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Friday, May 15, 2015

Hobby Polish Bloggers Presents: May Flowers


     On Monday I showed you my failed attempt at making my own decal and the feedback and suggestions I got was so great that I decided to try it again. I figured the Hobby Polish Bloggers May link up would be the perfect time since the theme is May Flowers.

     Now this is not my original idea but I loved the look and knew I needed to try it myself. The original manicure was done by  Nailartstampingmania. <----( click here for the original post.)  Here is my version.

Holographic-DIY-nail-decals

     I started with a base of Milani White on the Spot and while that dried I started on the decals. This was a long slow process for me as I had to make each decal one at a time. I only have one stamper that I like using at the moment. Good thing I was binge watching episodes of Heros on Netflix to pass the time. I love Netflix by the way, I get to watch all the shows I missed the first time around.

To create my decal I used:
Winstonia plate W-04 
 Zoya Black Swan
Parallox Polish April Holo from the April Subscription box 
 Zoya Penny
Sally Hansen Double Duty base/top coat
Small dotting tool


     As you might remember from my previous post I had a lot of trouble with the decal being stiff and hard to work with. I also had issues with it wanting to stay on the nail. That was because I used Seche Vite on the decal. A quick Dry top coat is what you want in most instances when it comes to nail art but not when making decals. Sally Hansen Double Duty was a dream come true for me. After letting it dry on the stamper for about 10 minutes I was able to easily peel it off, the decal was flexible, but not floppy and, adhered to my nail nicely.


     What a difference the top coat makes! What I once thought was a difficult technique is now so easy! I can see myself doing this over and over again. Of course I'll need to pick up a few more stampers so the process goes a bit quicker. But man o man am I impressed with my results. Now as much as I want you all to sit here and admire my work, it's time to check out what everyone else has come up with. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!



46 comments :

  1. Wow you nailed it on your 2nd attempt! Gorgeous mani!

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  2. Naked Without PolishMay 15, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Beautiful!! I tried watching Heroes recently (because I missed it the first time around too) and I couldn't get into it. :/ I do love Netflix/Hulu/Prime when swatching or doing my nails. Definitely makes time pass more quickly.

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  3. Gorgeous! This turned out so pretty!

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  4. They turned out beautiful!!

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  5. I am so glad you finally got the decal to work! I cannot wait to switch topcoats and give it a try myself.

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  6. These turned out super pretty! Happy to hear this method worked for you :)

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  7. super cute mani! love that image!

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  8. This is so pretty! Decals are deceptively easy after a lil practice and experimentation.
    I would marry Netflix if it was legal.

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  9. They look great!!

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  10. LittleNuclearReactorMay 15, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Top notch decal! I can't imagine how amazing your future decals are going to be :)

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  11. Love this one! I too had a lot of trouble initially figuring out which topcoat was best to use for this. Looking great!

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  12. Gorgeous! and good for you trying again as they look fab! Seems a few of us had similar ideas for the flowers :)

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  13. So pretty! Glad your second attempt went better

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  14. Awwww those are so very cute!!! I love them!

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  15. This is beautiful! I'm glad you figured out the topcoat thing, I'm going to file that away for future use!

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  16. The Polished MommyMay 17, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    These look so pretty!!!

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  17. PhD in Nail PolishMay 17, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Amazing job! Those decals are great!

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  18. Thank you. I am absolutely in love with how this turned out!

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  19. Im actually having a hard time getting into Heros myself. I liked the first few episodes, then lost interest, thought I might get it back if I kept watching. Now I'm on the third season and figured I might as well finish it. lol

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  20. I couldn't believe how easy it was compared to last time!

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  21. Thanks. This is one of my favorite plates.

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  22. Ha I love your comment! Netflix is amazing, I have no idea how I went so long without it.

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  23. Awe thank you. Im getting excited about my sent attempt, I just need to figure out what it's going to be. lol too many manicure ideas floating around in my head.

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  24. This is by far my favorite flower image.

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  25. It was so easy this time. I had no idea the top coat would make such a big difference but it was like night and day.

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  26. Naked Without PolishMay 17, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    And now there will be a reboot of it in the fall so you'll be caught up! HAHAHA

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  27. You did such a kick ass job on this!! :D

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  28. I love how these came out, so much pretty!

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  29. This is beautiful! I've yet to try making my own decals--it's on my very long list of nail art things to experiment with one day. :)

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  30. I have never tried decals-these are lovely!

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  31. Thank you! I'm really proud of these and almost cried when I had to take it off.

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  32. Thank you! It was one of those manicures where you look at it and think to yourself "yeah I rocked this!"

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  33. I wish you good luck and remember to avoid using a quick dry top coat.

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  34. I think I'll pass. right now I'm just trying to finish the series so I can move onto something else. I've picked a few really bad ones to watch lately. But I was smart and stopped 3 episodes in.

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