Bundle Monster Halloween Nail Stamp Plate

Nail Polish Canada (NPC) sent me a Bundle Monster Halloween nail stamp to try. This is my first experience with actual nail stamping. I bought a mini kit a while ago but haven’t gotten the chance to test it out. Since NPC only sent the plate I used the stamper and scraper from my other kit.

A bundle monster nail stamp plate.

I have to say. The whole process took me longer than I thought it would and the results were very poor.

Nail Stamp Attempt #1 — My excitement was pretty high. I decided to play with a few colors (they just happen to all be Julep) to see what kind of results I would get. I thought black, white, and fiona green were pretty much Halloween standards.

My first attempt with nail art stamping I used black, white, and green colors.

First up was measuring the designs with my fingers which surprisingly had a limited fit.

My forefinger against the nail plate images for sizing.

As was my thumb. I never really considered my fingers especially small but according to the designs on this plate… my fingers are dainty.

My thumb beside nail plate for size measuring.

As you can see, my first attempt was less than stellar other than the forefinger design (no idea what it is — bloody eyeball??). Part of the three pumpkins worked but it was too wide for my fingers. Overall, I think I prefer the black on white designs. The white on black would have been nice but I didn’t have enough polish (and it doesn’t fit my thumb).

The final results of my first attempt at nail stamping.

Nail Stamp Attempt #2 — With this attempt I stayed with the white and black.

My color choices for my second attempt.

Again, unless it is a bright thick white, it doesn’t show up on black. I tried a bright orange and a bright red. The bright red however looks awesome on the white — again the same stamp worked.

My second attempt at nail stamping.

Nail Stamp Attempt #3 — With this attempt I kept the black and white and swapped in the bright red for a base color. My work space was starting to get messy at this point and the novelty was wearing off a bit.

My third attempt at nail stamping with red, black and white.

The results were a little better. The red definitely looks nice on white (not surprised) and white on black is interesting too. Black on red didn’t work as well as I thought it would.

The results of my 3rd attempt.

Nail Stamp Attempt #4 — Finally I decided to do away with color as a base and went to white. And red for stamping. I was so tired at this point I didn’t care and pretty much gave up. Nothing was really salvageable from this attempt.

My fourth attempt at using the nail stamp plate.

As you can see from my above attempts, color and formula play a huge role in whether the stamper will work. Dark on light definitely works best; like with all nail art (but I thought I would try anyway). And definitely the slower the formula is to dry the better. But my biggest disappointment was the size of the designs.

It’s best to have plenty of cotton pads and nail polisher remover on hand and to work on a couple layers of paper towel as things get messy when it comes time to do some scraping.

My nail stamp and scraper.

After the fourth attempt I gave up for the night and even though I don’t feel I had any real success I want to try again with smaller designs and a better color plan in mind. With all the other nail arts I’ve tried I have practiced on fake nails beforehand but for some reason I thought this would be a piece a cake and didn’t bother. There is definitely some skill involved in the rolling of the stamper (and how the excess polish is scraped off) that I didn’t anticipate but like with all nail art I think it is something that can be easily developed with practice on a down day.

NPC has lots of Bundle Monster nail plates including more Halloween designs. Their nail plates sell for $4 each and if that is all you order their shipping is free (normally free with a purchase over $25).

Topic Links
* Get this Halloween Nail Stamp Plate from Nail Polish Canada
* Get this stamp plate from Bundle Monster

Cute and Easy Halloween Nail Art

After the fun I had with the ghosts, I realized the Halloween nail art bug had bit and hit YouTube looking for more easy designs with a high cute factor and came across this video by MissJenFabulous from 2012 where she shares not one but five how-to nail art ideas in one video. Talk about making my life easier. I had to try them all (well except the eye one because that was too creepy). First, here is her how to video (don’t worry, it’s only 6 minutes):

Frankie was fun and super easy. What could be easier than stitches? And oh my gawd so fricking cute. I used Julep’s Fiona for the green base (I actually thought I would never have a use for it again but the color is perfect) and my Sally Hansen black nail art pen and a little white from L.A. Colors Art Deco nail lacquer.

Cute nail art with Frankenstein accent nail and stitches on green flesh.

The vampire one was a little more challenging than Frankie. Dracula is cute but I think I put his eyes too far apart. I need more practice with the faces on my nail beds so I can get used to spacing — I might draw some nail beds on paper to get in some practice on such a small canvas. I am a little pissed my top coat brush picked up the red and transferred to the white (I don’t understand, I used quick drops and waiting until they were dry). For the base I used Julep’s Bunny and for the blood red I used Julep’s Myrtle (a fave red). For the detail I used my Sally Hansen nail art pen in black. I love the dripping blood on this one, even if you don’t care for the vampire accent nail the bloody nails can be used for so many costumes and for me was the best part of this nail art. I have seen this technique used with other colors for effect too. Now that I have done it I am looking forward to doing it again.

Red bloody nails nail art with vampire accent nail.

For the skull nail art I used Sally Hansen complete Salon Manicure in 410 Lavender Cloud (also used for ghost nail art a few weeks ago) for the base and for the black accent I used the L.A. Colors Art Deco lacquer. I was looking forward to doing the skulls because they are a little edgier but when it came down to it I found it a lot harder than I expected. I think that is because the pattern is repeated over all nails instead of just the accent nails like the other two. There was more pressure of screwing up. I also found that after finishing the details on one hand my bottle of L.A. Colors was gooping up. So much so I had to add thinner to keep going. When I first did the skulls I didn’t like them but as the day wore on they really grew on me. And they look pretty cool upside down too. My husband thought they were ghosts at first. Again, I think I need more practice with eye placement, perhaps a bigger dotting tool too.

Simple white skull nail art on all five nails.

I skipped the eyeballs, they look cute but I think I’d get creeped out looking at them all day. I am in the process of working on the ghoulies with my basecoat colors already in place. I love the color combination so much that I am going to enjoy them for a few days before I put the faces on them but I wanted to get this post up. I will definitely update this post when I do. There is no top coat on these yet but the colors from pinky: Julep’s Fiona, Rimmel Lasting Pro Finish 370 Wild Orchid (fave), Revlon Brilliant Strength 220 Provoke, and Julep’s Bess.

A mixture of colored nails polishes on one hand.

Update: Here is the ghoulie nail art. I hate them. I just could not get control of my brush. But even though they are a mess there is something kind of cute about them. I definitely still love the base color combinations.

Colorful ghoul Halloween nail art for fall.

Of all of these Frankie was definitely the easiest for me but I definitely enjoyed doing them all. You have to give it a go. It’s been seriously fun.

Topic Links
* Check out more of Jen’s nail art tutorials at Polish and Pearls

Howling at the Moon Nail Art

One of my favorite movies is American Werewolf in London so it should be no surprise that as soon as I saw I Have a Cupcake‘s Werewolf Halloween nail art that I had to give it a go. She really makes it look so easy, have a look at her how-to video:

As she mentioned in her video she used the following nail polishes:

  • Orly Base Coat
  • Mahogany Magic by China Glaze
  • Yodel Me on My Cell by O.P.I.
  • Blonde Bombshell by China Glaze
  • Liquid Crystal by China Glaze
  • Americana black acrylic paint
  • Americana white acrylic paint

Because I do not have the same stash I used (my colors listed below match in order with the ones above but not in the photo):

  • Revlon Multicare Base and Top Coat
  • Faye by Julep (brown)
  • Ally by Julep (sparkly blue)
  • Lena by Julep (iridescent green)
  • Set in Stones by Essie (silver glitter)
  • LA Colors Art Deco black lacquer / Cleopatra by Julep (black)
  • LA Colors Art Deco white lacquer

The nail polishes I used for this nail art.

I think it turned out pretty good — and while I Have a Cupcake makes it look super easy, I would say it was mostly easy. I would definitely put it on the newbie “I can do this” list. Look at my moon, doesn’t it look awesome?

My attempt at werewolf nail art.

Most of this nail art was pretty easy. The background sky, the hills, the moon. And the wolf fur–easy. I ran into trouble when it came time to do the wolf face. My first attempt was pretty crappy. I tried to cover it up with another coat of brown but that only made it worse. I ended up wiping it off and starting again. On the second try, instead of using the Art Deco brush, I went with a dotting tool and the latex polish even though it was going to be covered with a top coat.

There are so many things I like about this project. First my color choices. Ally is one of my favorite blues and has an incredibly sheen to it all on its own. Lena has a brilliant iridescence and makes it look like there is twilight behind the trees (get it? Twilight?). Even the brown I used has some fine sparkle to it. But my favorite is the contrast of the Essie glitter which looks like stars, really big stars but stars none-the-less. I need a little more practice making trees but really, for a first try on such a small canvas… they are pretty cute.

My sky view nail art.

While doing this nail art I also discovered I want to do a blended manicure with this blue, green and black Julep colors at some point maybe even with the glitter top coat.

Besides my color choices, I did something a little different with my moon than the artist in the video. After I put down my circle of white I blotted it with a sponge to give it that moon crater look. I think it is a pretty cool effect.

My wolf howling at the moon.


A close up of my werewolf nail art.

I made a very quick video just so you can how bright the colors actually are:

Topic Links
* Check out more of I Have a Cupcake’s designs at her official website
* Become a Julep Maven!

Ghostly Nail Art

I was feeling in the early-Halloween spirit the first week of October and this nail art idea from an ad in a Nail It! magazine really spoke to me, at least the ghost part did. It was a fun evolution.

Ghost nail art from Nail It.

Working from this concept I first played with what I would put on each nail and how the eyes would look. After a few days I finally decided on the open white and googly eyes — more cute than scary. During my practice I tried to keep things the approximate size of what I would do on the nail.

Practice doodling the ghost eyes.

I so need more practice making circles! I used a black Sally Hansen Nail Art pen for my little ghostly faces and nail tip shadows. For the white sheets, instead of going white I went with an off-white pale Lavender Cloud, also by Sally Hansen — it totally looks white though. Unless you put it up to something blue then you can barely see the tint. My thinking was that most sheets wouldn’t be super white by the time someone cut holes in them for eyes anyway and I really like the polish.

My first attempt at ghostly nail art.

My favorite ghost of is of course on my middle finger.

White sheet ghost nail art ideas.

Topic Links
* Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens can be found on Amazon