Wednesday, 19 February 2014

You can't scare-a-beetle - LNTC Stamped Nails

Hey y'all!

This week's theme for the technique for the Llama Nails Technique Challenge is stamped nails.  That's a pretty open-ended prompt, so I figured I could have some fun with it.  My final look is remarkably similar to wallpaper with a ginormous bug on it, but that's okay.

My base for this look is a shimmery gold-green shifter, Rimmel Pearly Queen.  I loved the way the green and gold sort of resembled a little Egyptian statuette I have of the goddess Isis, which is why you'll see me using it as a prop in some of these pictures.

I stamped all of my nails with Maybelline Pearl and BM404 to create the backdrop, which, yes, looks like wallpaper.  Whatever. 

Then over the center of my accent ring finger, I stamped the scarab beetle from the MoYou Explorer 02 (he's in the middle of his own pattern, which I just wiped off the stamper with a cotton swab dipped in acetone) using Maybelline Blackout.

I decided he just didn't look interesting enough in flat black, so I made a decal of the same image with Pearl and when it was dry, I tried to line it up JUST off center of the original image to give him some depth.  I actually really like how that turned out.

To finish off, I created the super thin french tips with my Kiss black striping polish and topped with SV to seal everything in.

The color-shifting polish underneath adds a bit of life to this antiqued look.  I am forever looking at those Egyptian images on my MoYou London plates and wishing I could come up with some kind of inspiration to use them more often.

What do you think?  Tapestry-chic or time to call the exterminator?  Sound off in the comments!

Hope you're all having a good hump day, and I'll see ya next time!


  1. wow, great manicure!
    regards bigs

  2. Im not usuall big on beasties, but I really enjoy looking at this design, even if it is wallpaperish, I like it!

  3. Wow love what you did with the decal, clever. This is so cute, perfect for spring. I nominated you for a Liebster award here: .x

  4. Love that extra little touch of black on the tips! Makes them look so connected.

    1. Thank you! One of the proudest moments of my week was getting those lines straight without tape :)


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