Don't get me wrong, I love winter.  On foggy, dark, drippy days like this, though, I start to get impatient for green growing  things and sunshine and temperatures over 50 degrees. 
To combat the effects of the weather, I did a manicure with Claire's Mood polish in Happy/Earthy, the obnoxious neon green/neon yellow combo, and added some leafy stamping.  I like this combo pretty well... although I think I'd like a darker/more opaque green for the stamping.  I was using a shimmery jelly, which was (obviously!) not ideal.
Sadly, this manicure only lasted a couple days before being destroyed by painting and yard work and other such fun things.  I'm definitely going to try this again as the weather gets warmer, hopefully with a better polish for stamping the leaves on.  I like that they kind of disappear into the green tips, but I don't like that they're barely visible on the yellow either.
Materials:
  • Sinful Colors basecoat
  • Claire's Mood Polish "Happy/Earthy"
  • Sinful Colors San Francisco ($1.99 @ Walgreens.  This color is big fun... it's squishy forest green jelly with green microglitter.  I'll use it as a base color eventually.)
  • Seche Vite topcoat
  • Bundle Monster Image Plate BM19
  • Konad stamper
  • Cotton balls, Q-Tip, acetone, wooden clothespin, paper towels, old gift card/other scraper (not pictured)

(This color does strange things under different lighting.  This is in my compact fluorescent-lit "light box" that I photograph my materials in.  I wanted to show you the temperature color change.  It's not really that color, at all.  It's a dark neon green, like it was the last time I used it.  If you're under halogen lighting, it looks almost olive.  Funky color.)
Method:


  • Start with clean, dry nails & a well-ventilated space.
  • Put on your basecoat, let dry.
  • Paint all nails with Happy/Earthy.  You're gonna need a good 4 or so coats for opacity.  Alternatively, I suppose you could later it over an opaque white polish, but that seems too easy.  Let it dry completely so you can stamp without smudging.  This won't take too long since Happy/Earthy has a matte/neon finish and therefore dries rather speedily.
  • Stamp all nails with the leaf pattern from M19 using San Francisco.  I had decent luck stamping side-by-side on the thumb... be careful not to overlap the stamps too much, though, or it will look oddly dark.  (I'll have a stamping tricks post up very soon, I will, I swear!)
  • Top everything with a coat of Seche Vite or your favorite quick-dry topcoat.
  • Wrap your hands around a mug of hot cocoa and wait for spring.