished off the mani with a coat of Seche Vite to seal everything in and speed up drying time.
 

What I used:

Zoya Seraphina- silver

OPI I Don’t Give a Rotterdam!- light silvery blue

OPI…Eurso Euro- bright navy blue

Sephora by OPI Flurry Up!- silver glitter

Seche Vite top coat

What do you think of the medley of designs? I hope you enjoyed it! I would love to see any recreations/interpretation of this, just leave a link on my facebook page, or twitter. Let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks for reading, and a BIG thank you again to Jacqui! 

OMG, don’t you love these nails and the fact that she made the speckles with scented body spray?!  So crafty!  And I hafta say, I love the name NAIL POLISH SOCIETY.  The appearance of Emiline’s blog is so cool and official-feeling too.  Because I follow her blog I feel like a full-fledged member of her ‘society’.  Ahhh, it feels so good to belong!  lol.  If you are curious to see more of Emiline’s nails, you should def check out this SKULL MANI she came up with.  She did the cutest fashion show with her nail art, inspired by America’s Next Top Model.  You hafta see it.  Thanks to Emiline for helping me out during my hiatus!    -Jacqui

Snowflakes for N.A.I.L. Linkup

Hey everyone!  This nail art is for week 1 of the December Nail Art Ideas Linkup!  The theme is snowflakes….

snow flake nail art

Shown here is…

♥ BASE COAT- Sally Hansen Maximum Growth

♥ BASE COLOR- 2 coats of Dancing Nails, a rose-colored metallic from Sinful Colors.

♥ GOLD GRADIENT- I sponged Julie G Metallic Heels onto the tips of my nails.  This rose/gold metallic gradient looked so cool!

♥ WHITE SNOWFLAKES- I stamped white Konad polish using my MoYou Festive 03 Plate.

♥ ACCENT NAIL-  The 3 maroon and beige snowflakes are a water slide decal, and then I placed rhinestones on top.

♥ Topcoat – 1 coat of Seche Vite

snowflake nails

Don’t you just love winter-scene manis?  I hope we see a lot more snowflake designs in the #NAILLINKUP!  Here’s the gallery:

N.A.I.L. December Theme 1 – Snowflakes

Brijit designed two beautiful widgets for the NAIL Linkup this month- a blue one and pink one!  Don’t they look sweet?  Which one is your fave?  I’m really groovin on the pink one!

December N.A.I.L. Linkup Announcement

December!  That festive time of year when you’ll be shopping for gifts, attending holiday parties and celebrating New Years.  Better paint those nails nice- you’ll be a social butterfly, whether you like it or not!  The holidays have that effect on us, don’t they?

Brijits Digits, Craftynail and Eeeek! Nail Polish! are bringing you 5 great ideas for nail art this December as part of Nail Art Ideas Linkup.  Join in with us and you’ll be sporting the most festive of nails!  Let’s see what’s on the plate for December…

NAIL LINKUP Dec2013

Theme 1- SNOWFLAKES

Theme 2- SHOPPING

Theme 3- WINTER SOLSTICE

Theme 4- FESTIVE FRENCH MANI

Theme 5- NEW YEAR

Feel free to share one of our December N.A.I.L. graphics on your page.  We made two different widgets this month so you can choose your favorite!

As far as nail challenges go, you’ll enjoy the N.A.I.L. Linkup since it’s fun and flexible.  No big commitment!

    • Do one of the weekly themes, or do them all- it’s up to you!
    • The dates for each week are only suggestions- you can post your nails whenever you want in December.
    • The nail art ideas/themes are open to interpretation.  You can create whatever kind of design you want!  Stamps, stickers, acrylics- they’re all game!
    • We encourage all nail enthusiasts to join in whether you have a blog, FB, IG, Tumblr, etc…
    • Don’t forget to enter the URL to your nails via the inlinkz below.

N.A.I.L. December Theme 1 – Snowflakes

N.A.I.L. December Theme 2 – Shopping

N.A.I.L. December Theme 3 – Winter Solstice

N.A.I.L. December Theme 4 – Festive French Manis

N.A.I.L. December Theme 5 – New Year

Any questions about NAIL ART IDEAS LINKUP?  Contact us or read more about N.A.I.L. on our blog links below.  See you in December!

signed,

Brijit from Brijits Digits

Jacqui from Craftynail

Jemma from Eeeek! Nail Polish!