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Baroque Stamping

I lifted this design off a wedding invitation I received a few years back and have admired ever since. The design is a lovely baroque filigree stamp from the MASH bundle available on Amazon. And, yes, it’s the same one featured in my “stamps” post from a few days ago. Did I mention it was my favorite? It’s my favorite.

The black is plain ol’ transparent tape, painted black with polish and cut into strips. I just stuck ’em on top after I did my Seche Vite, then sealed them with a super-shine Sally Hansen topcoat (there are a few different ones… they all work the same as far as I can tell). This manicure lasted a week, even with the rhinestones, before I had a single chip. I highly recommend this DIY striping tape. You can cut any shape you want, not just stripes. Give it a go!

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A Foray Into Striping Tape

Sephora by OPI "Read My Palm"

Sephora by OPI “Read My Palm”

Striping tape has long been a point of contention with me. While countless others have had success, I found nothing but frustration. However, when experimenting with an Independence Day manicure (whose picture I seem to have misplaced…) I learned that I had white striping tape. So, instead of using the tape to mask stripes, I decided to leave it on. Y’know… kinda how it was maybe meant to be used. Or something.

It worked brilliantly. And, thus, a new love was born. Add in my typical floral and a rhinestone for the hell of it, and I had one rockin’ mani. Striping tape, we are finally friends.

Bonus: If you look closely, my middle finger is a sausage in this picture. See how it looks bent? It’s not. It’s flat. This was taken a day or two after injuring my finger when a dog, whom I was not notified was dog-aggressive, bolted before I had securely grabbed his leash. The leash wrapped around my finger, and… well, I’m probably lucky it didn’t break or worse. Yay sausage finger!

I took this picture with a potato.

Victoriana Lace I wanted to post this even though I realized long after I had removed the mani that the pictures I had taken were all blurry. As a photographer, I am embarrassed to admit this was taken with a DSLR and not, say, a rotten cucumber. Or even a cell phone. My commitment for this blog is to start posting higher-quality pictures. That way, if someone wants to share them, I don’t have to be embarrassed about taking pictures with an old sneaker.

But! It was my first successful venture into the lacey-edged designs I’ve been coveting throughout lacquerista-land for some time. The polish is Butter London Victoriana, even though the color is weird in this photo to say the very least. Let’s just focus on the lace, shall we?

I love how the index and pinky nails look like garters. I have a feeling I will be redoing that part as a mani of its own soon. Quick, easy, and darling.