December 17, 2012

NOTD: Christmas Plaid

Hi guys, hope you all had a great weekend! Today I have a little bit of nail art for you! I sat down the other day with white nails and a roll of striping tape with no ideas and this is what came out. I quite like the results! I think these look so neat in person, I'll probably be recreating it with different colors sometime in the future.

For the "plaid" nails I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, China Glaze Holly-Day and Layla Ceramic Effect #40. I have a couple photos at the end of the post for how I did the stripes, it was quite time consuming but I think the result is worth it!

For the accent tree nail I used Layla Ceramic Effect #40 as my base then did a triangle of China Glaze Holly-Day. The dots are a bunch of different holos, I believe they were Layla Flash Black, Layla Ultra Violet, Urban Outfitters Green Holo and Urban Outfitters Pink Holo (there might have been one more, I don't remember, sorry!). The piece of star glitter was fished out of some cheap polish, it doesn't have a brand name or anything on it so I have no idea what it is.

Below is a picture of the accent nail in my light box, I was hoping to take a sun photo of it but the sun didn't feel like coming out at all yesterday. This shows a bit of the sparkle of the dots!

For the stripes I started with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, once it was completely dry I put on strips of striping tape vertically on my nail and went over it with China Glaze Holly-Day.

Once my Holly-Day stripes were 100% dry I took more striping tape and put them across my nail horizontally. I went over that with Layla Ceramic Effect #40.

I'm sure you could do this free hand and it would be less time consuming but I don't have that steady of a hand!

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  1. super cute :D

  2. This is very beautiful! I love it!

  3. Pretty gorgeous, love the design! The christmas tree looks sooooo cute! ♥

  4. WOW those nails are amazing!

  5. Beautiful and so festive. I love plaid!

  6. Such a cute Christmas design!!! :)

  7. This is a beautiful mani! The tree decorations are especially cute :)

  8. This is too cute! I just love the plaid!

  9. I <3 plaid nails! That Christmas tree accent is perfect.

  10. I *never* come out of deep lurking mode, but just had to comment this time. Adorable! (Also loving + appreciating all your great comparisons lately!)

  11. Thank you <3

  12. Holy crap. I LOVE this manicure! The plaid is my favorite part!

  13. Love this - I don't have the patience to deal with all the striping tape but I sure would do (and have done) the Xmas tree when they are simple like this one. Great combo - the simple tree does not pull away from the plaid - so well ballanced.

  14. I'm glad to see someone else did a triangle tree instead of doing a freehand one. I suck at any freehand design, so tape was my friend when I did it last week.
    I might give it another go with the plaid. That is a great combo.


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