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!
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.