June 13, 2013

Digit-al Dozen: Pop Up Book Nails

I can't believe how quickly this week has flown by; day four already?! Anyhoo, today I've got some really eccentric, not particularly practical or wearable 3D fimo nail art inspired by pop-up books! I remember a particular pop up book that I really loved when I was like four about animals (I'll have to ask my Mom the name), then later I had this really cool book that opened into a Victorian era doll house complete with movable doll characters. Paper art like origami, paper dolls, and pop-up books are so cool to me; such intricate details on such a simple surface -> also very similar to nail art, eh? So check out these nails and afterwards I'll talk a little bit about my experience with these fimo slices!

Manicurity | 3D fimo nail art inspired by pop-up books (not-practical, but adorable!)

Manicurity | 3D fimo nail art inspired by pop-up books (not-practical, but adorable!)

Manicurity | 3D fimo nail art inspired by pop-up books (not-practical, but adorable!)

Manicurity | 3D fimo nail art inspired by pop-up books (not-practical, but adorable!)

Manicurity | 3D fimo nail art inspired by pop-up books (not-practical, but adorable!)


My base gradient is China Glaze Bahamian Escape (light blue) and Grape Pop (purple), then on top I added a sheer American Apparel polish and a purple Colorama jelly to sort of soften it and blend a little more. Then I just added some fimo slices, easy peasy! The sliced butterfly idea is from Copy That, Copy Cat - a really amazing Australian nail art blogger (she doesn't post very frequently anymore, but her stuff is seriously soooo great; she was such an inspiration to me when I started blogging and she does a ton of inventive concepts and detailed freehand stuff). I added some silver dots to sort of tie everything together and give it a little more depth; and to tie the rest of the nails to the rando nail sticker I put on my pointer.

Now about these fimo slices; I didn't want my precious new indie polishes to travel alone, so I added on a large wheel of fimo slices to my Dollish Polish order - probably over a year ago (a hella long time). They are unevenly sliced and very thick. I would definitely recommend buying rods vs. pre-sliced so that you can cut them the way you want. When I sliced the butterflies in half down the middle to prop them up, it was very easy to do with an X-acto knife, so I can only imagine the rods will be similarly easy to slice. I think if you make the fimo slices thin enough they can sort of bend with your curvy nail bed, instead of poke out the way mine do in this mani. Regardless, they worked out really well for this particular theme!

Now check out the other nails for today!



15 comments:

  1. These are amazing! I was absolutely OBSESSED with pop-up books when I was a child. This makes me very nostalgic.

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    1. Aw yay! Thanks! These made me very nostalgic, too :)

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  2. haha - you're awesome, Emma! What a great interpretation to this challenge!
    They turned out adorable and thank you for the tips on buying these ;)

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    1. Hey! Thank you so much!! Hopefully it works out better for you if you do look into purchasing some fimo :)

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  3. Loving this! Although not practical to wear, it's definitely fun! I could see wearing it with some type of costume :)

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    1. Exactly! I could see this for a costume event of some kind, but the butterflies got pulled off in my hair like an hour later >.<

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  4. Those butterflies! Omg, so creative! <333 Love this mani :3

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    1. Aw thank you!! The butterflies aren't my idea, tho, they're from Copy That Copy Cat. But I WAS really happily surprised that they worked so well, at least for photos :p

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  5. You are so on a roll! Love it! I hear they have a pop-up book of phobias.....not one I would want! :)

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    1. Thanks Kirsten!! And omigod, how TERRIFYING! I wouldn't want one of those either, eeeesh.

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  6. Your gradient is amazing and the fimo slices are an excellent idea, especially the butterflies.

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  7. HaHaHa!! I love this! What a fantastic idea! :)

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  8. shuuuuuuuuuuuuut your faaaaaaaaaaace! this is awesome.

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