I have the final design in my Halloween trifecta for you today. This one is to honor my two black fur babies, Chance and Destiny, who you'll get to meet again towards the end of the post. "Spooky" is the last theme for October in my N.A.I.L Group (Nail Art Ideas Linkup) and I think this design is the closest I've gotten to it.
If you suspected you would be seeing more watermarbles from me right away now that I've learned how to do them then you know me well! I couldn't wait to try my hand, pun intended, at them again.
I decided I'd go a little crazy and try to use 5 different colors in my watermarble this time in this order: Sally Hansen Night Fright, OPI Skulls & Gloss Bones, Dance Legend Quiet Riot, OPI Moon Over Mumbai and Dance Legend Steel Panther. I am pretty sure I added a final drop of Moon Over Mumbai in the center. My patterns need some work, but I was proud that I managed to get them applied in opposite directions this time.
I polished the rest of my nails with 2 coats of OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts followed by a coat of HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat on every nail. Once dry, my thumb, index and pinky got a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust for the "twinkling stars" look I wanted. Finally I added a coat of Dance Legend Party Top to all my nails because I am loving the "glow in the dark" look this Halloween. My pinky finger got polished again with Sally Hansen Night Fright and the same topcoat treatments later in the design process when my charm accent didn't have enough contrast against the grey.
The designs on my nails are all water decals from a great sheet called Happy Halloween that I bought from Daily Charme. If you've used water decals before you know they can be just as difficult as stamping! My sheet was pretty cut up by the time I got around to taking the Product Recap photo, so I've included their photo of the product below.
|Photo ©Daily Charme|
For my design, I used the graveyard scene in the center of the sheet, 2 bats, 1 small cat on the moon, the large cat on the moon on the top right, and a portion of the graveyard scene at the bottom of the sheet. I had very hard time choosing between a cat charm and the solo cat decal. Which would you have picked?
I didn't intend to review the decals, but I'll give you a quick rundown of what I liked and disliked about them. LIKED: That there was more than 1 of all the smaller designs and they gave thought to making them opposite facing for use on both hands. DISLIKED: Some of the designs were really close together and cutting them out was a bit challenging. Also, the fiery orange border on the sheet is a decal and it's attached to all of the other decals around the border. Easily a LIKE if I had wanted to use it, but it took tweezers, cuticle scissors and a magnifying glass to get it out of my large cat on the moon.
A TIP for you for this particular decal brand: Make sure your polish is completely, and I mean COMPLETELY, dry before you try applying these. I've heard people say that decals won't stick if your polish isn't dry, but I had the exact opposite issue with these. My polish was dry to the touch and these decals stuck CRAZY fast! I finally resorted to applying them with my fingers IN the water to have any chance of moving them into place. I did my thumb the following day after my polish had dried overnight and the experience was quite different. There was lots of sliding around and much more time for placement on my wet nail.
Now that you know which decals I used you can go "Trick or Treating" through my design to see where they ended up! My only regret is that I didn't watermarble my index finger. I didn't visualize well enough how cool the graveyard scene would look over the watermarble and, unfortunately, I applied the decal to my index finger first. Since there was only 1 of that particular decal there was no chance to redo it. It's safe to say I'll be ordering 2 sheets of all water decals going forward!
To complete the design I applied a Bundle Monster 12mm Cat Cabochon to my pinky. He was originally sporting a red rhinestone, but that didn't work with my color scheme so I fixed it with a dab of orange polish. Then I added 1.5mm orange hex glitter from Born Pretty Store randomly to my other fingers. Don't forget to use my code NAWW10 for 10% off your next order at Born Pretty Store!
I thought it would be good to include a straight on shot of all the nails with the decals on them. I took all of these photos outside the lightbox under my new OttLight (Micheal's had them for 50% of last week!!!) so I wouldn't loose any of the sparkle. But, as you know, you subject yourself to some glare this way and I noticed it obscured parts the decals a little in some of the pics.
And what Halloween design would be complete without a little glow in the dark action?? I have to tell you that this bottle of Dance Legend Party Top was glowing like crazy just from sitting out on my vanity! The rest of my fingernails needed a bit of encouragement from a strong daylight bulb for about 30 seconds.
Basecoat and Topcoat: NailTek Foundation II, HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat, Dance Legend Party Top
Base polish: OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts
Accent polishes: Sally Hansen Night Fright, China Glaze Fairy Dust
Watermarble polishes: Sally Hansen Night Fright, OPI Skull & Glossbones, Dance Legend Quiet Riot, OPI Moon Over Mumbai, Dance Legend Steel Panther
Embellishments: Daily Charme Happy Halloween water decals, Bundle Monster Cat Cabochon, Born Pretty Store 1.5mm hex glitter
This is the scene I woke up to earlier in the week. Thank you my loves for inspiring Mommy to create this Spooky Halloween nail art design! They almost look like a very large 2 headed cat all snuggled up like that! :)
I hope you enjoyed this design and I would love to hear your thoughts! Have you tried water decals before? I've created a few video tutorials that could get you started, or possibly help if you had trouble. Don't forget to scroll down to see the Spooky designs created by other members of the group.
Thanks for reading! I'll see you at the next post.