For this design I tested out a duochrome green stamping polish that I purchased from the Born Pretty website a while back. I really love the colours in it. It is like a dark green base with a lighter green and almost gold shimmer. I decided to go for a double stamped effect by stamping the same pattern first in a plain white and then the duochrome green over the top of it.
I started by painting my middle and ring fingers in a dark green shade from Barry M’s Gelly Hi-Shine range. On the rest of the nails I used the shade ‘Tiki Hut’ from Barry M’s Coconut Infusion range.
On the index finger, I placed one single small rhinestone on the top middle of the nail. On the ring fingers I placed a medium sized rhinestone on the top middle of the nail, and then 2 small ones on either side of it.
On the little fingers, I stamped the pattern I was using (from Born Pretty plate BPL-028) in the green over just the bottom half of the nail. I then painted a white line across the middle of the nail where the stamped pattern ended.
On the remaining thumb and middle nails is where I did the double stamping. First I stamped the same pattern from plate BPL-028 in a white stamping polish. Then I did the same with the duochrome green. However I made sure that I placed them slightly differently each time so that you could see the pattern in both the white and the green on the nail.
For this design I wanted to use a tartan pattern from one of my stamping plates. The plate is Harunouta #10. The pattern only covers the one corner of the plate so is a bit on the small side, but I just about managed to cover my nails with it.
I also wanted the background colour to have a little depth to it so I used a red magnetic nail polish with a stripe patterned magnet.
I started by painting all nails in one coat of the red magnetic polish that I had chosen as my base. Once this was dry I applied a generous second coat, going one nail at a time, and immediately held the magnet over the top to give it a stripe pattern.
I gave this a good bit of time to dry really well. During this time I set up my stamping plate and tools. I used a black stamping polish to stamp my design. I also used liquid tape around my nails to help with the cleanup.
When I was ready I stamped the tartan pattern over each of my nails, removed the liquid tape and then used a flat brush with acetone to clean up any areas that needed it. I tried to place the design so that it was different on each nail. I also wanted to place it straight, but as I was not using a clear stamper, this didn’t quite happen on some nails.
This was a nice quick and simple Valentines design.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a dark pinkish red. This was ‘Raspberry’ by Barry M.
Once this was dry I used a white polish and stamped my design over the tips of each nail.
The plate I used is labeled ‘XY20’ and is a large plate of different tip designs that I got off eBay.
The design I chose is a pattern of heart shapes with 2 stripes to mark the edge of the tip.
This was a nice simple design with a bit of stamping and a few rhinestones thrown in for some extra bling.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a brownish grey colour that has fine gold shimmer in it.
After I used a floral pattern from stamping plate BPX-L019 by Born Pretty.
I used this with a white polish and stamped to the base areas of the thumb and ring finger nails only.
I finished off the design with a single rhinestone under the middle of each stamped nail area.
I think the bronze colour I used for this design goes really well with the black stamping.
I started by painting a large bronze tip to the ring and thumb finger nails. I used a flat brush to help define the shape and then went over this with a second coat.
On the remaining nails I covered the entire nail with 2 coats of the bronze. This colour is from Barry M’s Molten Metals.
I then stamped in black over all the bronze areas using a design from Born Pretty plate BP-L052. I used liquid tape to prevent any stamping getting on the areas of nail that I had left plain.
I then took a small dotting tool and the same black to dot a row along the line where the bronze and the bare nail met on the thumb and ring fingers. I finished off the design by placing a small silver rhinestone in the middle of each of these lines of dots.
For this design I wanted to try putting a matte top coat over the top of a duochrome polish.
I started by giving all nails a dark green base as the main colour of the duochrome polish I was using was green.
I then went over the top of this with a coat of my duochrome polish. This polish was from Born Pretty and changes from green to purple, but also has flecks of multi sized green glitter in it as well.
On the middle and ring fingers I stamped over the top of this in white using a floral pattern from a large Born Pretty stamping plate.
On the remaining fingers I used a flat brush to paint a white tip on each, before finishing everything off with a matte top coat.
For this design I started off by painting the ring and middle fingers in a grey shade.
On top of this I did a dry brush effect, first using a white, then a light sea green and then a metallic turquoise.
On top of this I stamped a floral lace pattern in black from Born Pretty Plate BPL30.
To the thumb and index finger I used 2 coats of the sea green shade.
I finished off the little finger with 2 coats of the metallic turquoise shade.
For this design I was trying out a new stamping plate and polish from Born Pretty that my brothers got me for my birthday.
The base for this design is a colour changing polish. I found that the colour change is quite subtle from a darker purple to a lighter purple to be very noticeable. However I found if I ran my nails under very hot water it did start to change to more of a pink shade. Most of the time though my nails are just too cold to see any difference.
The colours itself however are nice as purple is my favourite colour. I also love the inclusion of the silver glitter in multiple sizes as it makes for a prettier base for designs. I used 3 coats of this to get a proper coverage on the nail but it is very quick drying.
On top of this I stamped floral designs in white. The plate I used is BPX-L019 which has various pretty floraly type designs.
I used 2 of the different designs from this plate to stamp onto each nail. I tried to make the placement different on each nail so that it wasn’t all just the same for each nail.
I really like how the ring finger turned out on this design and it was relatively simple to achieve.
I started by painting all nails except the ring finger nails in 2 coats of a bright blue with a bit of shimmer in it. On the ring fingers I used 1 coat of a translucent nude shade to improve the overall look of the nail.
I then used a white stamping polish and a floral lace pattern from born pretty plate #bpl30. I stamped this over the entire of all the nails except the ring fingers. I cleaned this up and topped with a top coat.
On the ring fingers, I took some DIY masking tape and drew around the round edge of the bottom of my stamper. I then cut this out to make a curved edge. I used this to mask off a curved line on the nail. I then painted in the bottom of the nail in the same blue shade before removing the tape.
Then to finish off the design, I covered the curved line where the blue ends with rhinestones. I started with a slightly larger sized rhinestone nearer the base of the nail and gradually reduced the size as I followed the line.
These nails were more of an experiment than anything. I have some colour changing nail paints (from Barry M’s Chameleon range) that I barley ever use. This is simply because I like to always use topcoat over everything to make my nails last a lot longer. However the shades themselves are some quite decent metallic colours. Therefore for these nails I decided to use one of these as the base.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of one of these polishes, and then adding a layer of topcoat once it had dried. This changed the shade from a metallic blue to a metallic red. The only problem was that in some places around the edges there was still some small areas of blue left.
Over the top of this base I wanted to do a simple stamped design using a new stamping plate; ‘Born Pretty BP – L052’ which one of my brothers got me for Xmas. I picked one of the designs from this plate and then used liquid tape around each nail.
Once that was dry, I used a white stamping polish and a clear stamper to stamp and place my design over each nail. I then carefully removed the liquid tape from around each nail and cleaned up any mess around the edges.
To finish off the design I applied another layer of top coat over everything. To my surprise, whatever was in my base colour that makes it change colour, managed to come through the previous layer of top coat and reacted with the white stamped polish and second layer of top coat as I applied it. This resulted in the white stamping polish also changing to red. The result is what you can see in the pictures. Although it doesn’t look too great it was still quite fun to see things changing colours.