Call me a romantic at heart, but I love the look of the EKG heartbeat in jewelry and nail art. It’s such a cute idea to exploit the heart in the graph, so when I saw this plate from Born Pretty Store, I instantly wanted to use it.
It made sense to have the background of the EKG be white with black lines for the graph, but I wanted to color in the hearts in with red glitter as well. I ended up using the following polishes in this manicure.
I decided to highlight the EKG on my middle two nails rather than stamp the same design across my whole hand.
Because I have short nails, I knew I would not have enough space to fit the entire 3 lines of the EKG design on them. After stamping with noir black, I used Scotch tape to lift away one line of the design from the stamper.
Using the revamped image, I stamped it onto my nails.
I was annoyed that the image didn’t pick up clearly with the stamper alone, so I decided to take a detail brush and some black acrylic paint to neaten up the lines. At this point, I might as well have painted the design by hand, but it’s a lot easier to trace over the stamped areas rather than draw it without a guide.
Next, I took a small dotting tool and used it to color in the hearts with Ring In the Red. I left a little bit of a black outline around each heart to make it stand out.
After applying top coat to all my nails, I added a black rhinestone near the cuticle of the nails painted with red glitter polish. The gems looked like butterflies, although they could also be bow knots or X chromosomes for all I know.
It was sort of a cheesy concept, but I think it’s cute. Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day! Happy polishing!