Koinobori…

So admittedly I had to google ‘japanese fish flag’ to find out what the proper name for these cute little wind socks were. Turns out, they’re not just decorative and actually help to celebrate ‘Childrens Day’ in Japan. Koinobori are displayed from April to early May, (appropriate timing for this nail design then) and each fish represents a different family member; the black and biggest is the father, the red is the mother and then the smaller fish traditionally starting with blue, then green, represent the children! Why carp? Well apparently carp symoblise strength and courage due to their ability to swim up streams and it is hoped that by flying these carp the children will grow up to be strong and healthy too. How interesting is that (Big thanks to wikipedia)!

It’s not my neatest stamping work, I was under a bit of time pressure so had to hash them out which was a shame as they deserved better. But they still look kinda cute! The largest koinobori image is from the Nee Jolie ‘Japan style’ plate that I’ve been addicted to lately, (sushi and blossom anyone?) whilst the smaller carp are from a Harunouta L002 plate  which I’ve reviewed previously.

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BornPrettyStore: Harunouta Plate L002

So today I tried out BornPrettyStore’s ‘Harunouta Stamping Plate L002‘, and boy is it a big one! It has over 36 images to use which is pretty darn impressive for one plate.

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How good does a new plate look! Immediately, and rather obviously, the idea came to do reverse stamping with the Kokeshi doll images so that’s what I did. The plate is smooth, the etchings are clear so I had no problem picking up the images.

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I had some slight smudging due to my top coat, grrr, but forgetting that the image lends itself perfectly to the reverse stamping/stamping decal technique! Next I decided to try out the blossom image. I had a little more trouble with this one, however I wasn’t sure wether it was due to the plate being new – sometimes they need a little bit of settling, or me not applying enough polish, or my stamper. However the image did pick up but can you see little sort of holes which became really obvious on my nails which was a shame. (Also, whoops at the smudged one and lack of extra pick up clean up!)

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I decided to try again with the blossom image, but this time show a little versatility by creating a christmas design with a clearly not-so-christmassy plate! I again went with the reverse stamping/stamping decal technique. What do you think of my Poinsettia?

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Okay, so unfortunately the holes in the blossom still happened. Anyone any ideas as to why that happens? The plate looks really well etched and the kokeshi doll picked up just fine. I mean this is under major scrutiny, at a distance where any normal person would be looking at your nails it’s barely noticeable.

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There’s so many great, usable images on this plate that I could have painted tonnes of designs! I hope I’ve managed to show you a few ideas on how to use it, and possibly inspired you on how to turn non-christmas related images into something with festive cheer.

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Party Spiders…

So this design isn’t spooky at all! I decided to go for a more family friendly, party look in contrast with some of the more gory stuff I’ve been painting. I bet arachnophobics could even wear this design right?…

I used my natural nail colour, flecked with gold and silver foil then stamped some spiders on them, finishing the design off with random dots and a top coat.

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Shrimp two ways…

So I really didn’t expect to be using my cooked shrimp stamping plate once let alone twice! At the weekend one of my work colleagues had their 50th birthday party, and everyone had to come wearing a silly hat/wig or have crazy hair as she is also a cancer survivor of 10 years. She asked for no birthday presents instead any money that we would have spent on one, was to be offered as a donation – how admirable is that. I chose to wear a shrimp hat, (which I already owned from one of my own fish themed birthday parties), and painted my nails to match of course!

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Marlin Fishing…

So these images are from a large, rectangular stamping plate I bought waaaay back in August last year, and this is the first time I’ve decided to use it. How crazy is that?! (Or rather disgusting, I mean surely that’s a sign that I have far too many nail art items but…)

I used loose glitter to create the blue/silver ombre: I regretted that decision after only the first nail as there was immediately glitter everywhere. For the images I used the reverse stamping technique with my clear, squishy stamper.

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Running Hot and Cold…

So I think I’ve found my new favourite polish – thermal colour changing polish! It’s magical, I don’t think I’ve ever played about so much in the sink whilst washing my hands before. The polish is from BornPrettyStore, in shade 110, and if I’m being honest I really wasn’t expecting much. When I saw it in the bottle, the colour looked a bit icky, the formula seemed a bit weird and I didn’t have high hopes for how easy it would be to change it’s colour. I WAS SO WRONG!

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The formula was actually pretty good, it applied smoothly and only took two coats (I applied a little thinly on my index finger, you can maybe slightly see that?). It’s also not that icky once it’s on, I’d say a it’s a lavender shade and has a lovely fine glitter going through it. Without top coat, it dries smooth and almost sort of matte looking. (I know this is maybe starting to sound like a review of a product I’ve been sent  but I paid for this polish myself, I am just so amazed by it I wanted to give it full credit!)

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Before I went any further by adding any stamping,  I decided to test it. BOOM! Mind blown. It just has to touch the hot water and it immediately changes, the lavender turns to a beautiful blue. I was not expecting it to work so well, I thought I’d maybe have to be scalding myself with boiling water before I even got a hint of the other shade.

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I went with fish for the stamped image, as I liked the playfulness of the blue being the ‘hidden’ colour. At first I thought it was only going to change when I washed my hands in the hot water, but over the past day I’ve found that it does change on it’s own accord due to my body temperature! And that makes it way more awesome. For example, I noticed when I was cross-stitching some of my fingers were turning to blue, whilst at work (on poolside) I was flashing blue, when I’m typing (like right now) all my fingers are blue, and this morning in bed (as I painted these last night) I was bright blue too!

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I loved this polish so much I’ve ordered another colour, and I even took a video of it!(Shame it’s such grainy quality, cringe.) Right now the polish is half price (16.06.2016) and it’s free shipping so I’m not sure why you wouldn’t give it a go! Watch the video and let me know if you’re going to try it.