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Sunset (Family) Tree | Twinsie Tuesday

This sunset tree manicure is the first I’ve done for a new challenge group I am involved with. I am delighted to have been selected to join the Twinsie Tuesday group. It’s a group that’s been going for about as long as I have been blogging, perhaps longer, and I was already following most of the participants.

This first prompt that I’m doing is hobbies or interests, excluding polish. Painting my nails is undoubtedly my favourite hobby, and the one that I devote the most of my spare time to. But I also love going to the theatre to watch Shakespeare, and my other main interest is genealogy.

I dip in and out of genealogy, depending on how much work I have on usually. But I’ve been able to trace some of my lines back to the mid 1600s, and some of my husband’s to the 1500s. So these nails are a homage to genealogy, a family tree – of sorts.

Gradient sunset tree nails
Gradient sunset tree nails

I started with a gradient of Nella Milano polishes: Periwinkle Pucker (blue), Lemon Sherbet (yellow), Chilli Blaze (orange) and Evergreen (green). Most sunset gradients I see are tropical, with lovely pinks and oranges and purples. This one is a little more British, and was inspired by nails done by Nail Art Stamping Mania. I had already decided on the image to use – from Born Pretty Store plate BP-L015 – and was curious to see how others had used it. I came across her manicure and decided to copy her sunset background!

Gradient sunset tree nails
Gradient sunset tree nails

Rather than have all my nails look identical though, I tried to make it look like one large tree, repeating the image on my middle two nails, then using part of the image to create smaller branches on the outer nails.

I stamped the tree image using Barry M Cocoa.


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


For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient: Nella Milano Periwinkle Pucker, Nella Milano Lemon Sherbet, Nella Milano Chilli Blaze and Nella Milano Evergreen
  • Gradient top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Cocoa
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-L015
  • Final top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
All Nella Milano polishes and the Born Pretty Store stamping plate used for this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.







What a surprising hobby!

Claire Kerr

It quickly becomes quite addictive – you want to know more about each new person that you discover.


This is seriously glorious. I love that you used genealogy as your inspiration!

Lisa N.

These nails are absolutely stunning and your hobby is so interesting too.

Stephanie (Lovestruck Lacquer)

I like how you made a family tree to represent genealogy 🙂 the gradient is really nice too! Yeah I don’t like it when my nails are all identical either I try to rotate my stamp image or use different areas too


Wow, this is probably my favourite of your manicures! I love the tree theme.


These are beautiful! The gradient looks awesome!


Your tree looks so fantastic! And I love the gradient you put it over!!

Sharon (BehindGreenEyes)

Claire this is just stunning. I adore the background and the tree – your stamping is just perfection. Gorgeous mani and a brilliant hobby!


I absolutely love everything about this mani! And the gradient background is the icing on the cake. It’s stunning!

That’s awesome that you’ve been able to trace your family so far back! I’ve dabbled on but I haven’t been able to find anyone born past the 1850s which I’m guessing is due to slavery.