Another nail decal tutorial

I’ve been sitting on this tutorial for a while now but haven’t gotten around to writing it up–bad Kyoti! I just wanted to share how I made my own nail decals 🙂 Hopefully the pictures mostly speak for themselves!

Lay out either a sticker sheet (stickers removed, of course!) or a plastic baggie and pain a nice thick coat of a base color. If you’ll be putting this decal over a dark color do a few coats. I used Wet n Wild Red here.

Paint with a second color for an interesting effect, if desired. I used Wild n Crazy Pierre, a nice blood-red jelly.

Layer with glitter, crackle, whatever you want! Allow to dry for at least half an hour, preferably an hour or more but not overnight or it will be brittle.

Peel the sheet of polish off your backing. Using a scrapbook punch, punch out any shape you like! I found it best to push down on the punch and, while still holding the punch down, tear the polish strip off to the side, leaving you with a clean shape. When you’re ready to apply it to your nail paint a layer of topcoat onto your nail and apply! Topcoat over it to secure.

That’s it! Since this was still sort of moist (I only let mine sit for about half an hour total) it just stuck to the nail and I could have topcoated right over it without needing the topcoat to “glue” it in place. This is a great way to have lighter colored decals over darker colored polish!


NOTD: Feelin’ Peachy

Growing up a blonde girl who loved Super Mario it was only natural that my favorite Princess was Peach (AKA Princess Toadstool). Pink has never really been my color but I didn’t care, I wanted to be Princess Peach (even though it was infinitely more fun rescuing her then I imagine it could have been to be her awaiting rescue).

Isn’t she just adorable?

I wanted to try something new this time, I didn’t want just boring old French tips. Water marble tips is something I’d never seen before so I figured out how to do it all on my own! First, check out my pretty nails, then on to the tutorial!

To get water marbled French tips it’s pretty similar to doing normal water marbling. Start by painting your base color and allowing it to fully dry. I let mine sit for a couple hours but overnight would have been best, or I could have used some of my Seche Vite. Once your nails are dry, tape them up! I used French tip guides and then covered the rest of my nails and fingers with tape. I’ve found masking tape works best for me.

Next, follow this tutorial (or your favorite water marbling tutorial) but instead of dipping one nail at a time, dip your whole hand at once. Make sure your nails go in at an angle to prevent bubbles! After that you’ll end up with something that looks a bit daunting if you haven’t taped your fingers…

Imagine if you hadn’t taped up your fingers, look at all the cleanup you’d have to do! And for me I used a dark reddish color, even the small bits that got on my skin were a pain to remove without staining! So remember, boys and girls, always thoroughly tape your fingers before water marbling.

Also, if you’re using a styrofoam container to water marble in make sure that none of your polish hits the bottom or you’ll look away for a second and turn back to see this…

Yeah, that’s all water in the center there.

Once you’ve removed your tape and done any necessary cleanup you’ll be left with something like this!

As you can see from my first mani picture above I added a little crown stamp and gold lines where my French tips met my base color. I’m super happy with this!! I think I’ll have to wear pink for the first time in months just to celebrate this mani 😉

Now excuse me while I go fire up the Nintendo and play some Mario 🙂

  • Valmy 156
  • Valmy 157
  • Sally Hansen Gold Chrome
  • BM-215

Nail stamping tutorial (with a secret tip!)

Ever since I got my Bundle Monster stamping set I’ve really been in love with it! I love nail art but sometimes my hands are just too shaky or I want something really precise. And sometimes I’m just lazy 😉 This is actually pretty easy to do and using this tip I’ve been able to get perfect stamps and I can mirror the stamps, too!


  • Stamping plate
  • Stamper
  • Scraper (I use an old credit card)
  • Stamping polish (I used Konad special black)
  • Topcoat (quick-dry or slow-dry, I used NYC quick-dry)
  • The glossy paper backing stickers come on with stickers removed
  • Surface to scrape onto so you don’t damage your table (optional, I used a pad of paper)

Gather all your supplies.

Paint a large patch of topcoat onto the glossy paper. Let dry. For quick-dry polish, dry for 10+ minutes. For slow-dry polish dry for 30+ minutes. Do not dry overnight or it will become brittle and won’t lay nicely on the nail. You need a bit of flexibility to lay flat.

Paint and scrape your stamping plate.

Transfer stamp onto your stamper.

Transfer stamp onto the topcoat you’d painted on the glossy paper. On the bottom you can see the other stamp I did and flipped. You can also see the bubbles and how brittle it is from drying overnight.

Trim your decal to size. Paint a layer of slow-dry topcoat onto your nail and gently place the decal where you want it and get any air out from under it using the large end of a dotting tool or something else that won’t puncture the decal. Let dry fully.

Once dry, topcoat! As you can see mine wasn’t completely dry and it smeared. Using this trick you get perfect stamps every time and you can flip any stamping image so you can have symmetrical designs, or just to switch up the look a little. Enjoy!

NOTD: Snakeskin

This is my baby girl, Nenya.

She’s my 20 year old ball python. I’ve had her since I was about 16, she was my first real pet who was really mine. Growing up my mom and our family had a few snakes–a rosy boa, a burmese python, and I don’t remember the other one. We also had an iguana growing up, named Spike Lee. I love scaley babies! Just as much as I love fuzzy babies 🙂 I know some people are scared of snakies but my babies are handled often and are very well-tempered. I have two ball pythons, Nenya (the girl, above) and Kirby, the boy, who I got a few years after Nenya. They’re in loooove 😀 Most of the time adult snakes won’t do well living in the same cage but these two have always worked well together.

Left: Nenya, female. Right: Kirby, male

I’m trying my best to take part in a 31-day challenge that a blog I follow is doing and I’m keeping up pretty well. Today is “animal print” day and I knew I just had to incorporate my first baby into it. I considered stamping but it just wouldn’t do. Thankfully my baby shed during the night and I had some healthy, fresh skin to use. I originally saw the idea using faux snakeskin and the tutorial said to put the faux snakeskin on the nail and then paint over it. Wait, what?! Ridiculous, I say! My baby’s skin still had some pigment to it so I just had to do a base color beneath it and it looked fantastic if I do say so myself. Don’t you agree??

It was tough to put on the nail, next time I’ll have to trim it down to a more reasonable size, but I think the end result was totally worth it. My pinky and middle fingers turned out best, that was done using the skin from Nenya’s head and it has larger scales. It’s also a much smoother texture. One thing I really liked about this is the skin was so easy to fully cover the nail. Normally I have trouble getting flat things to sit nicely on my nail because of the natural curves but since snake skin is intended to move a lot it was just a matter of stretching the skin in some spots.

If you’re interested in trying this (and I know you all are ;-D) here’s a basic tutorial

  1. First, get snake skin! Trim your skin down to approximately nail-sized pieces.
  2. Paint a nude color onto your nail and let it dry completely.
  3. Take a slow-dry topcoat and apply a thick layer to one nail. Lay the snakeskin onto your nail and using the large end of a dotting tool press securely onto the nail. You can gently press with your fingertip to ensure adhesion since snakeskin is (of course) waterproof and you won’t mess it up, just be gentle.
  4. Let it dry and carefully trim away the excess around your finger. I used an Xacto knife around the nail bed (very carefully) and nail clippers at the tip. I used a nail file to get the last bit of stragglers at the tip, though there’s still a tiny bit of unevenness. Move on to the next nail and repeat so your first nail can dry.
  5. After you’re done with all the nails, wrap your tips and use a quick-dry topcoat to seal and give a nice, glossy finish.

I can’t say for sure how long these will last but even if they only last today they are awesome and a definite conversation piece. It totally blows snakeskin stamping out of the water.

  • NYC Bryant Park
  • real snakeskin
Edit: so I, being the silly person I am, took a shower about 3 hours after doing these rad nails. They still look ok but some of the scales at the tip have peeled off. Washing my hands a couple times had no real effect on them but if you want these for a special occasion or you just want to have them all-day I suggest taking a shower first.

Tutorial: Simple decals

I saw this on Julep’s blog and just thought it was way too brilliant to not share!! I’ve tried regular baggie decals before but they never turned out right. I’d love to be able to have nice, crisp hearts on my nails. And the gold glitter butterflies are just too cute!