Monday, February 11, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Love & Heartbreak Week day 1 - stained glass hearts

Hey loves! It's that time of the month again... Digit-al Dozen theme week! This week's theme is (of course) Love & Heartbreak. I like painting hearts on my nails almost as much as geometric patterns so expect mostly "love" and not so much "heartbreak" this week haha.

The nails I did for today are an idea that I had a while ago and filed away for later and now I'm glad I saved it: stained glass hearts!

Dressed Up Nails - stained glass heart nail art

When I originally had the idea for these I pictured the hearts being all one color with a stained glass background of a different color, but when I was thinking about them today I decided that I wanted to leave the background plain to make the hearts stand out more. I thought it would look a little boring to leave the hearts all one color with a plain background so I did four colors!

Dressed Up Nails - stained glass heart nail art

I started with a base of Revlon Bare Bones, and I have to tell you guys... I went through a big nude polish phase so I own a lot of nudes but something about this one makes me reach for it all the time! I love it so much.

After my base color was down I used a small detailing brush to quickly freehand the outline of the hearts and the shapes inside with American Apparel Hassid, which is definitely my new favorite black polish. The hearts and lines at this point were messy because I knew I'd be going over them again.

Dressed Up Nails - stained glass heart nail art

Then, one by one, I filled in the colors inside each heart. I put down a drop of the color and filled in a few shapes, then added some white and filled in a few more, then some more white and some more filling, then a little more white and a little more filling (this was way less time-consuming and annoying than it sounds haha). The colors I used were Sephora by OPI Domestic Goddess (purple), China Glaze Four Leaf Clover (bright blue-green but it's showing up more aqua in these pictures for some reason), Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Fuchsia Power, and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue. This step was really messy too, I just sort of blobbed the colors in the general area and then moved on.

After all the colors were filled in, I went back in with my little detailing brush and painted the black outlines again so they would be all neat and clean. This part was the reason I was able to be so messy on the first two parts haha.

Dressed Up Nails - stained glass heart nail art

I thought that these would take a pretty long time but then when I sat down to do them I decided that I would try to work faster than usual - I'm such a perfectionist that doing my nails usually takes FOREVER and I want to get better at doing them faster! I timed myself and both hands, including basecoat/base color/topcoat/cleanup, only took 1.5 hours. Not bad!

I am sooooo happy with the way these turned out and I'm glad I already have a few manicures ready to go for this week because I want to wear these for more than a day. I love them! They're definitely very "me" haha. What do you guys think? Do you like them as much as I do?

Don't forget to stop by and see what the other ladies have for the first day of Love & Heartbreak week!


30 comments:

  1. I love love love these! They're super beautiful

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  2. So pretty - the hard work on the design realy pays off :) *in love*

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  3. I love them!! So perfect. Stained glass nails are fun!

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  4. Stunning! These are just beautiful and so neat X

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  5. What a great take on stained glass nails - awesome job :)

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  6. Doesn't get better than this! :)

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  7. This is so original and super cute! I love it :D

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  8. I need to get my hands on Hassid! This is gorgeous- as usual!

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  9. This is one of the most original and beautiful manicures I have seen for Valentines. Wow! Great job and inspiration.

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  11. I am in love with this. I am pinning this for inspiration later!

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  12. I'm absolutely in love with this manicure. So creative and amazingly done!

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  13. I love these! They're so perfect!!

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  14. wow these are stunning!!! I absolutely adore the idea of stained glass hearts :)

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  15. Just a second, let me pick my jaw up off the floor. Gorgeous!

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  16. Love that base! Wish id read this before i went to target today.

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  17. Keep seeing this on pinterest and love it more and more each time.

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  18. This looks amazing! I'm in love with this!!

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  19. i've decided i love the green and blue hearts the most!

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  20. I did not want to totally copy you but that is what happened!! Great idea, I mentioned you in my blog - you are amazing!!! http://glam-madam.blogspot.co.nz/2013/02/stained-valentines-for-vday-2013.html

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  21. http://littlelauraloves.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/i-you-i-was-inspired-to-do-this-design.html

    I loved this design so much I had to have a go, hope you like it xx

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  22. Wow, these are absolutely gorgeous :D

    http://www.trinemarie.com/

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  23. Wow!!, is amazing!
    Whit your permission, I'd like to do it for my blog (Entre estética y cosmética). I will publish it next week.

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    xoxo

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  24. Hi! :-) Your design inspired me, so I "copied" you, giving you the credits of course :-) If you have some free time, take a look on my blog, the post's name is St. Valentine's Day manicure: mosaic textured heart :-)

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