Thursday, June 14, 2012

ASBMF Challenge: Day 13 - Newspaper Nails

This is a challenge that I have been looking forward too!  I have been wanting to try the newspaper technique since I first saw it.  But I was a little worried about how it would turn out because some ladies have had trouble getting the newspaper to transfer to their nails.  In the end I just decided to go for it.

First, I applied 2 coats of Zoya Elodie.  I picked this beauty up when Zoya was having it's free polish promo in April.  In the bottle Elodie is a gorgeous coral cream.  However, once on my nails it seemed to take on an orange tone.  It is also a nice bright polish, perfect for summer.  For some reason I had bubbles develop, which was kind of annoying.  Also, it wasn't as opaque as Zoya claims.  I still had VNL after 2 coats.

Natural lighting, however, it was difficult to capture the brightness and true tone with my camera.

Next, I added my newsprint.  I read that it works better if you use a current paper, maybe because the print (ink) is fresh.  I cut out my squares, soaked them in 91% Isopropyl Alcohol and placed them one at a time on my nails.  The transfer was amazing! In fact it transferred quite quickly and the ink was nice and dark!

I didn't want to do a plain newspaper transfer, but something different.  My goal was to create an antique finish with some scroll work.  I did want to try a frame but that didn't turn out the way I wanted. 
For the scroll work I used BM02 and Zoya Zuza and Carly.  I liked the idea of having a bit of shimmer to the scroll.

I added 2 coats of HK Girl to smooth and seal.  HK Girl is proving to be a great top coat.  It dries fast, adds shine and does not shrink.  There is so much shine that I actually had trouble getting a good picture.  The shine got in the way! :)

The following pictures were taken indoors in natural light.  I love how the lighting turned out in the first picture.  It really added dimension to the design.

And this is my failed frame.  I used Zoya Wednesday and a striping brush.  It just wasn't what I wanted.

I really like the "antique" look of this design.  I was worried about the orange-y look of Elodie, but I think it adds something different to the design. 

I only have one more challenge left in this series.  It's a design of my choice and I'm having a tough time deciding what to do???? Any suggestions?


  1. I love the idea of the scroll! you've been doing some great stamping lately!

  2. can you make your watermark smaller/less opaque? it makes it hard to see the details. thanks.

    1. My watermark is like that because I have had photos stolen and the watermark removed. Having it this way makes it harder to remove from the picture. So yes I does cover up some of the design but it lessen the chance of someone stealing my pictures again.

  3. First of all: Shame on people who steal other people's pictures!
    Second: I like this! I especially like that you chose and orang-y colour as a base instead of plain grey. Cool!

  4. Love this :) it's soo different and I love that you stamped over it too. I's still to try news paper nails.

  5. love the color you chose with the newsprint!
    great look!

  6. Very nice! I must get some stamps!

  7. Wow your newspaper nails showed up so well!!

  8. I don't like border nails, so I like the first mani better! ;)
    The first is beautiful!

  9. This is so pretty. You took newspaper nails to a whole new, and gorgeous, place!


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