Happy #manimonday everyone! I was meant to have Weaponson racing on Saturday, but unfortunately, he got scratched after I’d already done my nails, therefore, I’ve still got another set of horse nails for you all to enjoy. So, let’s get into this week’s orange and yellow horse design.
Stamping plate: Lina Nail Art Supplies “All Mixed Up 01”, Clear Jelly Stamper “CJS LC-40 Horsin’ Around” and PICT You “PY-J026”
Stamping polish: Born Pretty “BP-WN04 Pure” and Hit the Bottle “Hello Buttercup“
Base: Sally Hansen “Double Duty Base & Top Coat” and Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear “329 Sun Kissed”
Top coat: Hit The Bottle “Water Tight” Smear Free Topcoat
One thing about going to the races and having a horse race is that it certainly makes me colour choice a lot easier! His silk colours are orange and yellow, which was the starting point of this design. I’m a bit sick of doing a yellow or white base when he races, so I sent Mum out to find a normal orange polish (because I don’t like using my stamping polishes as a base coat). Apparently, this particular shade of orange is quite hard to find, but she got one in the end. I then did my main stamping colour as yellow to reflect the silks but opted for a white quote. This added a touch of interest and makes it stand out.
When it came to the images this week, I also had a fairly good idea of what I wanted to do. I feel like I’ve been using my trusty single horse image a lot later, so I wanted to mix it up with a quote, as they’re one of the few images from my horse plate that will fit on my nail. I really like the bold font of “home is where the horse is” plus it has a direct reference to horses, so I went with that. With no particular outfit in mind when I was doing my nails, I opted for the horse silhouette image just to reinforce the horse design I was going for. Then to bring the gold colour onto my feature nails, I added a gold stripe either side of the quote. I didn’t choose the stripe, as opposed to a wave line for example, for any particular reason other than I thought it would look cool.
In terms of the pickup this week, even I learnt something new! My support worker and I decided to do the horse silhouettes first and then focus on the more detailed feature nail later. I’ve used this image before with no problems but this week the centre image just wasn’t picking up perfectly (and a few other legs were a bit dodgy). As it was just the centre image, I thought it might be a pressure issue, so I tried using the lightest touch possible. I was a bit worried it could be the stamping polish too, as I have had trouble with “Hello Buttercup” in the past, but this was a brand new bottle that I was using. After a few more goes of not 100% perfect pickups, my support worker suggested that I try a different stamper, as I was originally using my older round head stamper. With the new stamping head, it picked up perfectly. The biggest difference was that this head was significantly stickier than the first one I used. It was so sticky that I could feel a slight resistance when picking up the lines (which picked up perfectly!). So, I can confirm that it was the stamper and not the polishes fault. It’s definitely something I’ll keep in mind next time I’m having issues. With the quote, my support worker used the cubed stamper, because it’s easier to see through and line up on my nail. She used a light touch and it picked up perfectly.
Overall, I’m really loving the design! It’s something different and I feel the orange base and yellow stamping go really well together. It was also fun trying out a different design on my feature nail. If you had a straight geometric pattern on your non-feature nails, then this quote design would also look very effective.
Bye for now