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Birds in a Tree | Twinsie Tuesday

Birds is the theme for the Twinsie Tuesday prompt today. I’ve put some birds in a tree, after I saw this manicure by Wacky Lacki where she used the same Fake Tattoos of birds that I was planning to use.

For the background, there was nothing better to start off with than Barry M Sky Blue for the sky. Then I stamped on some clouds using an image from my MoYou Nails Pro Board VII plate.

Birds in a tree
Birds in a tree

I used the tree from Born Pretty Store BP-L015 on my middle fingernail and then used parts of the same image on the nails next to it to give the impression of branches spreading outwards.

For the tree stamping, I used Barry M Cocoa and as it’s not a proper stamping polish, you could see the clouds through it. So I went over it a bit with a cut down detailing brush and some more Barry M Cocoa. I just painted roughly, so that it looked a bit like bark.

Birds in a tree
Birds in a tree

Finally, I added in my birds, using Fake Tattoos, which are effectively water decals. And I added one coming in to land on my little finger nail.

My scene looks very wintry and bare, and I toyed with adding in some green leaves, but wasn’t sure my freehand was up to it. I didn’t want to ruin what I already had, so I called it quits and stuck with it as it was.

 

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Please take a look at all the other manicures from the Twinsies this week:

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Sky Blue
  • Clouds: stamped using Essence Stamp Me! White and MoYou Nails Pro Board VII
  • Tree: stamped using Barry M Cocoa and Born Pretty Store BP-L015
  • Birds: Fake Tattoos (water decals)
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Fake Tattoos used for this manicure were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Aquarium manicure using Fake Tattoos

I was wearing Pacific, which is the blue-green ducochrome from the new Barry M Aquarium collection, and I was all ready to test out some nail tattoos that I had been sent by Fake Tattoos.

I received two packs of tattoos, with various designs on them, including birds, fish, anchors, ice-creams, palm trees and boats. I thought about doing a sailor-inspired manicure, with some navy stripes and using the anchors, but the blue-green colour of the polish I was already wearing, plus the name “aquarium”, led me instead to the little fish.

I guess these tattoos are like decals, but I’ve not used decals before, so I can’t say for sure. They were very simple to use. You just cut the image out, remove the plastic covering and then use some wet paper to press the tattoo onto the nail. I used some wet kitchen roll and it was only about 20-30 seconds before I could feel that I was able to slide the  paper off, leaving the tattoo on the nail.

They were really easy to use – and a lot faster and less messy than stamping!

I added a coat of Sinful Colors Nail Junkie to my other nails to complete the aquarium effect with some sparkle.

Fish nail tattoos Barry M Pacific
Fish nail tattoos from Fake Tattoos over Barry M Pacific, with Sinful Colors Nail Junkie glitter nails

These are the packs I received, and there are other designs too on the Fake Tattoos website.

Nail tattoos from Fake Tattoos
Nail tattoos from Fake Tattoos

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Barry M Pacific
  • Fish: nail tattoos from Fake Tattoos
  • Glitter: one coat of Sinful Colors Nail Junkie
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The nail tattoos shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

DIY transfer nails using a laser printer

Inspired by newspaper nails and map nails, I thought I’d try to see if I could make my own transfers (or decals or tattoos or whatever they are called). To my great surprise, it was a real success.

This is a manicure in honour of one of my clients, whom I’m meeting with tomorrow. (Hope they like it!) I printed the logos out on my laser printer, making sure I had reversed them first.

Then I cut out the transfers and painted my nails with the orange and white base colours. I used three coats of Barry M Matt White and a coat of Seche Vite; or two coats of Barry M Mango and a coat of Seche Vite.

Once my nails were dry, I dipped the nail in vodka for 5 seconds, then quickly dipped the cut out transfer also. I placed it onto the nail, and without moving it, held it in place for 30 seconds.  I removed the paper using tweezers. Sometimes a little paper was left and so I just used a cotton pad soaked in vodka (what a waste) and lightly rubbed it off.

The good thing was that I found I could remedy a mistake. On my right hand, I placed the icon a bit off centre, but quickly rubbed at it with some vodka and it easily came off.

Finally, I top coated the transfer nails with a (new to me) top coat, Essie Good To Go. It made the colour bleed a little – and I’m not sure how any other top coat would have fared.

The little finger has the company’s icon on it, but it’s sideways, so it may not be obvious. It’s a director’s chair, as the company is all about providing in-flight movies and entertainment.

DIY homemade transfer nail decals laser printer
DIY nail transfers/decals/tattoos using a laser printer. Nail polish used is Barry M Matt White and Barry M Mango

 

I can’t wait to try this out with more complicated images. I searched to see if anyone else had done this yet – but couldn’t find anything (do let me know if I’m wrong). I’m loving this new technique.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Barry M Mango or three coats of Barry M Matt White
  • Intermediate top coat: Seche Vite
  • Transfers: DIY decals/tracsfers/tattoos printed in reverse with a laser printer, then applied using vodka
  • Final top coat: Essie Good To Go

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