May 21, 2013

NOTD: Fun with Embossing Powder

Hi guys! Today I have a bit of an experiment for you! I went by Michaels over the weekend to get a couple things for a different nail art thing I have planned and I ended up getting sucked into the scrapbooking section. I swear, that aisle is like a money pit for me, I don't even scrapbook I just buy all sorts of random stuff to see if I can somehow stick it to my nails. I remember seeing Embossing Powder there when I bought flocking powder a while back but I didn't buy it for some reason. Anyway, this time I was a sucker and I couldn't resist, as far as I know embossing powder is used with stamping...you pour it over the wet ink and then use heat on it. I kinda wanna try that just to see what it does.  Michaels had a whole rainbow of colors of embossing powder, everything from matte semi neon shades to metallics and some with sparkle.

I wasn't sure how this would turn out so I ended up buying a 5 pack that came with purple, pink, blue, light yellow and lime green powder. Each one came in a little tube which you can sort of see in the photo below. I decided to mix all 5 color together and see what happened when I sprinkled it over wet polish (OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls for the photo below). I quite like the result!

Once this was dry it kind of had the texture of glittery textured polishes we've seen so much this year. This could be a good way to DIY a texture polish if you want a specific color combo! I tried this with top coat and I wouldn't recommend it, it looked like it melted the pink and purple colored powder and it just wasn't as pretty. Removal was easy, just regular polish remover did the job and there was no scrubbing involved.

Lighting: Sunlight

So what do you think? Is this something you'd try? I really like it, it was pretty in person and I like the idea of the endless color combos. I think I'll probably be stopping by Michaels again to pick up a few more colors!
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33 comments:

  1. I would never have thought of that! Great idea xD


    You have to heat it on a high heat to get a molten metal look, it's very cool but once, because the heat has to be so high, I frazzled one of my nails while doing a card making project :/ It went yellow and kinda shrunk back (only the tips thank god)


    So yeah, never try that on your nails lol

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  2. I love the color combination. This is one of the many things I need to add to my list of must tries. Great job!

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  3. This is really pretty! I am not a fan of the flocking powder look but this is really distinguished! Good idea!

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  4. That turned out very cool! Sort of reminds me of floam polishes a bit. How long does this last before you start getting bald spots? A day?

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  5. Nice :) I haven't used embossing powder before but this mani sells the look for sure!

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  6. So cute!!! Love the idea & must try it.

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  7. It reminds me of tutti-frutti sand art that's been all shaken up!! I love it!

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  8. oooh! I like this better than the texture polishes we've been seeing lately. Good idea - and a good way to use those 40% off Michaels coupons that often come in their flyers!

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  9. ValiantlyVarnishedMay 21, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    LOL! I am the same way with the scrapbooking aisle! I am planning a challenge for my blog and literally thought "I need to go to Michael's and check out the scrapbooking section for ideas!" These turned our great. They kind of remind me of a cross between textured polish and the caviar mani.

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  10. I wore it for about a day and a half and it still looked perfect when I removed it!

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  11. that looks really cool! I haven't used embossing powder but may have to try it...

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  12. I am so glad to see that somebody already warned you not to try to hear up the powder on your nails!! Embossing powder is, basically, pulverized plastic and it requires an extremely hot heat source to melt it. The heat tools they sell to do the job put off more heat than your hairdryer set on the highest heat setting and would cause quite a burn.

    As for using the powder over polish as you've done here...I love it!! It's really cute!

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  13. Oh it sure gives a very interesting and unique result! I do love the mixture you did for your nails! It's very beautiful :) Not too sure yet, if I'd give it a try myself. But I just might. Hahaha! Thanks for sharing! ♥

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  14. Haha I laughed so hard at your description of browsing the scrapbook aisle for things to stick on your nails!

    This looks awesome! Kinda like matte glitters. :)

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  15. Sachiko SullivanMay 21, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    O___o mind blown! love it!!!

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  16. This is so cool looking and so perfectly done!

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  17. This looks amazing! I think you now started a frenzy at Michaels!

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  18. This looks really awesome! It's almost like a hybrid between a texture polish, "fish egg" manicure and matte microglitter. Really cool effect and great coverage!

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  19. Ah this looks brilliant!! I like it better than flocking powder :D

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  20. Maybe you could pre-heat it in a sheet, kinda like those nail appliques, and stick it on like that? Hmmm... might have to go to Michael's later lol.

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  21. Rhonda (nailsbeautiqued)May 21, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    I saw this on Youtube, she used white sparkle embossing powder. The white can be used on top of any colored creme polish to make colored sparkle texture polish. Yours turned out beautiful :)

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  22. Have you tried using a polish over it?

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  23. I love this! I'm addicted to this section of the shop in The Range (it's kind of an "everything" shop in the UK) and I've put embossing powder in my basket so many times and then taken it out again thinking it wouldn't work! Next time I'm there, I'll definitely be picking some up!

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  24. omgosh! So pretttty

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  25. That's so pretty! Love!

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  26. it totally looks like a sweet mix of the liquid sand and feather textures! definitely will try!!

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  27. This is very cute. Love it x

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