It’s been pretty quiet around here lately, huh? I’ll explain below, but first I need to show you a design I am excited about. My N.A.I.L. Group chose “Skulls” as the prompt for the week following Valentine’s Day. I thought it was a fun idea to go from one extreme to the other and happened to come across the coolest Skull King charm when I was shopping in early February.
So the blog has been quiet because I have some things going on in my personal life, that other part of my life that doesn’t involve amazing nail polish and creating fun designs, and they aren’t good things. Aside from stifling my creativity, my motivation to edit photos and write posts for work I’ve already completed has been seriously impacted. But I am still planning to post about each and every 1 of the 6 Valentine’s Day nail art designs I created…even if it takes me until January to do it! Sooner would be better though, so please send good juju my way!
The inspiration to create this design came entirely from the Skull King charm I mentioned. Since I don’t regularly create designs featuring skulls I was worried he would get packed away and forgotten if I didn’t use him now, so I put a lot of pressure on myself to get this done. Design-wise what used to take hours now takes days, 4 days in this case, before this concept finally came together for me late last night. Fortunately the link up for my group doesn’t close for a few more hours so I’ll make it in if I can write this post quickly.
First I thought I’d give you a good look at my inspiration since the dark gun metal finish makes him a bit harder to see, especially his gem encrusted crown. This is the Gun Metal Crystal Crown Skull King Nail Art Charm from WiiNo Shop,
another source for great nail bling I learned of on IG recently. I pulled the color scheme for my polishes directly from the crystals in the charm including gold, light amethyst and a deeper, burgundy leaning amethyst.
I started with 1 coat of OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby
over my base coat on my thumb, pointer and pinky fingers and 2 coats of OPI Rumple’s Wiggin
on my middle finger followed by a coat of INM Out The Door Topcoat
. Then I applied 2 coats of Zoya Pixie Dust Stevie
to my ring finger sans topcoat to maintain the textured finish.
Once dry, I applied 1 coat of the opposing polish color over the lower half of my pointer, middle and pinky fingers followed by more topcoat. Then I took a nice long break before moving on to the next step.
Since I wanted the charm to be the center of attention I opted not to stamp skull designs on any nails. My mind kept telling me “tribal”, so I pulled out my nail vinyls and went to town. The majority of these are from NailVinyls.com
, but I also used a few from a tribal themed sheet created by KBShimmer
. I wonder if anyone will notice that I added even more vinyls after I shot this photo…
Here’s how it looked after I polished over the vinyls with 1 decent coat of OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not. The vinyls produced some amazingly crisp lines and you can only imagine my disappointment when I applied my beloved HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat 30-45 minutes later and it smeared the polishes. AND THE POLISH WAS ALREADY DRY! Anyhow…
I used topcoat to apply a 10mm Swarovski Elements Rhombus Crystal in Golden Shadow from Daily Charme
to my thumb. Since I wasn’t planning to wear my Skull King long term, I applied it with an Extra Strong Nail Adhesive Tab from Born Pretty Store
and it’s holding on remarkably well.
As I was poking through my stash for the umpteenth time seeking ideas for this design I came across a package of Triangle Water Transfer Cuticle Tattoos from Bundle Monster that I had purchased a while ago. It just so happened that the pack contained light and dark purple so it seemed like fate to me. I had never used them before and figured I had nothing to lose. If they didn’t look good I just wouldn’t show you the pictures!
Unlike water decals for your nails, the tattoo is positioned face down on your clean, dry cuticle area and then you wet the white paper backing, which is thicker than that of a nail water decal. So you have a little less control over placement and no ability to move them around once the backing is ready to be removed 20-30 seconds after you wet it. My first attempt didn’t come out bad, but I still adjusted my technique by cutting out the tattoo as close as I could with cuticle scissors to help with positioning.
I think the end result looks pretty cool and even better in person in my opinion. The triangles fit perfectly with my tribal theme and the colors were a near perfect match. What do you think of them? Do you like the design better with or without the tattoos? Have you tried them before or would you consider trying them now?
Basecoat and Topcoat: Orly Bonder and INM Out the Door
Base polishes: OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby and OPI Rumple’s Wiggin
Accent polishes: OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not and Zoya Pixie Dust Stevie
Accessories: Vinyls from NailVinyls.com and KBShimmer
Embellishments: Skull King Charm from WiiNo Shop, Swarovski Elements Rhombus Crystal from Daily Charme, Cuticle Tattoos from Bundle Monster
I hope you’ve enjoyed this design and I would love to hear your thoughts! I also hope that you’ll stick with me through these bumps in my personal life. It would mean the world to me! I love nail art too much to stop posting completely, but it’s a safe bet that I will not be posting on a regular schedule again for a little while. I also haven’t been doing the best job replying to comments in a timely manner here on the blog or on Instagram and I apologize for that.
Don’t forget to take a minute to scroll down while you’re here and see the nail art created by other members of this group!
Thanks for reading! I’ll see you at the next post.