Hello dear readers,
I know it’s been a while since I posted but I’m back to show some beautiful stamped nail designs with foiled accents. I’ve done a light set and a dark set. This post will feature the light set, the dark set will be in the Part 2 post. Video demo for this set is below.
All products used are linked at the end of the post.
For these nails, I used Moyra stamping plates Art Nouveau, Lacelove and Florality 2…if you don’t own any Moyra plates I can certainly recommend them, her designs are some of the most beautiful I’ve seen, lots of gorgeous fine-lined designs…there are so many artistic possibilities with her plates it’s hard to know to where to start! I also used Moyra’s black foiling gel and Magic Foil in Gold. In my opinion, Moyra’s foil is the best I’ve tried so far…ultra thin, it releases effortlessly from the backing…it’s almost like gold leaf rather than the typical foil. The foil gel cures very sticky with a 60-90 second cure in my Gelish 18G LED lamp. You may have to adjust times depending on your lamp.
So, I started by custom blending the base color, I used LeChat Utaupia and First Gel Titanium White to make a slightly lighter taupe color and applied 2 thin coats and cured. I then applied a coat of Luxa Matte gel top coat and cured 60 seconds.
Now I’m ready to stamp…I use Moyra’s Art Nouveau plate and stamped the entire nail with Sally Hansen Insta Dri in Slick Slate. I then took my ELF concealer brush and some acetone and removed a part of the stamp in an ‘S’ shape.
Using Moyra Foil Gel in black, I painted a random circle design in the area I cleaned away and then cured for 90 seconds in my LED lamp. I let the design cool down after curing, about 1 minute, to help with the stickiness.
I cut off a small piece of foil, hold it taut between my fingers and then lightly press into the gel. Be sure to move the foil around to unused areas to completely cover the black. If some foil should transfer to an area you don’t want, you can easily wipe it away using the ELF brush and some acetone. To protect the foil, you can apply some no-wipe top gel with a fine brush to just the foiled areas (or the entire nail if you don’t like the matte look) or you can apply matte gel top to the entire nail, this will give the foil a slightly antiqued look, still very pretty though. I show a couple of samples of the matted foil at the end of my video demo.
For the second design, I used Moyra’s Lacelove and Florality 2 plate. I started by stamping the net design from the Lacelove plate with China Glaze Passion, a nice gold lacquer, and topped that with a coat of Luxa Matte.
Then I used a flower image from Florality 2 and stamped over the net design, I removed any unwanted bits of the image with the ELF brush and some acetone and then topped with a coat of Luxa Matte.
Using the Moyra Foil Gel in black, I simply traced over the stamped outlines. I kept the lines thin, putting a little of the gel on a palette and drawing your brush through it will help keep your brush from loading with too much gel. You do not need to use a lot of the gel, thin lines transfer the foil quite nicely. Once done tracing, I cured for 90 seconds and cooled for 1 minute and then I applied the foil.
I decided to make the flower have a 3D effect so I applied Moyra’s Clear foil gel (you can use any thicker builder gel) with a small art brush into the petals. I made sure not to go outside the foiled lines, just carefully moved the gel around with the tip of the brush to cover the inside of the petal. I flash cured each petal to avoid any spreading and once all petals were filled I did a full cure. I then topped the clear with some no-wipe top gel to retain the glassy finish.
Of course I had to add a little bling, so using the no wipe top coat and a small art brush I applied small dots to where I wanted the gems. Using my Crystal Katana, I placed the Swarovski SS5 Chrysolite Opals and SS3 Crystal AB stones into the gel and then cured. And there you have the completed designs! I hope you like them and give it try! Stay tuned for Part 2!
Products used linked below.
Moyra stamping plates, Gold Magic foil, black foil gel: US Distributor: (just message Traci on FB with the items you wish to purchase and she will send you a PayPal invoice)
Moyra UK distributor:
First Gel gel paints: Titanuim White: http://www.firstgel.de/shop/farbgel-one-stroke/titanium-white.html
Creative Shop Stamper: http://amzn.to/2keSkb7
LeChat Utaupia gel polish: http://amzn.to/2kRUbow
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Slick Slate: http://amzn.to/2lA9W3b
China Glaze Passion: http://amzn.to/2kS16Ox
Luxa Matte gel topcoat:
Crystal Nails #0 Long art brush: http://www.crystalnails.com/webshop/nailart-brushes/Gel/Acryl-Art-Brushes-520
Akzentz Shine On no-wipe topcoat:
Crystal Katana: http://amzn.to/2kRJ92q
ELF Concealer Brush: http://amzn.to/2kRWyrq