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Hello! It’s been a while since I started a post with anything other than dismal, exhausted thoughts running through my mind. We’ve had a wonderful week: Baby ACD is on the mend, she went to daycare this week and is starting to adjust; I got a ton of work done on my dissertation revisions, as well as some housework; we cooked a large amount and have food in the fridge and are on top of our grocery-shopping; and, I even slept last night!!! Life hasn’t been this good in a few weeks! Oh, and I did not one, not two, but three manicures this week!

This one I’m sharing today is for the Creative Shop prompt of “magic creatures”. With all the Game of Thrones manicures making the rounds, dragons have been on my mind and, more importantly, let’s face it: dragons are some of the coolest creatures that ever did not exist!

On my thumb and index finger, I am wearing two coats of a Masura magnetic polish called Jade Dragon (you guessed it: this was chosen simply based on its name), a rich green polish with gold-green and turquoise-lilac shifting flakies. I magnetized the second coat using two ring magnets joined together and I love the resulting effect. On my pinky finger, I applied two coats of Zoya Pixie Dust Levi, a gorgeous texture polish.

For the middle and ring fingers, I reverse-stamped images from Creative Shop plate-47 using gold polish (Maybelline Bold Gold). I filled in the images using Masura Jade Dragon and Unicorn’s Golden Horn for some extra magic. For the image of the scales, I only filled in a couple of scales because I wanted the base to show through. On my ring finger, I applied two coats of ILNP’s flakie topper, Gaia, a gorgeous ultrachrome topper that shifts bright green-teal-blue, and then reverse-stamped the scale pattern over this. I stamped the image of the dragon’s head over a bare (base-coated) nail.

I didn’t like how the dragon’s head seemed to have no definition after reverse-stamping, so I stamped the same image over the nail using Moyra black stamping polish.

I absolutely love how this one came out! I did not want to take it off, but I lost a piece in the shower and didn’t want to redo it. This is one of the annoyances of using peel-off base coat, but I do like the ease of removal.

Brief note here: If you own any of these stamping plates, you will know how large some of the images are. The dragon image is huge! I have been sporting short nails ever since Baby ACD was born and images like this definitely don’t fit on my nail. I have been shrinking images on the stamper for a lot of these manis, this one included. It’s really not too difficult once you get the hang of it. Because I double-stamped the dragon’s head in this mani, I was nervous about whether the two would shrink in a similar fashion and I found that they were almost the exact same size. I even had to redo the black outline once and it came out the same size the second time around. I don’t think it was coincidental; it probably has to do with how each person tends to go about it, how much pressure they put on the stamper, how the stretched stamper fits into one’s hand, etc. If you’re interested in learning how to shrink images, this a good tutorial, as is this.

Phew, this was a long post! As I said, I did a few manis this week, so watch out for my next post, coming soon. Have a lovely weekend! Oh, and it’s supposed to snow here tomorrow… 😆🙄😜

2 thoughts on “Draconem

  1. Sleep, groceries, happy baby, manicures, a dissertation?! You really do have it goin’ on right now – best run with it; the universe has a way of miring you in nightmares of your own making (thinking of our renos here) if you slow down too long. I can barely manage to brush my teeth in the morning these days.
    As you know, I LOVE these nails – so beautiful! But back when I used to try my (very poor) hand at stamping, I always ran into the too-much-stamp/too-little-nail problem – some of those designs really need to be spread across some talons.

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    1. Yes! If there’s one thing the last year has taught us, it is carpe diem! Now that your renos are over, you can go back to living the dream 😀

      Try shrinking if you ever go back to stamping! It’s awesome! I won the giveaway for this design; yay for the benevolent random number generator!


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