November 13, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does Black & White: Electric Heartbreaker - Stamped Gradient Nail Art with Pure Ice's Heart Breaker

This is a prime example of when a nail art experiment goes SUPER WELL the first time (which is definitely not always the case). I knew I wanted to do a gradient with a stamp over it that would sort of 'disappear' into one of the colors (you know what I'm talking about, also is there an "official" nail art name for it?!). And then at the last minute I was like, wait, I don't think people want to see 5 manicures of plain-ish black and white cremes all week (I mean, I DO but I don't think you want to). So I put on one thick-ish coat of Pure Ice's duochrome green to blue polish Heart Breaker as a top coat. And wow!

Manicurity | The Digit-al Dozen Does Black & White: Electric Heartbreaker - Stamped Gradient Nail Art with Pure Ice's Heart Breaker

Manicurity | The Digit-al Dozen Does Black & White: Electric Heartbreaker - Stamped Gradient Nail Art with Pure Ice's Heart Breaker

Manicurity | The Digit-al Dozen Does Black & White: Electric Heartbreaker - Stamped Gradient Nail Art with Pure Ice's Heart Breaker

Manicurity | The Digit-al Dozen Does Black & White: Electric Heartbreaker - Stamped Gradient Nail Art with Pure Ice's Heart Breaker

So pretty! So mesmerizing! I just twiddle my pretty finger bits around all the time with this mani. It feels like I'm a warlock and my fingers have tiny electrical storms on the ends! Here's how I did this (lots of simple layering + some patience):
  1. Opaque beige undies before doing the sponging (I usually do a smidgen of clean-up at this step so that I can get the sponged colors past the undies; i.e. when I do clean up after the gradient I'm not exposing awkward beige polish) 
  2. Using a damp sponge [on taped off fingers to cut down on clean up time!], do the gradient thing on all nails using Zoya Purity (white) and Raven (black with a tiny hint of shimmer)
  3. Stamp a cool pattern over gradient with black; in my case this is a cool zig-zaggy image from plate A32
  4. Swipe on one thick coat of Pure Ice Heart Breaker, marvel at how amazingly pretty it is
  5. Clean up forever while watching Arrow on Netflix, make sure and switch cotton buds often so you're not just rubbing black all over your hands and that you are actually removing it (I like to roll a tiny bit of cotton ball onto the end of an orange stick to make my own Q-tips, basically)
Manicurity | The Digit-al Dozen Does Black & White: Electric Heartbreaker - Stamped Gradient Nail Art with Pure Ice's Heart Breaker

One cool thing about this is that in person you can see the stamped pattern overlap all the way down to the end of the polish; the stamped image was done with a black that is darker than the sponged on Raven shade. I am really happy with this and will definitely be revisiting this idea again - it's just too pretty not to!

Don't forget to check out the other nail arts for today in the thumbnails below!


19 comments:

  1. This is awesome! I was so confused on how you did this and had to read your tutorial twice to understand lol!! The Pure Ice nail polish is very nice! It's amazing that it turned black polish into something so awesome! :)

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    1. ACK! Sorry it's so confusing! My boyfriend was confused too - he was all "How is the shimmer on the black parts only?!" And I was all "It's on ALL of it, it just shows up better over the stamped parts!". Basically 1. gradient 2. stamp 3. layer shimmer on top 4. stare in awe and confuse everyone :p Thank you for commenting Maddy :D

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    1. Thank you so much ladyfriend! I am so glad I added the shimmer, it really makes it so much better :)

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  3. gorgeous!! I seriously thought this was a green shimmer polish at first glance.
    I have been watching Arrow on Netflix, too. I was hooked from the first episode and i'm flying through the first season...just about finished. Can't wait to catch up so I can watch it in real time!!

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    1. Thank you so much Ali! Some of the ladies in my group thought I cheated and used green shimmer, too :p Arrow is so surprisingly good - I thought it might be a little cheesy, but I love the twisty plot turns! Definitely enjoying the first season of Arrow more than the current season of Revenge (my usual go-to for dramatic plot twists and secrets)

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    2. There are definitely some bits of Revenge that have me going, "Wha--?" but it's far better than last season. I'm so glad there has been no mention of the Initiative and Carrion, this season. and Nolan's getting better with age haha.

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  4. Love the stamped gradient look!

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    1. Awww yay!!! Thanks! Such a compliment from the queen of stamping in the Digit-al Dozen *bows*

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  5. WOW! This is outstanding on so many levels!

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  6. I have ALWAYS loved it when nail art 'fades' into a gradient like this. I don't think it has an official name. You should name it, since you've totally OWNED it here!

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  7. Me gusta mucho, a mi el degradado aun se me resite, me encanta como parece que surgen los rayos del degradado , queda genial

    He creado El Gran Reto de la Navidad NailArt, Anímate!! (También en inglés!)

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  8. I can barely stamp at all, let alone all fancy with the gradient! Well done!

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  9. This mani is so totally awesome. Even if it is green!

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  10. I love this mani. The effect is gorgeous, I love when experiments work as well as this one has. <3

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  11. Man, that looks so good! I love that the Pure Ice just pops over the black parts! I looks beautiful. And its smar to do your gradient over beige, I'll have to try that in the future!

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