January 26, 2015

Stamping on Taped Green & Chartreuse Gradient [Nail Art]




Blaaaargh! Mondays are the worst!

Anyway, I've got some more nail art for you toady- actually another taped gradient using some of the China Glaze Road Trip polishes, similar to this one.

This time, I managed to take a few shots of the gradient for you, before I stamped over it:



I used Scotch tape again to tape off portions of the nail before sponging the gradient, but you can see that it's not perfect at the tips. I think next time, I'll get some painter's tape and try that.

I also used the dry-sponge method with this one, and it looks like three colors, but was actually just two! The base is China Glaze- Trip of a Lime Time, and I painted that and China Glaze- My Way or the Highway onto the sponge in overlapping stripes until they blended a bit.

Initially I wanted this gradient to go to blue too, using China Glaze- License & Registration Pls, but when I put everything on the sponge, that one didn't have a similar enough consistency to blend well with the others, and wouldn't transfer evenly. So, I just used the two shades, instead!




Now for the stamping!


Both of the designs are from MoYou Pro XL- 11, and I used Zoya- Willa and Zoya- Purity to stamp because I couldn't decide between white or black. Actually I wanted to blend the black/white on the stamping plate, which is always fun, but it just wouldn't work out with these two.

I really need to get some better basic stamping polishes because every time I look at close-up photos afterwards, I'm a little disappointed. They look pretty nice and sharp in person, though! I know people like the Mundo de Unas stamping polishes. Are those the way to go? I just need basic, opaque creme colors- think I'm set on metallics/ holos.



I especially liked the way the thumb turned out:


This ended up being a very Summery manicure, and I was sorely lacking some kind of parrot decal to go with it! I liked it though!




What do you think?

I would love to know your favorite black and white stamping polishes!

16 comments:

  1. IIRC, there was some kind of controversy over the Mundo de Unas polishes because they contain lead(?). I could be thinking of some other brand though.

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  2. Hmmm, yikes! I will look into that, thank you!

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  3. I love how you've done the base colors!

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  4. Awesome stamping over the gradient and taped areas. Now that I think about it, its been so long since I last did a gradient too.

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  5. The Nail Smith (Millie)January 26, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    I love this color combo so much! As for stamping polish, I stamp quite a bit and I don't even own any stamping polish lol for black and white, at least, I use Wet n Wild Black Creme and Sally Hansen White On. They work marvelously, plus they're available at local drugstores :-) Hope this helps!

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  6. Mondays... T__T As far as the nails go, I like the white stamped on top. I think the only color I've successfully stamped with is a basic Born Pretty black creme. It's super opaque and dries pretty quickly. Then again, I'm pretty ass at stamping. lol

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  7. I love the color scheme here, beautiful! Definitely reminds me of a parrot or tropical leaves! For good stamping polishes I go with the Born Pretty Store, cheap and actually quite good, especially the black!

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  8. Beautiful manicure! Your gradient looks fantastic with the stamping. I have to agree with Traci that it reminds me a lot of tropical birds! Beautiful combination :) xx

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  9. Oooh, you should do one soon! :)

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  10. I think I like the white too! LOL, looks like the Born Pretty ones are the way to go!

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  11. Thaaaank you! Yes, I really wanted some kind of bird decal for it. Oh well! <3

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  12. Yay, thanks! I think I am going to check those out!

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  13. LOL! I tried White On at one point and I couldn't get it to work...but I was just starting out with stamping so maybe it was user error! Thank you for the suggestions!

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  14. Thank you! I had fun making that one!

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