So last month BornPrettyStore had an offer where you could pick 8 sheets of water decals for like $5.99, these pretty gold shell skeletons were one of the sheets that I picked. When I saw them online, the idea of fossilized Ammonites immediately came to mind.
Unfortunately my camera couldn’t pick up the depth of the layers, and the polish was way too shiny so was reflecting lights at all angles even without the flash, meaning a lot are out of focus. Not a good day in the world of photography for me today, which is a shame as the nails are way more interesting in reality.
Fossil Base Layer
1 Layer of Fossils
2 Layers of Fossils
3 Layers of Fossils
So for this prompt I went for JellyFISH. Still counts right, even though they’re technically not fish? I’ve previously hand painted some Jellyfish, but for this design I chose to use some BornPrettyStore Jellyfish Water Decals* and they did not disappoint!
I chose to use them in a ‘pond mani’ meaning I applied a decal, layered glitter polish on top, top coated it all and then repeated a few times to give the effect of depth. The pictures do make it look a little flat but trust me, in reality it looks super cool.
The decals gave me a little bit of a shock at first when they arrived – it looked like they’d forgotten to put the decals on the sheet or something, but then I remember they were white! White on white could be an issue but fortunately you can see them if you turn the sheet towards the light as the decals shine differently, meaning you can chose what shapes you want to use. Once the decals have been in the water they actually get easier to see meaning you will always pick up the design you want anyway.
Fortunately BornPrettyStore decals are super easy to use (so I’d ignore the strangely translated instructions on the back); you just cut round the desired decal, submerge it in water for around 10 seconds, slide it off the backing paper, apply it to your nail and then gently dab away any excess water. Always top coat it to seal it onto your nail of-course.
If you look closely you’ll see that for the first layer of jellyfish have short tentacles which is how the decals actually are. For the second and third layers I painted some tentacles on to them to add extra interest – it works really well don’t you think!
I’m so impressed with the sheet of water decals – it includes coral, starfish, seahorses, ‘beach’ words, shells and jellyfish meaning it’s a very versatile sheet to have! Expect to see me using them again. If you fancy adding these decals to your nail stash or anything else from BornPrettyStore you can use my code ‘AZYW10’ to get 10% off all full priced items.