When I received my Festive Nailbox my first thought was that the nail polish's we were given are the perfect colours for a candy cane manicure. So with that in mind I began planning out my festive fingers mani, first things first I used 2 coats of China Glaze White on White for my base and then topped that with OPI's Happy Anniversary. This gave the base a lovely silvery glow, I was happy with the effect I got from this polish as it made the background look shiny like a candy cane. Because I wanted my nails to be white and not silver I used the white base instead of just using the OPI on it's own but you can get Happy Anniversary opaque in 3 coats if you wanted to just use that instead.
Next I grabbed my Ejiubas Christmas plate and used the candy cane stripe image, I am very pleased to say that both True Brit London Park Lane and Rimmel Double Decker Red stamp wonderfully. Both are very opaque polishes so I was hoping they would. To do my candy cane stripes I placed a dot of both polishes on each stripe and swiped upwards. Sometimes the colours did bleed into each other so it would take a few times to get it right. I will have a full review of this plate coming up at the beginning of December. It is an excellent plate etched so well and I didn't have any problems picking up the image.
I placed my candy cane stripes on all of my fingers except my ring finger which I wanted to save for a special little decal I was working on. Once my stripes were fully dry I went over all the nails with some HK girl top coat to seal in the design.
Here is the star of the show my little Uber Chic penguin decal, I used my brand new Uber Chic Christmas plate to make my little penguin. First I picked up the image and stamped him onto my Uber Chic mat, then I used True Brit London's Park Lane to colour in his little hat with a dotting tool. For his little beak I used my Born Pretty stamping polish in gold, unfortunately his beak did smudge a bit but for my first try at making a decal I was still really happy with him. For his body I used a larger dotting tool with China Glaze White on White. Once the polish was dry I put a good layer of top coat on top and left him to dry.
Once my little guy was fully dry I used a plastic cuticle pusher to get under the edges and pull him off my mat, I then brushed a small bit of top coat onto my nail and lined my penguin up to where I wanted him. After he was in place I top coated again with HK girl top coat to seal him in and I was all done.
I am really happy with the results, it's so nice to see that all the practising I've been doing is finally starting to pay off. Now that I have had success with my penguin decal I am sure there will be loads more popping up in my future manicures.
I hope you have enjoyed this post, if you got a November Nailbox I would love to see what festive mani's you've came up with. As always I hope you are having a fantastic nail day, if you have any tips for me on making stamping decals I would love for you to leave them in the comments section below. My next post will be my review om Novembers Meebox, hope to see you then.