Victorian Love Letter Manicure

February 15 was a vintage love letter theme for the @glamnailschallenge prompt.  I have to say, using peel off base coat is making it a lot easier to get myself to paint more because I keep losing nail polish off my fingers by accident, making it necessary to change my manicure!  Good thing that these prompts are so fun to fulfill.

The first step was to choose a nice base color.  I toyed with the idea of staining some tan polish with alcohol ink to create that old paper look, but I didn’t have that much time to paint my nails.  I found this beautiful crelly from Pretty & Polished in my collection that reminded me of pretty speckled stationery, so I went with it.

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This color from Pretty & Polished is appropriately named Antique.

I envisioned script overlaid with roses, but after digging through my extensive stamping plate collection, I couldn’t find anything that looked like what I wanted.  I made the gut wrenching decision to attempt painting the words myself.  Mind you, I have never felt comfortable with writing words on my nails because painting with a brush really doesn’t work the same way that a pen does.  I probably could have used a fine tipped Sharpie to do this, but I opted for the harder route and used acrylic paint with a fine brush and winged it.  A challenge for the challenge!

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In retrospect, a little planning would have gone a long way.  My first mistake was that I didn’t give myself enough time to do this manicure before having to leave for an appointment.  I actually had to apply topcoat after I took the upper right hand corner picture so that I could leave and come back to the details of the flowers later!  I took the most time with my index finger, which is why the text looks so much better and clearer than it does on the other fingers.  But unfortunately, acrylic paint dries quickly, and my mix of black and brown paint got thicker and thicker as I moved from nail to nail.  I guess I might need to get one of those fancy palettes that keep the paint moist.

I also felt like my text was too unevenly spaced, although perhaps that adds a more realistic charm to the look.  Ever try writing on an unlined piece of paper before?  I guess that makes my handwriting look more authentic.

My saving grace was being able to place the roses over the bits where I thought the penmanship looked too sloppy.  This was easily done with a few kinds of nail polish and some dotting tools.  The leaves are Monet Money from Finger Paints, and the different shades of pink are all colors from Nicole by OPI: (from darkest to lightest color) Berry the Hatchet, City-Pretty Rose, and Carnival Cotton Candy.

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The letter that I’m holding is a facsimile of one written by Eugene O’Neill to Beatrice Ashe on November 1, 1914.

The result turned out very pretty, and I’m sure that people will assume that I stamped the script when really I cursed a lot over the cursive writing!  While it’s not my best freehand work, I’m still satisfied with it.  I’ll just keep practicing my brushwork and see if I can do better the next time.

Happy polishing!

 

Review of Born Pretty Store BP-X01 Plate

For the Victorian and baroque style lovers out there, here’s a classy plate that will have you swooning.

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BP-X01 plate from Born Pretty Store.

This item is from Born Pretty Store’s 6 cm square plate collection.  The quality is amazing, as you will soon see.

The plate comes wrapped with a thin blue layer of plastic over the top.  This protects it from getting scratched while in transit.  Be sure to remove this layer carefully before using it.

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Because the plate edges are straight, you must take extra caution while handling it.  I managed to cut myself by accidentally gripping the sides too hard while removing the blue film.  The sides aren’t overly sharp, but they can still do some damage.  Now I know why their rectangular plate series comes mounted on plastic backing!

The back of the plate has the company and website info printed on it.

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Back view of the plate.

The plate also comes with a cute cardboard envelope holder to further prevent scratches from getting etched into the metal surface while in storage.  You can read the instructions for how to use the plate on the back of the sleeve.

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Front and back views of the external packaging.

I wish that the package had a picture of the plate on it somewhere so that you can see what is inside right away rather than having to take the plate out of the holder each time you browse your collection.

The image sizes are generous.  The square patterns will not cover extremely long nails, but they are perfectly suited for toenails and average length nails.

As always, the etching is deep, and your stamper should have no problem picking up the images.

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A pretty damask pattern from the top row, middle image of BP-X01.

You can also try your hand at simple reverse stamping with some of the freestanding designs in the bottom row of the plate.

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Making a mirror using reverse stamping.

Put the two elements together, and you have a beautiful Beauty and the Beast inspired manicure!

 

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Beautiful nails courtesy of BP-X01.

You should be able to get lots of great manicures (and pedicures!) out of this plate by changing up the color scheme.  Your nails will look elegant and classy with any one of these patterns on them.

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this stamping plate (retail price is $3.99 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off the regular priced items your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/born-pretty-66cm-square-nail-stamp-template-baroque-floral-design-image-plate-p-29974.html

http://www.bornprettystore.com

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