The background is made by weaving together a selection of japanese paper. This was quite tricky as when it came to sticking the weaved paper to the card it would easily come appart. In the end used double sided tape to secure the ends of the vertical strips. It was still quite fiddly getting the rest stuck in place. The numbers are stamped and mounted onto plain card to make them stand out.
Archive for May, 2013
This time I used a matt white polish as the base. This was a lot easier to draw onto and the Sharpie ink dried faster on it too. For the black petals I used an ultra fine tip black Sharpie. The centers were done with a dot using a fine tip Sharpies. I then used a good quality clear varnish over the top to finish and add the shine back.
Oh and just for fun, here’s me in a hat showing off my nails. Experimenting with some photo editing software :)
Continuing on my Sharpie nail art adventure I bought a set of metallic sharpies to try on my fingernails. Being metallic they came out rather more goopy than your traditional Sharpie ink. Which ended up in a bit more smudging once the top coat of nail varnish went on. On the plus side you can use them to draw onto any colour surface so they show up really well on a black base coat.
I used to paint my nails a lot using very fine paint brushes and nail polish. (I will hopefully post some of those designs soon) However I recently discovered that you can draw on your fingernails with Sharpies. Fantastic. So this is my first attempt.
The simple way to do it is apply a base coat of varnish (I just used clear), then draw on the design with a sharpie pen and finally do a top coat of clear. One thing I quickly discovered after doing a tester nail is that you need good quality clear varnish. Your design will only last as long as your base and top coat. I used a clear polish from a french manicure set. Also and you need to make sure each layer, including the pen ink, dries before doing the next to avoid smudging. One top tip I discovered from this site (YouPutItOn) was to use hairspray after the sharpie layer to stop it from smudging. It worked really well but again you need to wait for it to dry before applying the final top coat.
I think in terms of getting intricate designs sharpie nail art is great, but the time you save there is possibly lost waiting for each layer to dry. I find when using nail varnish you can actually apply a new layer before the previous one is completely dry. Also getting sharpie off your skin when you make a mistake is a little more tricky then removing varnish but it does come off with a good rub of nail varnish remover.
Anyway I’ll definitely be doing this again. Sharpie nail art ♥
A couple of children’s birthday cards I made last year. I made these using some japanese paper and yellow foam to get some relief on the cakes. The lettering is done with stamps.
I decided to have 3 candles even thought it was a second birthday card as I think odd numbers always look more aesthetically pleasing and I don’t think the recipient had started counting yet :)