Nail Art for Lovers: Leather and Lace

Hello gentle readers.

I was messing around the other day, to see what I could come up with nail art wise in the theme of Valentine's Day. I wasn't holding out much hope... I am not exactly the Chalkboard Nails of the nail art set, here. My offerings are rare and the outcomes are pretty hit or miss. Usually miss.

This design I would classify as... I'll let you decide. I call it Leather and Lace. Enjoy the earworm. #sorrynotsorry It kind of came together as I went along. I knew that I wanted to work in pink with some red and white. I wanted stamping, texture and shine. Then I ran with it. I went stash diving and ended up using all China Glaze polishes. My selections were Wicked Style, With Love and Snow. I also hauled out a stamping plate and some striping tape and got to it.

I started with one coat of Wicked Style, a gorgeous bright pink creme on all but my ring nails then did my ring nails in With Love, a beautiful red crelly. I topped them with Seche Vite and let them dry a few minutes then stamped the pink nails with Snow and the rose image from BM H-16 to look like lace. On the red accent nail, I applied stripes of tape, then two coats of the Wicked Style and pulled off the tape and got this cool, thick texture like a tooled leather finish. I topped all of my nails with more Seche Vite.

Unfortunately, in photographs, the accent nail texture doesn't come across as it did in person. Isn't that the way is always is?



Don't inspect that stamping too closely! You'll see where I clearly mucked up the works on that. 



I am so bummed that the accent nail came out looking so flat and blah in my photos. In person, it was so much more interesting and dimensional.

Are you doing anything special for Valentine's Day? Going out? Snuggling in? Having a girls night? Flying solo? The husband unit and I will be pretty much rolling as usual. We don't much bother with Valentine's Day any more. We have been married so long that it is not that big a deal, to us. We also tend to do little things for one another whenever the spirit moves us, rather than making grand gestures when the calendar tells us to.

Okay, I am going to post this before the day gets away from me. Thank you so much for swinging by and reading and have yourself a terrific day!

39 comments

  1. Great combination of this bright color combination with that lace stamping :)

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  2. I don't think it looks float. It looks amazing to me.

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  3. I'm really loving this! You all are getting me in the mood to do vday nail art

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  4. Beautiful! I muck up stamping a lot more hehe, yours is more legible by a mile!

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  5. oh puh-leeze girl you are fab at doing nail art!! Did you see my mani? It's not great, and that was after several fails. haha!!

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  6. This is gorgeous! Not doing anything. Bah humbug!

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  7. I'm sure we'll stay in - we're not one to pay the extra high prices or battle the crowds. I don't mind, like you, we 'celebrate' all the time. :) I love the lace effect on this mani, girl. It's very pretty and delicate! Great stamping.

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  8. Wow, that's beautiful! I'll have to look into getting those. Ooo.

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  9. This is SO pretty and perfect for Valentine's Day! I can never get stamping, I always make it look like my two year old niece did my nails O_o!

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  10. Such a great design. I used to have a cheap-o stamping kit but it always smudged on me as I was lifting the stamp!

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  11. I think it turned out beautiful, even though you don't like how the accent nail turned out in the photos. Your nails are perfect!

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  12. I would have such a HARD time removing this look!

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  13. Messing around? this is epic beauty in my vocab! If only I have 1/277th of your talent and patience. V-day means take out and 3d movie at home, I feel old...I know, haha!

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  14. I LOVE this! I actually like that the stamping looks a bit softened.

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  15. Your accent nail came out about 1 million times better than any of my nails would. They are gorgeous. well done.

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  16. Thank you so much. I wasn't so sure about this mani. LOL

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  17. Thank you. That is what I was going for, like lace. :)

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  18. Not old, at all. Sounds great, to me. :D

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  19. Maybe it was the stamper or the image. Or you just needed a little practice. I get some smudging when I try new images, sometimes, so I always practice on a piece of paper until I have it down before I go to my nails. :)

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  20. Hee! Hee! I can royally foul up my stamping, sometimes. I find that practicing can make a big difference. Scrap paper is my friend! :D

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  21. Thank you. Stamping is fun and an easy way to decorate the old tips. :)

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  22. I'm with you, Why pay extra for a specific night? No thanks. :)


    Thank you so much. :)

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  23. LOVE LOVE this nail look. Very pretty!

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