13 March 2013

March Polish Days: Vintage!

Hullo there! Time for another episode of Polish Days! This month's theme is Vintage:

Maybe you’re one of those annoyingly lucky people who own some heavenly vintage polishes that you want to crack open (not literally) and make the rest of us jealous, or maybe you too have a soft spot for doilies. Perhaps you’re inspired by a particular decade or trend. As long as there’s some connection to the past it’ll fit right in with this months theme!

As soon as I saw this prompt, I knew just what I wanted to do...

ah, how romantic.

I know this idea isn't entirely original, but it came to mind as soon as I saw the text image on the latest set of Bundle Monster plates. I was disappointed (though not surprised) to see a few girls do nearly identical designs with it earlier in the year, and never made it myself. But I decided that, with apologies to them, it was just perfect for this theme and I was dying to wear this look! So after lots of mental debating, I went for it, and am really happy I did. :)

The base polish is everyone's favourite off-white polish, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. I then used yellow and brown polishes, some acetone, and a small brush to make a muddy, thin wash, which I dabbed around the edges to give it that old-paper look. Next, I stamped the love-text image from the aforementioned Bundle Monster plate BM-311 with Wet N' Wild Black Creme. I intentionally made this a bit messy and not-fully-transferred in some places, again to give the aged and weathered look. Then, I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri #220 Flashy Fuchsia (fuchsia, duh) and Revlon #571 Posh (green) to stamp the rose from Mash plate #36 onto the thumbs and ring fingers, and sealed it in with Seche Vite to protect the stamping. Finally, a coat of Hard Candy Matte-ly In Love topcoat to further enhance the "paper" look.

Here's a photo before the last step, so you can see it shiny. Not much different, but...

Still nice, I think. It feels so classy.

I hope you enjoyed my take on the "vintage" theme. Keep reading below the jump to see the other ladies' (and maybe even a gentleman or two's) entries!


  1. We used the same image stamp! Very lovely mani. I love the technique, though I have not tried it myself. " )

    1. I saw that! :D great minds think alike! And thanks :)

  2. Gorgeous! I love the background effect. :)

    1. Thank you! I was happy that it came out pretty much the way I'd imagined it :)

  3. wow! I just love the final result! It's awesome!♥♥♥

  4. This is soooooo beautiful! I wouldn't want to take it off! :)

    Aysh xox

  5. I love these nails :) this writing is so incredible :)


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