Oh, hello there!  You must be here because you think this is a nail art blog.  Well, it is, actually.  Life has been happening this past week, and I've worn unadorned purple nail polish since Monday, so not only have I had no time to post, but I have also had nothing to post about.  ANYWAY.  I am getting back on the bandwagon, and starting by sharing a manicure I did a while ago.
I did these nails for a nail art contest from thatsSOfresh.  She challenged us to look through our image plate collections and find one of those misfit images that just seemed ridiculous or unusable.  I immediately thought of the Space Needle-esque image on Bundle Monster image plate BM15.  To "make it work", I paired it with the comparably odd gear-flower-things from BM03 for an attempt at a steampunk-y nail look.  You can see all the entries (&the winner!) here. I didn't win, or come close, but it sure was a fun contest to participate in!
And, as always, I've got the materials & methods if you want to try it out yourself!

  • Sinful Colors Basecoat
  • Jesse's Girl "Blackout" (or a black creme polish.)
  • No Miss "Gold Coast Gold" (metallic gold)
  • ORLY "Glitz and Glamour" (gold foil-y)
  • Confetti "Silver Slippers" (Darker silver)
  • Sally Hansen Insta-dri "Silver Sweep" (white-silver)
  • Essence "Just in Case" (Bronze/copper-y)
  • Seche Vite topcoat
  • Bundle Monster image plates BM03 and BM15, stamper, scraper, and other stamping necessities
  • Small corner of a sponge & toothpick/pencil/dotting tool (not pictured)

  • Start with clean, dry nails and a well-ventilated space.
  • Prep all nails with a layer of basecoat, let dry.
  • Paint all nails black.  I used two coats of Blackout.
  • Lightly sponge the tips with Glitz and Glamour, making a slight gradient.  This will provide more depth to the background of the gear design.
  • Stamp all nails with the Space Needle image from BM15 and Just In Case.  I started thinking I would stamp randomly, but ended up choosing a consistent angle for everything but my thumbs and that middle finger in the picture.
  • Add some gears from BM03, still using Just In Case, near the top of your gradient.
  • Switch to Silver Slippers, and add some more gears further toward the tips of your nails.  I also added an extra gear up in the dark space at the top since I thought it looked too empty.
  • Switch to Silver Sweep and add the final foreground layer of gears at the very tip of the nail.  It doesn't matter if only part of the image actually makes it on to your nails.
  • Tie the colors together by adding some final dots (rivets!) with Gold Coast Gold.
  • Top everything with a smooth coat of Seche Vite.
  • Whew!  You're done!  This is the most colors I've ever used in a manicure, but I didn't find it overly time consuming.  What do you think of the finished product?