Monday, February 10, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen DOES Vintage, Day 1: Circus Nail Art!

Good afternoon, readers! This month's Digit-al Dozen theme is Vintage! I'm having a hard time with the theme and just figured out what to do for this mani a couple of hours ago. I hope I come up with some other good ideas for the rest of the week because I LOVE THESE. I will be sad to take them off for tomorrow.

I was looking for something fun and vintage and it hit me that there are tons of vintage circus themed things like kids birthday parties, scrapbooks, etc. That's what these are inspired by! Classic patterns in primary colors, with a bit of a distressed effect from age like those old circus posters look like after all of this time.

  • First, I did a base of Milani Almond Bliss. Once a coat of Seche Vite was dry over that, I applied striping tape to my thumb, ring, and pinky nails. 
  • I used a porous sponge and dabbed on some Nicole by OPI American As Apple Pie. I sponged to create the distressed vintage look.
  • For my index and middle fingers, I sponged on OPI Can't Find My Czechbook for the same distressed look.
  • I used a large dotting tool and Milani Almond Bliss to add some polka dots.
  • The seal was free handed with Sinful Colors Cool Gray, Sinful Colors Black on Black, and Nicole by OPI American As Apple Pie.
  • Everything got a coat of Seche Vite to seal it in.
What do you think? I had other pictures but the shine was covering the seal so I'm only showing this one. Thanks so much for reading! Come back tomorrow to see what else I've come up with for Digit-al Dozen Vintage Week!



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23 comments:

  1. This looks great! I love the distressed effect and the seal is so cute!

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  2. Love this! Definitely nailed the vintage vibe.

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  3. So in love with these! I would never want to take this mani off, at least not until it chipped.

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  4. OMG this is just too cute! The seal is beyond adorable!

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  5. These are adorable, I love your little seal. But the distressed lines are REALLY doing it for me. I love love love them and may steal them at some point in future (with credit). ;)

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  6. I ADORE these!!! I need to get my hands on a porous sponge immediately. Would a kitchen sponge work?!

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  7. Fantastic! Love the technique on the stripes!

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  8. I have no idea how you can bear to take manis like this off! so creative and perfectly executed!

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  9. Adorable, the stripes look awesome. Gotta try this technique as well! Thank you for such flawless inspirations!
    Have a great week dear!
    GioNails | Facebook::Gio_Nails

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  10. This is the cutest mani of the day, oh my, I squealed when I saw it! I would NEVER take it off!

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  11. I love the distressed look, it's so gorgeous, fantastic job! <3

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  12. How cute! I love the vintage, worn feel to the stripes! Brilliant! :)

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  13. I love nail art that has either a distressed or grunge look to it.

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