Cherry Blossom Dreams

Hello and welcome!  This week I finally made a design that I have been dying to try since I first saw it:  cherry blossoms!

So I’ve seen many types of cherry blossom designs on Instagram & Pinterest, but I’ve had this specific inspiration saved for a while now.  I felt like the mani from @kimberleykitty was something that I could recreate (with a stamping plate of course).  My nails aren’t as long as hers, so I cut out the mountains and buildings.  Not to mention, my stamping plate only had the trees, so those would have to been done by hand, which is a no-go from me.

What I Used:

  • Base Coat:  Glisten & Glow – Base Coat
  • 1st Color:  Maniology – Tranceland
  • 2nd Color:  Pure Ice – Scream
  • 3rd Color:  Starrily – Northern Lights
  • 4th Color:  Twinkled T – Vibin’
  • 5th Color:  Glisten & Glow – Your Mountain is Waiting
  • Top Coat:  Essie – Speed Setter Top Coat
  • Cuticula Dole Whip nail tape
  • makeup sponge
  • Uber Chic Welcome Spring stamping plate
  • silicone stamper & scraper
  • lint roller sheet
  • Twinkled T clean up brush, size #2
  • acetone nail polish remover

I started with my usual base coat, and then two coats of Maniology – Tranceland.  It’s a stamping polish, so it didn’t need two coats, but I wanted to make sure it was perfectly even.  Then I surrounded my nails with liquid latex to prepare for the gradient mess that was about to come.  The gradient was simple, just sky blue on bottom with a darker blue up top.  And just two sponges of the gradient made it fully opaque.

 

 

Next I painted on a  layer of the iridescent flakes.  But after looking at the inspiration picture, I felt like my nails were reflective enough.  So I grabbed the sponge and added some more to the tips of my nails.  This made the flakies more concentrated, and actually visible.

 

 

Then, I stamped the tree branches randomly on my nails.  But in order to protect my skin from the black polish, I surrounded my nails with liquid latex again.  And then the blossoms were stamped in pink.  It’s so much easier when you don’t have to do it all by hand.  

 

 

I am just ecstatic with how these turned out!  They are as close to the inspiration picture as I could have hoped.  And even better than anything I was expecting.  It took a while to finish them, but I think it’s totally worth it.

 

 

Hope everyone enjoyed their week!

Update:

This design lasted the whole week perfectly!  There’s just the usual grow out, and wear from life.  But, I’m starting to think there’s a correlation with how much I like a manicure, and how well they turn out at the end of the week.  Even if there is some wear at the tips, I don’t even try to pick at them.  There are always times where my nails chip just from life, but I tend to treat my nails better when I like the design.

 

 

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