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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!

Pink on Pink

China Glaze "Make an Entrance" and "Passion for Petals"

China Glaze “Make an Entrance” and “Passion for Petals”

Can’t decide which pink to use? Why not both?

I’ve been on such a royal blue kick this entire summer that I wanted to force myself to use some brighter colors. But which to pick? The warmer shade is my favorite, but the more neon shade doesn’t get enough love for me.

Eh, screw it. Stripes again! I love stripes in all aspects of my life. Shortly, I’ll post a picture of my cube decor at work. It’s all texture and patterns and geometry. My coworkers think I’m nuts, but it makes me happy. Same with nail art.

To get the clean stripes I used regular ol’ transparent tape cut into narrow strips, the width I wanted my stripes to be. Love that clean line. Love.

Anyone else think this looks like a t-shirt Old Navy would sell, or is it just me?

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!