Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day

Hello girlies. Tomorrow is Memorial Day in America, a day to honor the men and women who died while serving in the Armed Forces. In national cemeteries, many volunteers place American flags on each grave as a way to honor them. These nails are my way of honoring the fallen.


Memorial Day nail art nails stars stripes red white and blue


I was hit with inspiration Friday night while looking through some tape manis. What if I used the elements of an American flag and put them on a nail? A red and white striped nail showing through outlines of stars. It could be just like a tape mani if I used stickers.  It was brilliant. I just needed some star stickers in various sizes.


Memorial Day nail art nails stars stripes red white and blue

It was amazingly hard to find the sizes of stars I wanted ... or to find any star stickers at all! I thought of nothing beyond the sizes I needed. Silly of me! Anyone else seeing the problem? Yes, they are stars in various sizes. Yes, they are stickers. Why yes, that does says adhesive gems!! Instead of putting star stickers on my nails and painting over them like tape I had to put these hard gems on my nails and carefully trace around each one since they didn't conform to my nails like a true sticker would. Then I had to fill in the entire nail around the star outlines. It went from being such a simple mani idea to an all night and all morning job. I got one hand done before I was too tired to see straight and had to do the other hand first thing in the morning.

Memorial Day nail art nails stars stripes red white and blue

Some of the stars turned out amazing, nearly perfect, while others were a bit deformed.


Memorial Day nail art nails stars stripes red white and blue



Still, my original idea came through pretty well I think.


Memorial Day nail art nails stars stripes red white and blue


Here is a look at what is under all that blue which is China Glaze First Mate if you were wondering. I started with a base of OPI Alpine Snow and drew in a few messy stripes with China Glaze Poinsettia. I just wanted to show you that, for a design like this, the stripes don't have to be perfect because you'll be seeing only a very small portion of each one. Looking at the finished nails you would never think something this messy was under each one! :)

12 comments:

  1. This is an amazing design! I did USA flags for my mani, and was so nervous using my striper! And I also used First Mate for my blue...isn't it the perfect patriotic blue? Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I didn't realize how perfect it was until I needed a patriotic blue. I love a color like that. They just sneak into your collection. :)

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  2. Great idea and a lot of work! Looks great :)

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    1. Thank you! I wasn't sure it was going to be worth it at first. The extra work I had to put into it was insane but I am loving the finished product. I'm happy everyone else seems to love it too. Makes it worth it. :)

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  3. This is fab! I had a similar idea last week (with 'cut out' flowers over some kind of colourful base) but ended up abandoning because it frustrated me so much! So I'm doubly impressed that your design worked out so well - it really looks super!

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    1. Thank you! I say do it, definitely! Flowers are such a common sticker that you should have no problem finding a set that will work for you. Just make sure you don't get gems like I did. ;) I would love to see the finished mani if you decide to do it! It seems like such a cool idea.

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  5. Good ideas! I like the way you express your idea and the topic you choose. KEep on your sharing! I appreciate it. uv detectors

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  6. This is a great idea! I was looking to do something patriotic for the July 4th holiday and something like this would be great!

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  7. Going to try this for the Fourth f July!! Only I need to have some glitter in there some where!

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