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Nail Art Tutorial: Shimmery Spider Web

Nail Art Tutorial: Shimmery Spider Web

09.28.15

By semick

Great artists inspire and recreate each other’s work. This particular design was first dreamed up by @thepolishedokie, then Donna of @workinggirlnails was so struck by it that she had to recreate it for herself. Working backwards from the image of the finished design, here’s how Donna did this Halloween manicure using a shimmery autumnal polish.

  • Supplies needed:

    -Black polish: Rica Black Out
    -Rust glitter polish: Pretty Serious Seasonal Sunset
    -Sheer black polish: Jolie Polish Black Crelly
    -White opaque polish: Rica White Out
    -Dark Grey metallic polish: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Gone Grey
    -Winstonia Store stamping plate W221 or any other spider web design
    -Stamper and scraper like Messy Mansion
    -1 black rhinestone from Born Pretty Store
    -A dotting tool or a bobby pin, pencil, etc.
    -Fine detail brush like Winstonia 0000 detail brush
    -Fast dry top coat (that will not streak your nail art) like Bliss Kiss Simply Quick

    SLIDE 1 OF 7
  • Step 1:

    Start with a good base coat such Bliss Kiss Simply Smooth. Or, since we will be using glitter, you could use a peel off base like OPI Glitter Off. Once your base coat is dry, apply one coat of black polish. Layer with one coat of your glitter polish and then layer with one coat of the sheer black polish. Let this dry completely before starting your nail art.

    SLIDE 2 OF 7
  • Step 2:

    Once your nails are dry place your stamping plate and tools so that are easy to reach. If you're new to stamping I recommend watching some YouTube videos for different tips and techniques. I like to use my Konad scraper. Some people use a credit card or plastic scraper but I find the metal ones gives me a cleaner image. For the stamper, since I was using a white polish to stamp with and a fairly fine-lined image, I chose the firm, dark purple stamper head that I got from Messy Mansion.

    SLIDE 3 OF 7
  • Step 3:

    When stamping you need to work fast. When I'm picking up the image, I like to roll my stamp from one side of the image to the other. I then roll it across my nail too. Since my nails are fairly curved I get better coverage than just stamping it straight on.

    SLIDE 4 OF 7
  • Step 4:

    For the spider, start by placing a dot using a dotting tool where you what the spider to be. I just put a little polish on my stamping plate to work from instead of using a piece of foil or plastic. After dotting the head, apply the rhinestone with just a little bit of nail glue on the stud. I like the brush-on nail glue best. Once you place your rhinestone, using a small detail brush draw in the legs.

    SLIDE 5 OF 7
  • Step 5:

    Clean up the edges with a rounded brush like the Jolie Polish French Dotter Brush and finish off with a fast dry top coat like Bliss Kiss Simply Quick.

    SLIDE 6 OF 7
  • Done!

    See more of Donna's work online:

    Instagram: @workinggirlnails
    Check out her products on Etsy: Sweet Baby by Donna

     

    Also check out the design's original creator, @thepolishedokie on Instagram!

     

    [Images: Donna Capps]

    SLIDE 7 OF 7
  • Supplies needed:

    -Black polish: Rica Black Out
    -Rust glitter polish: Pretty Serious Seasonal Sunset
    -Sheer black polish: Jolie Polish Black Crelly
    -White opaque polish: Rica White Out
    -Dark Grey metallic polish: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Gone Grey
    -Winstonia Store stamping plate W221 or any other spider web design
    -Stamper and scraper like Messy Mansion
    -1 black rhinestone from Born Pretty Store
    -A dotting tool or a bobby pin, pencil, etc.
    -Fine detail brush like Winstonia 0000 detail brush
    -Fast dry top coat (that will not streak your nail art) like Bliss Kiss Simply Quick

  • Step 1:

    Start with a good base coat such Bliss Kiss Simply Smooth. Or, since we will be using glitter, you could use a peel off base like OPI Glitter Off. Once your base coat is dry, apply one coat of black polish. Layer with one coat of your glitter polish and then layer with one coat of the sheer black polish. Let this dry completely before starting your nail art.

  • Step 2:

    Once your nails are dry place your stamping plate and tools so that are easy to reach. If you're new to stamping I recommend watching some YouTube videos for different tips and techniques. I like to use my Konad scraper. Some people use a credit card or plastic scraper but I find the metal ones gives me a cleaner image. For the stamper, since I was using a white polish to stamp with and a fairly fine-lined image, I chose the firm, dark purple stamper head that I got from Messy Mansion.

  • Step 3:

    When stamping you need to work fast. When I'm picking up the image, I like to roll my stamp from one side of the image to the other. I then roll it across my nail too. Since my nails are fairly curved I get better coverage than just stamping it straight on.

  • Step 4:

    For the spider, start by placing a dot using a dotting tool where you what the spider to be. I just put a little polish on my stamping plate to work from instead of using a piece of foil or plastic. After dotting the head, apply the rhinestone with just a little bit of nail glue on the stud. I like the brush-on nail glue best. Once you place your rhinestone, using a small detail brush draw in the legs.

  • Step 5:

    Clean up the edges with a rounded brush like the Jolie Polish French Dotter Brush and finish off with a fast dry top coat like Bliss Kiss Simply Quick.

  • Done!

    See more of Donna's work online:

    Instagram: @workinggirlnails
    Check out her products on Etsy: Sweet Baby by Donna

     

    Also check out the design's original creator, @thepolishedokie on Instagram!

     

    [Images: Donna Capps]

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