September 9, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen does Cotton: A Patchwork Quilt-Inspired Manicure using DIY Stamping Decals


Our second manicure theme is 'cotton' since the traditional two year anniversary gift is cotton!! My first thought was to do something inspired simply by cotton fabric since I could easily do another fun floral manicure, but instead I thought I would try a new-to-me technique and go for a whole quilt look! For this manicure I challenged myself to doing DIY stamping decals - basically making nail wraps out of a stamped image that you fill in with other colors. Check 'em out!

The Digit-al Dozen does Cotton: A Patchwork Quilt-Inspired Manicure using DIY Stamping Decals | Manicurity.com @emmathea

The Design & Process

I used my most patchwork-quilt-esque stamping plate to do this design - the two quilt images from my Lilic A01 plate. To do these 'decals' I painted 5 rectangles of clear top coat onto a Ziploc sandwich bag and waited for them to dry. Then I stamped my images onto the center of each little rectangle of clear coat using a black polish.

The Digit-al Dozen does Cotton: A Patchwork Quilt-Inspired Manicure using DIY Stamping Decals | Manicurity.com @emmathea

Finally I filled in all the spaces I wanted to be colored with tiny brushes and tons of different polishes - this step was very relaxing and fun, but also hella time consuming! I used a variety of polishes - mostly from Cult Nails. If you have a question about a specific shade, please ask me in the comments :D

The Digit-al Dozen does Cotton: A Patchwork Quilt-Inspired Manicure using DIY Stamping Decals | Manicurity.com @emmathea

To place my decals I worked one nail at a time. I applied a non-quick-dry top coat to the nail, placed the decal, then topcoatted over the top of it to set it. Then I tried to gently removed the excess decal with an orange stick and manicure scissors. Any extra leftovers were removed with a brush and acetone since it's all made of dried nail polish!

The Digit-al Dozen does Cotton: A Patchwork Quilt-Inspired Manicure using DIY Stamping Decals | Manicurity.com @emmathea

I wish I had taken better photos to show you the process, but I usually am too focused on the task at hand (har har) to remember to stop and take pics! While this was a TON of work and time, it did look super amazing and was totally worth it. I plan on trying this technique again in the future ;D

The Digit-al Dozen does Cotton: A Patchwork Quilt-Inspired Manicure using DIY Stamping Decals | Manicurity.com @emmathea


NOW don't forget to check out the other fab nail art below!




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16 comments:

  1. Wow these are so cute! Its so neat that you how you created the design too.

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  2. This is amazing! No wonder it was time consuming - the final product looks great!

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  3. Those must of taken ages to put together, amazing~

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  4. I have such respect for people who can do those stamping decals... Wow, seriously, I admire your skill and patience!

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  5. this stamping is totally cute! love it!

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  6. OMG stop, this is amazing! I need to try the home-made decal techniques!

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  7. Amazing!! Seriously these are the cutest ever!

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  8. SHUT UP these are just so amazing!!

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  9. I love how much is going on with these! Beautiful and bright! Perfect!

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  10. this is great - i can't imagine the patience it must have required xx

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  11. That mani ROCKS! I need to try that technique soon. Great job!

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  12. This design is fantastic, you did such a good job! Definitely worth the effort and time. :)

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