Reminds me of those henna designs!
What I Used:
Vampy base: OPI Tease-y Does It
Gold stamping polish: Color Club Gingerbread Man
Iridescent clear nail art gems from Born Pretty Store
How I Did It:
Step 1: After applying your favorite base coat and letting it dry, apply an opaque layer of your base color. For our purposes, we'll be using a vampy burgundy for high contrast.
Step 2: Once the base color is dry, take your gold stamping polish and stamp on the tribal looking design on the lower right hand corner of the plate. Here's where stamping fast and accurately is important: make sure that only part of the image is stamped on as shown below. Then, add a rhinestone at the apex of the triangle for more interest. Do the same for all the other nails. Finish with a generous layer of top coat and enjoy your handiwork!
I will be honest. This was, by far, one of the most pain in the butt designs I've ever attempted. My stamping skills aren't the best at this point and I really need to work on my image placement. Getting all these lined up properly on my curved nails was just horrible. It didn't help that I had to work fast or else the polish would dry and become unusable. It's not as aligned as I hoped but after repeated tries, this was the best I could do. And frankly, it's not as bad as I first thought.
I actually positioned the image on the thumb a bit too high, but it was centered perfectly so I wasn't about to redo it. :P
The pattern brings to mind images of India.
I'm so glad I listened to Mr. J. I think it looks even better right side up!
There's something distinctly elegant about this image. Or maybe it's the colors, too.
I also need to work on my gem placement. Heh.