September 06, 2014

Bad Romance

Love nail stamping nail art

"Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah-ah!  Rama-ramama-ah.  GaGa-ooh-la-la!  Want your bad romance!"  :)  When thinking of my post title, Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" is what popped into my head first with the +Bundle Monster love themed stamping, and the muddled dark red background.

To create the background colors, I used +Elle WithL's #smooshattack technique.  I'll describe it more below, but she has a great video on her Instagram.

Nail Polish
Polish Used:
  • Sinful Colors - Rich in Heart
  • Sinful Colors - Ruby Ruby
  • Wild and Crazy - Wild Vision
  • Chine Glaze - Cherry Crystal
  • Bundle Monster - Liquid Gold
Other Supplies:
  • Bundle Monster stamping plate BM-H16 (roses)
  • Bundle Monster stamping plate BM-H17 (kisses)
  • Bundle Monster stamping plate BM-H18 (mixed hearts and hearts in circles)
  • 2 Rubber stampers
  • Base and top coats

This was my first attempt at Elle's #smooshattack technique, so mine was a bit messy as you can see.  Hopefully I'll get better and cleaner with practice.  Originally, I was going to do some double stamping too, but the red I was going to stamp with wasn't opaque enough to stand out over the dark background. To create this look:
  1. Apply two colors to a rubber stamper.  I started with Rich in Heart and Ruby Ruby.
    Nail polish on stamper
  2. Use a second stamper to smoosh the colors around.  Smoosh a lot for a more blended/smooth watercolor look, or smooth less for more definitive edges between the colors.
    Nail polish smooshed on stampers
  3. Stamp this on your nails.
    Stamp polish on nails
  4. Repeat the process with Wild Vision and Cherry Crystal.
    Add more smooshed layers
  5. Repeat with Rich in Heart and Ruby Ruby again to add a few more darker tones on top.
    Add more polish
  6. (optional) If the paint is a bit uneven, paint a coat of clear to coat before stamping.
    Paint with clear top coat
  7. Using Liquid Gold, stamp BM-H18 (mixed hearts) on index, BM-H16 (roses) on middle, BM-H17 (kisses) on ring, and BM-18 (hearts in circles) on pinky.  I left my thumb plain, but you can do any love themed stamp.
    Stamp designs on nails

Add some top coat, clean up any messiness, and you're done!

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