Saturday, 12 May 2012

Strippy McStrip Stripe

I seem to be posting later and later every day as this week goes on. I'm so easily distracted, especially when you put me in front of anything with an internet connection! So even when I sit down and fully intend to focus all my attention in to writing a post, it normally ends up taking 3 hours or so to get it done in between all the other interesting things I can find to take up my time. For instance, tonight I opened up blogger and uploaded pictures then proceeded to watch 3 episodes of Fresh Meat before I remembered I had a post waiting to be written! 

Since I first used metal chain in a manicure back in March, I'm always on the lookout for chains that would be suitable for sticking to my nails. I found this one in a charity shop and picked it up for £1. It is really really tiny and absolutely perfect for nail art.The best part is I don't even need pliers to cut it, my nail clippers slice through the metal like it's butter!

This is my first time trying striping tape! I decided to get one from Born Pretty Store to see if we would get along and I'm pleased to report we've become good friends. I've purchased a set of ten rolls from eBay here for an absolute bargain of 99p so prepare for more stripy nails in the future.

A-England Galahad with Striping Tape

A-England Galahad with Striping Tape

I started with two coats of A-England Galahad and waited fro that to dry before applying the striping tape. My main concern with the tape was how I would cut it to the right size so I started with a generous guess, placed it at one side using my Mash Tweezers and slowly smoothed it down towards the other edge. If there  was any excess, I chopped it off using nail clippers before smoothing it down right to the edge.

I applied a clear top coat and placed on the chain while that was still tacky, again using the Mash Tweezers. Finally, I added another top coat just to my ring finger.

A-England Galahad with Striping Tape

A-England Galahad with Striping Tape

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28 comments:

  1. Cool concept...It's so precisely applied, too! I also really like the black and blue combo.

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  2. Very pretty! I heard that the striping tape comes off easily though, so I am super hesitant to try it!

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    1. I have had striping tape come off super easily even under a GEL top coat!! I would recommend two top coats if you try it ;)

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  3. Ooh, pretty! This looks so clean, very sharp!

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  4. LOVE this very much!! gonna try chain nail art too as soon as I get get my hands on one XD

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  5. Ooooh, Kick A** Mani!!! You get so creative with the studs, balls and chains...yes, I know that sounded terrible, lol!!

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  6. looks so pretty! I'm sad that this shop does not ship to other countries in Europe, it's UK only :(

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  7. That looks so much more complicated than it is. I'm impressed all you need is top coat? How long does the mani generally last when you stick things on with top coat?

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  8. Love it, does the chain stick to the nail like a nail sticker. (have voted too loved the design very crisp)

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  9. Full-on swoon! What a gorgeous mani! It's lush and eye-catching but still looks simply classic. Your hands must be so steady to do such a great job keeping the tape (and chain--inspired!) from slanting all over the place.

    Totally crushing on Galahad too--like I needed more a england on my wish list :)

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  10. beautiful!!! now I have to find some chains for my self!!! It looks just to cool!!!

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  11. The chains look so cool! But, I would just pick them off within a day or so...

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  12. That's so cool! But, if I tried chain nail art, I'd just pick the chains right off before long.

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  13. I am glad I am not the only one who gets lost on anything with an internet connection. All to many times have I tried to write a post only to be sidetracked by the blogs that I follow, get inspired, and do another mani. Then when I take the pictures realize, hey, I never posted those ones.

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  14. First time I take a look on your blog and wow you are talented! Beautiful!

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  15. wow, that's really cool!! very chic =)

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  16. Wow love it! It's so cool, I love how you've used the chain.

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  17. Beautiful! I love the contrast between the chain and the stripes. :)

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  18. I really love the length and shape of your nails - that's how I'd like mine :D

    also that polish is gorgeous!

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  19. I noticed that the nail polish bottle has a crown... well yes, this design is a perfect fit for a Royal manicure! Gorgeous!

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  20. Love the chain inbetween the stripes! Looks fantastic, great idea sammy!

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  21. so creative! loving it!

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  22. This looks fab, that chain adds so much fun and texture x :-)

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  23. I got inspired and u can see my result here:
    http://rosesnails.blogspot.fi/2013/01/abcy-niinkuin-you-belong-to-me.html

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