When I need inspiration, I like looking through my stamping plate collection to see what catches my eye. This time, a plate from Bundle Monster stood out.
Plate BM-415 by Bundle Monster
The binary code totally reminded me of the The Matrix, so I decided to do a black base with green on top.
Step 1- Paint your nails black. I used What’s a Tire Jack from Sephora by OPI
I love a chic black mani! This one features What’s a Tire Jack from Sephora by OPI.
For the stamping, I ran into a bit of a dilemma. I don’t own a green stamping polish, so I decided to experiment and create a Frankenpolish of my own using the bottles of polish pictured below.
The candidates for my experiment, from left to right: OPI- Hot Fun in the Summer-Lime, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri- Lickety Split Lime, Sephora by OPI- Gleek Out, BMC Nail Lacquer- white, BMC Nail Lacquer- liquid gold.
In my head, I imagined that I would be able to mix enough polish to do all the stamping with one batch of Frankenpolish. I did my mixing on a plastic bag because it’s easy to clean up. Once the polish dries, you can peel off the patch, and the bag can be reused as a palette again. Waste not, want not!
What I did was put drops of Hot Fun in the Summer-Lime, Gleek Out (for shimmer), white, and liquid gold on the plastic sheet and mixed it together with an old nail polish treatment brush. To be honest, I forgot that I owned Lickety Split Lime or else I might have had less mixing to do. 😉
It’s alive! Frankenpolish time!
I tried stamping this concoction on my middle finger, and it came out pretty good. By the time I tried to use my Frankenpolish a second time, the polish thickened up too much, and I was unable to use it. I didn’t want to have to mix another batch again just for one nail, so this was when I remembered that I owned Lickety Split Lime. I decided to try swiping that on the plate along with liquid gold to avoid having to mix the polishes separately.
There’s a stripe of liquid gold underneath the stripe of Lickety Split Lime. The gold adds shimmer to the polish and darkens the color.
I stamped that onto my ring finger, but I wasn’t as pleased by the results.
Frankenpolish mixed separately on plastic for the nail on the left and 2 stripes of polish blended by scraping them together directly on the plate for the nail on the right.
I’m thinking that maybe I should bottle that sparkly green Frankenpolish combo I made the first time. 😛
In any case, for the other nails, I wanted to use holographic green nail foil I bought from eBay to make stripes.
Beautiful holographic nail foil! The pattern consists of tiny squares and looks like holographic green static.
With a striping brush, I painted lines of ScraPerfect’s Best Glue Ever at full strength onto my nails. After letting the glue dry clear, I applied the nail foil.
Binary code with stripes of nail foil.
I have to say, the nail foil looked better on the roll than it did on my nails. 😛 To jazz it up, I applied Garden Galaxy by Piggy Polish over the stripes.
The finished look. Time to dodge some bullets.
Am I in love with it? No. This totally did not come out looking the way I thought it would. I need to wipe the slate clean! But there’s always room for a sequel, and this time the sequel will be better. To be continued…