Sunday, September 16, 2012

Stamping series: Cloudy and rainy blue skies

Hi everyone! Today I have a manicure which was a fail at first but turned out quite nice in the end. Spotting a cloud design on my newly acquired stamping plates, I knew straight away I had to incorporate them into a manicure. I have wanted for ages to put together a blue sky and cloud mani but never got around to sitting down to free hand the clouds. Lets just say the freehand might have been less frustrating than the stamping :P

cloudy and rainy1

I started with two coats of Ulta3 spring shower (spring is in the air now in Australia! :D). I then took a no-brand white stamping polish to stamp the cloud design from fauxnad plate m79. This step frustrated me the most as my white stamping polish refused to be picked up - in fact, I had to try several times before I was able to transfer the design onto my nails. Even then, it was really faded and not at all like the in your face cloud design I had hoped for.

Time for Plan B! I decided to layer over a coat of OPI Pirouette my whistle to make the mani look softer and more subtle. And hey presto, a cloudy and rainy looking design was born :)

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cloudy and rainy3

cloudy and rainy4

The plate that I used for the cloud design, see how the design is etched deeply into the plate? Definitely user error and not the plate's fault!

m79 1

m79 2

I'm actually really pleased with the way the mani turned out. It's not what I had in mind initially but pretty all the same. I had some kids complimenting my nails while I was on prac and wanting me to do theirs too... ;)

Thanks for dropping by!


  1. Very dainty, looks great.

  2. This is soo pretty! It does not look like it began as a failure at all :p

  3. Thanks Rebecca! :)

  4. Awww, you're too nice haha. I'm glad it turned out okay in the end though :)


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