|This Studio G punch cost |
$0.97 at WalMart!
I had to test it out as soon as I got home. Sure enough, it made absolutely adorable decals that are the perfect size for nails. Seriously, these things are adorable!
So- how would you go about making these? It's seriously simple. You need a few items to start with...
- The punch(es) of your choice
- Nail polish- can be nail art polish, colored, or clear
- Any other items for decorating the nail polish sheets:
- nail art pens
- brushes or dotting tools
- Plastic zipper sandwich bags
|I painted strips a bit wider than the punch.|
I find it helps to do two or three coats of polish, to make sure the resulting sheet is strong enough to hold together. This is a perfect opportunity to use cheap clear polish just to build up the thickness.
Also, this is a great time to play with wet marbling. On the bottom row, you can see where I experimented with marbling different colors together. You can also do stripes, dots, wavy lines... whatever you like!
The next step is the hardest for me- waiting. The polish needs to be completely dry before you remove it from the plastic, otherwise it can bunch and tear, wasting your polish and your time. You can give it a day to dry, or even a week or more. The longer you wait, the easier it is to remove from the plastic as well.
|Eek! I'd been wiping the tip of my|
skewer on my thumbnail while
marbling the bottom row. Sorry!
The benefit of using these instead of nail stickers is that they're so easy to remove! Because they're nail polish, they meld into your background polish, and easily dissolve in nail polish remover.
Unfortunately, that's the same reason they can't be used as glitter in nail polish- they'll melt back into the liquid polish. Such a shame... =/
It would seem that the brittle polishes wouldn't wear as well as the pliable ones. I'm not sure if that's the case... it would be interesting to experiment with!
Unfortunately, when you punch upside down, you often get little hearts everywhere. I found hearts in interesting places after doing this. It's amazing how those little things can fly!
Now I'll share some pic spam showing the finished results. It's really cute!! I'm thinking you could also use the leftover polish bits as well... trip them to fit your nail and apply them in a band. It's an idea!
|Four marbled harts in a row. Black on red is striking!|
|Hearts, hearts everywhere!|
|Stored in a plastic bag, you can see the variety of hearts I made. What, me obsessive? Noooooo..... :D|
Til next time!
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