Showing posts with label alcohol ink. Show all posts
Showing posts with label alcohol ink. Show all posts

KBShimmer adds some bling to stamped nail art

Monday, May 4, 2015


I recently received some of the KBShimmer Summer 2015 Collection to share. And while I don't have swatches up yet, I have created some fun nail art with them.

For this glitzy and glam nail art I used Sun & Games. This polish is a super blingy gold microglitter. I used three light coats for full coverage, but I honestly think two would suffice. To add a little bit of color I applied a few different colors of alcohol inks. I love how the inks give a subtle color change to the polish. Then I stamped over it using Fab Ur Nails image Plate Fun 14.

Stamped nail art using KBShimmer Sun & Games and Fab Ur Nails image plate

Stamped nail art is habit forming

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I stamped yet again. This is becoming a habit for me. I love the different looks I can get with a fun base and the swish of a stamp.

For this one I used an alcohol ink base. I like using alcohol inks. They are so much fun and create a fun, marbled look. Then I stamped with Mundo De Unas Cream stamping polish and used BundleMonster image plate XL07.

Stamped nail art using Mundo De Unas stamping polish, BundleMonster XL07 and alcohol inks for the base.

I love the way the look came together. The colors just complement each other and the design works well over the alcohol ink base.

What do you think? What colors would you use?

These products were purchased by me.

Stamping out the stamping bugs

Thursday, April 23, 2015


I convinced myself that I had to try stamping to create nail art again. I have never had much luck with stamping and couldn't seem to transfer a clean image to my nails. Well, I am glad I tried again. Laurie from Dressed Up Digits gave me the courage to try again.

A little while back, I purchased some Mundo de Unas stamping polish. Well, it sat on my desk for weeks before I gathered the courage to attempt nail art with stamping. Let me tell you... it made all the difference in the world. I am extremely excited as this opens a whole new nail art door for me!

I started off with a base coat of OPI Alpine Snow and added an alcohol ink marble to it. I used Mermaid and Poppyfield inks. I love alcohol inks for a quick marbled look. Then I stamped with Mundo de Unas Blue Navy and an image from the XL 18 plate from BundleMonster. The Blue Navy polish transferred flawlessly to my nails. There was no lifting of the polish or bald spots left behind.   I still need to work on my placement though. The image plate was also easy to work with.


Stamped nail art using Mundo de Unas polishes and BundleMonster image plates.

I will definitely be increasing my stash of image plates and stamping polishes. I know that a lot of people have great luck using normal polishes to stamp with - and I will eventually try those again - after I build my confidence and skills.

Have you tried Mundo de Unas? What do you stamp with for a clean image?

I purchased this Mundo polish (and quite a few others) from llarowe.

Floral nail art for Digital Dozen Nature Week: Day Two

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

It's Day two of Digit-al Dozen Nature Week.

Nature means I can create the things I love - florals and landscapes. Today is a fun floral.

I used alcohol inks for the base. To protect my nails and cuticles from getting stained, I applied Crystalline Nail Veil from Color4Nails. However, I didn't get it close enough to the edges and did end up with some staining. But it washed off easily in the shower. 

I used acrylic paints for the flowers and stems. I love working with acrylic paint. It doesn't dry out quickly, which means you can use a very small amount. And if you feel like you really messed it up you can wash it off - providing you applied a good top coat before using the paint.


Floral nail art over alcohol ink base





The Digit-al Dozen is a small group of diverse nail art bloggers that post nail art inspired by a new monthly theme for five days in a row. You can find us blogging away the second week of each month! See the other nature looks below. 







Crystalline Nail Veil was previously provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Climbing the walls for Digital Dozen Day 4: Floral nail art

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Today is Day four of the Digital Dozen Patterns on Patterns theme. I had a couple of designs finished, but I did this one last night and I liked it so much I had to use it. I am having so much fun with this theme.

I started off with a base coat of Flynn and then added teakwood alcohol ink using a small portion of a cosmetic wedge. Then I used acrylic paints to draw the lines on the brick wall and then the vines and flowers. If you haven't noticed, I am partial to floral nail art. Flowers are so forgiving to create.


Climbing vines and floral nail art


Climbing vines and floral nail art

Now that spring is around the corner - well maybe a long corner, but it's within sight - I will be doing more fun floral manis.


Take a look at some of the other Patterns on Patterns looks below.









The Zoya polish was previously sent to me for an honest review. The other products were purchased by me.

Digital Dozen Day 3: Abstract Nail Art

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I love this month's Digital Dozen theme. Pattern on Pattern has been so much fun. I have tried a few different things and it's been a lot of fun challenging myself to think outside of the box.

Today's post is an abstract geometric design over an alcohol ink marbled background. If you have read recent posts, you will know that alcohol inks are my new go-to technique. You can read more about alcohol inks in a recent post.

My lines are a little rough, but for some reason I like the complete randomness of this design.

Let's take a look.

Random geometric over alcohol ink marble nail art

Random geometric over alcohol ink marble nail art


If you haven't tried alcohol ink, you should. It's actually easy if you have the right products. Color4Nails Nail Veil helps keep the dye off of your skin.

See the other Pattern on Pattern looks from some very talented and creative ladies.






Floral Themed Nail Art for Digital Dozen Day Two

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

It's day two of the Digital Dozen, This month's theme is Pattern on Pattern, and you know I couldn't make it very long without creating a floral.

So I created floral nail art over an alcohol ink marbled pattern. Alcohol ink is something I have fallen in love with. I thought it would be difficult, but it's actually very easy with the right tools! See my original post about it here.

I applied teakwood alcohol ink over a base color of Zoya Ana. Then, using acrylic paint, I added the flowers and leaves. I added a top coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl and I was done - so simple!

Floral Themed Nail Art over alcohol ink base

Floral Themed Nail Art over alcohol ink base


Are alcohol inks something you would try?

Zoya Ana was provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently. The remaining products and polishes were purchased by me.

Make sure to check out more of the Digital Dozen creations below.






Alcohol ink makes for marvelous marbled nail art

Saturday, February 7, 2015


There are so many awesome ideas popping up in the nail world. One of the ideas that caught my attention is the alcohol ink marbled look. I have been wanting to try it for so long. But I imagined it as a messy adventure.

I received a product last week that pushed me to try it. Crystalline Nail Veil from Color4Nails allowed me to put the dye on my nails and not my skin.

Alcohol Ink marbled nail art

I started off with a base color of KBShimmer Eyes White Open. This white is perfect for nail art. Then I applied a top coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. I wanted a completely smooth surface to put the dye on. Once this was dry, I applied Crystalline Nail Veil to my cuticles around the white polish. I made sure to cover any part of the nail that I didn't want ink to get on also. The small striping brush from the Nail Veil made it easy. It does have a strong odor to it. But it dissipates quickly. I allowed it to dry about five minutes. If you are allergic to latex, do not use this product. 
 
 
I tore a cosmetic sponge into tiny pieces and added two small drops of alcohol ink to a small section. Then using tweezers, I dabbed it onto my nail. I added the ink to my nails pretty randomly. I learned I like to add a little of alcohol to my sponge as it makes the marble look a little more muted. I started off with the Teakwood color. I bought a set of three inks at Hobby Lobby. They are $9.99 for the set; and of course I used one of their handy 40 percent off coupons. And as it only takes a couple of small drops of ink, it will last for quite a while.



I actually like the Teakwood on its own. But as I was experimenting, I decided to add the other colors. I repeated the process with the Indigo and Mermaid colors. 

Alcohol Ink marbled nail art

The ink dries really quickly, so there wasn't much waiting to suffer through. I used tweezers and peeled off the Nail Veil. It was oh-so-easy. Without it, I am pretty sure I wouldn't have tried this technique for a while. Alcohol inks are a stain, so they will stain your skin.

Alcohol Ink marbled nail art

I am pleased with this marbled look and I can't wait to try it some more. In the meantime, I will be using Nail Veil for marbling and gradients.

I am not sure who initially came up with this ingenious idea of using alcohol inks. But I took my lead from Ten Little Canvases. You can see her YouTube video here.


Is this something you would try?

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These polishes were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently.

 

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