Monday, April 14, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen DOES Texture, Day 1: Fossil Nail Art!

Good morning, readers!! It's time for this month's Digit-al Dozen nail art week and the theme is TEXTURE!! I'm pretty excited about this theme, you know how I love textured manis and I'm brainstorming up some fun ideas.

For today's post, I went a little outside of the box. Instead of going for textured polish (which you know I will probably use this week in a few different ways) I tried to think of things in nature that are textured. My daughter, Hailey, had a school project recently where you put things under your paper (rocks, leaves, etc) and rub a crayon over the paper to see the "fossils." Sounded like a cool concept for nail art, right?


So here I am, trying to figure out how I can get imprints of objects on my nails for fossils. Sarah from Chalkboard Nails recently had a great step by step on pressing a dotting tool into partially set polish to make a perforated leather look. Once I realized fossils could be done in a similar way, it was time to find things that were small enough to press into my polish in the shape of familiar fossils. In steps my friend Courtney from 6 Harts Polish with the BRILLIANT idea of using rubber stamps!

So off I ran to Michaels craft store with coupon in hand and found a few stamp sets that were "fossil" appropriate: a pack of leaves and also a sea creature pack that had a snail shell that you see so often when you google for fossil images. They were obviously too big for my nails so I just used part of the stamp image.

The base color is three tan and taupe polishes sponged over randomly to make it "rock like." I used Zoya Flynn, Nicole by OPI Taupe Of My Class, and OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons.

The key to this technique, after letting the thick quick dry top coat(Seche Vite) and then the matte top coat (Butter London matte top coat) dry for about 2 minutes each to partially set, was to paint cuticle oil on the rubber stamp so it wouldn't stick and pull up the polish.

Make sure you work on one nail at a time when you get to the top coat step.

After I pressed the image into the polish, I went back with a thin nail art brush and a dark brown polish to fill in the fossils so you didn't see bare nail. It was more true to life when it was a little darker than the surrounding rock color. The brown polish wasn't thick enough to fill in the impressions so it worked out really well.

What do you think of this technique? Thanks so much for reading, don't forget to check back each day this week for more texture manis.


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26 comments:

  1. Jacki this is genius!! I love how you really thought out of the box for this one!

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  2. Wow, this is definitely unique! Brilliant!

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  3. This is one of the coolest nail art designs I have ever seen. I am blown away by how amazing this is.

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  4. You're so insanely clever; this is amazing! :)

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  5. So cool, Jacki! I would have never thought to do this!

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  6. wow! I could never imagine nails like that! Simply wonderful. Congratulations

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  7. What a cool technique and so appropriate for this design! Great job! :)

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  8. Absolutely love these nails! So creative and gorgeous!

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  9. This is the cleverest idea ever! I love it!!

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  10. This is pure genius and has turned out amazing!

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  11. Hands down one of the most creative ideas I've ever seen for a texture style mani. Well done!

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  12. That is stinkin' cool! Who would have ever thought to use rubber stamps in nail art? I'm totally going to raid my mom's scrapbooking stash this weekend!

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  13. Simply amazing! I absolutely adore this mani!

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  14. The paleobiologist in me loves this!

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  15. So fabulous and creative....well done!

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  16. a rubber stamp!? genius! i have a terrible dd mani for friday i might try this and substitute it if i can make it work - this is fab!!

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  17. Omg this is most freaking coolest thing ever! brilliant!

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  18. I can't even with this. It's so freaking awesome - and so creative!

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  19. WOW - just wow. This is a FANTASTIC idea and I love how you decided to execute it! A rubber stamp - who would have thought! Kudos!

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  20. Oh my goodness! These are epic! Love these!

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  21. THIS IS SO AMAZING! I totally want to go buy a ton of rubber stamps now. I feel like I spend more money at Michaels on nail art supplies than I do at beauty supply stores :p

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  22. Amazing! What an ingenious idea. I love the way it turned out.

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