Monday, July 02, 2012

Monochrome Monday - Framed Floral Nail Art

Hey guys!

Today I'm participating in another nail art collaboration! The theme this time around is "Monochrome", so we'll all be featuring monochromatic nail designs.

For my monochrome mani, I decided to incorporate both freehand and stamping, as well as a fairly recent nail art trend - the "border" or "framed" mani.


To achieve this look, I first started with a base of a simple white creme (China Glaze White on White). Next, I added the black border using a striping brush and Wet 'n' Wild Black Creme. Finally, I stamped the floral image from BM-221 in the remaining white sections of my nails. A word to the wise: this image doesn't transfer very well. Maybe it's too detailed or not etched deep enough, but it just wasn't doing a very good job.


I really like the look of the framed mani, but it definitely requires some patience and a steady hand if you're going to do it with a striping brush the way I did.

I have read of another - and possibly easier - way to achieve this look: start with your border colour as the base, paint your inner colour over it leaving some space at the base and on the sides, and then finally just add a strip of your frame colour at the tip.


This black and white design is definitely different compared to all of the neon and other bright designs I've been sporting lately, but I really like it, even despite the less than perfect stamping.

What do you guys think of my monochromatic design?



39 comments:

  1. This is really pretty. I don't usually like framed nails, but this looks awesome!

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  2. Oh my what i think? This is awesome!

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  3. I love this, it looks great. This is the first framed mani I've liked lol.

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  4. OMG! This mani looks stunning! I absolutely love it!

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  5. what a brilliant mani, i love your design and border

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  6. oooo! the frame adds just the perfect touch.

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  7. I really love this... it has a toile vibe to it, and I love love love toile.

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  8. Holy crap! That is beautiful! I normally hate the 'framed' look, but this is so amazingly elegant. Well done.. I certainly don't see any imperfections, I think it's one of the better executions of the technique I've seen. <3

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  9. I really like it! I didn't realize it was stamping from the preview picture! I actually thought it was Connect the Dots or Sticks and Stones. Looks awesome!

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  10. Looks incredible! I'm loving the border/frame trend :)

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  11. This is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. I REALLY like this mani! Makes me want to get a stamping set...

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  13. Oh wow that is exquisite! I'm going to Pin this for future inspiration if that's OK, I really do love it! xx

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  14. This looks amazing! I really love the floral, black and white, and framed looks so together they make a great mani! Well done Kayla!

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  15. What a lovely "rim" job!!!!!

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  16. I absolutely LOVE this mani!! I adore black and white, and this reminds me of the design in my guest room.

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  17. Love it!!! Looks so vintage! :)

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  18. I was never really a fan of the border look but I'm absolutely loving this. The border together with the stamp...this whole look is gorgeous.

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  19. This is really unique! I generally don't like the border either but I might just try this.

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  20. Gorgeous! Now I'm tempted to try this in blue!

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  21. What a *beautiful* mani--I am totally smitten! The combination of the bold monochrome and delicate flowers is just aces, and the two techniques work amazingly well together too. Never would have guessed you had any problems with the image transfer!

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  22. I have seen this on facebook, pinterest and now in my reader and omgosh I had to come here and tell you that this is beautiful. Everytime I come across it I stop and bookmark it because I am going to try to replicate this! Won't be near as good but I have to try!

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  23. Those are so pretty! You did an amazing job!

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  24. I love the framed nail look. I have not spent enough time with a steady hand to have mine come out this well however. I barely have spent time to strip the tips of my toes neatly of late!

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  25. Gorgeous ♥ even love the frame while I normally hate frames.

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  26. I think the end result is great and now might have to try this myself someday... if I have the patience for it.

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