I recently played for a small production of Puccini’s Suor Angelica, a lovely yet heartbreaking one act opera whose cast consists mostly of nuns. Appropriate to the libretto, the performance took place inside a church, so my inspiration for the week were the stained glass windows there.
If I had more time, I would have hand painted the framework for the glass panels, but I was already going to be sleep deprived doing the stamping for this design. The two plates I used for this manicure were BM-402 from Bundle Monster and BPL-005 from Born Pretty Store.
The Infinite Ombré set from Formula X was perfect to color in the patterns because the gel tints have the ability to be layered over each other to create other colors. Because I wanted to keep things as simple as possible, I chose to put stained glass patterns on 3 out of 5 nails on each hand and paint the other two nails black.
I planned to turn the design from plate BM-402 into a mirror image so that it would fill two nails, so I allotted space for this on my middle and ring fingers.
The idea was to make the circular part of the pattern from BM-402 look as if it were the sun casting out rays of light, so I stamped one nail with the circular part facing the nail that will picture the inversion of the same design.
To make the mirror image, I couldn’t just turn the design upside down because there is a slight variance between the top and bottom halves of the pattern. Instead, I chose to make a nail decal with a form of reverse stamping. After stamping the image, I brushed clear coat over the design, waited for it to dry, and then I removed the dry polish from the stamper with tweezers and cut the piece down to the approximate size of my nail.
The mirror image is the side of the decal that the topcoat was placed on, just in case this isn’t apparent. I slightly confused myself when I was doing this as well. Note that if you turn the decal over so that the side that was on the stamper is now facing up, you will end up with the same image as if you directly stamped onto your nail, so that would defeat the purpose of making a decal.
To apply the decal, simply apply clear topcoat over the desired nail and smooth the decal over the nail while it is still wet.
All that remained was to color in the empty spaces with the Formula X gel tints. I made things a little easier for myself by applying a little color theory so that I could layer colors with other colors to get different shades. Yellow and red make orange and yellow and blue make green, so I was able to paint Limitless Lemon over quite a few areas before overlapping the yellow tint with Boundless Berry and Timeless Teal. I used the brush from the bottle because I wanted to get things done faster, but you can opt to use a detail brush or dotting tool if you want more precision.
I still had a thumb to stamp and color. Unfortunately, the images on BPL-005 are a bit on the small side compared to Born Pretty Store’s other plates, so it was tricky to get the placement right on the first try. I used a marshmallow stamper so I could push it down completely over my nail, and I put a dot of black polish on the center of my thumb first so I could line up the dot from the center of the pattern with the dot on my thumb.
I’ve griped about how my squishy head stamper doesn’t transfer images as nicely as my Konad stamper, so you can see that the entire design didn’t make it onto my thumbnail near my cuticle. I fixed this with Kiss Nail Art Paint in Black.
After coloring in the sections with the same technique as before, the manicure is done!
I guess this wasn’t the best choice for a quick manicure, but it looked pretty! Now to finally get some rest… I’ve still got rehearsals to attend, but I won’t have a performance until the beginning of next month. In the meantime, happy polishing!