Nail Polish Art

I love trying new techniques, which is one of the reason I enjoy making cards so much as there are so many techniques to put ink on paper, who knew! This card was made using nail polish of all things. I first saw it over at Winnie & Walter’s The Gossip Column with the amazing Taheerah Atchia, and I was intrigued. Then I saw it again at Rahmat’s blog and so I definitely had to try it… and I love the results! It gives a shinier effect then with shaving foam, but next time, I’ll do it outside, as the house smelt of nail polish for days!

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This is one of the 4 panels I made with the blue/green/turquoise nails polishes. Isn’t it gorgeous? I just love how it looks like some beautiful ocean from the sky.  And its really easy to do.

  • Just grab your cheap leftover nail polish you don’t want anymore
  • Fill a basin with a little water, but BE CARFUL, its very hard to remove the nail polish afterwards (I used a round cake baking tin I will keep just for this as I don’t bake anymore)
  • Remove all the caps from your nail polish
  • Start pouring them in the water
  • Use a stick to move the nail polish around in the water
  • Place your paper over it, I used photocopy 300g paper, and slide it off the water.
  • Place it on a piece of paper or cloth to dry

Easy peasy! Make sure you put lots of paper under your basin as the nail polish will stain your table… as I personally found out…


Once the above panel was dry, I used Stamplorations Cutplorations crazy stitched rectangle die to cut a piece from it, I then cut out the inner panel using Sizzix rectangle die this time.  I  adhered it to the white card stock and stamped the sentiment from CASual Fridays in the middle with Versamark clear ink before heat embossing it using Wow embossing powder. I tried to create ink drops with grey Memory Box ink, but it just landed up looking like water splotches! If someone has a tip to do good paint drops, I will be eager to have it! A few enamel dots I found lying on my table finished the card.

Here I wanted to show you how it looks in natural light on the left, and on the right, how it glimmers under a lamp!

Now with the negative panel that was cut out to make this card, I simply added my new Jellyfish die cuts which comes from Altenew’s new collection. I loved it so much, I ordered it the very minute I saw it during the release blog hop and broke my “no paying shipping from US” rule for the first time! I have since broken it again with another company…thank goodness I have a friend going to the States soon as I have a long list from all the new releases going on ..! Lol!

blue marble panel.jpg

I made the jellyfish with orange, yellow and gold nail polish and just added it to the panel. I wanted to make it look like a painting or like we were watching them at an aquarium, so I put it into a frame I just happened to have lying around.


I stamped the sentiment which also comes with the Jelly fish stamps, very carefully on the frame so it wouldn’t smudge, with Versafine black ink.

I just LOVE the result and I hope you did too and you’ll give it a try!

I’m playing along

The first card with:

My Favourite Things – Color challenge mft-color-challenge

Time out – Inspired by words challenge.‘Friends are connected heart to heart, distance and time can’t break them apart’.  The text I chose for my card echoes the words in the challenge I feel since I think often of my friends back in France and around the world.

HLS February CAS challenge – Blue hls-cas

613 Avenue Create Challenge – Blue, CAS and sentimental. I think my card follow all three!

CAS on Sunday – Color challenge cas-on-sunday

For the picture frame:

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Young at heart, cause my son always tells me to just “go with it” mum and this “tableau” reminds me to do just that…

Thanks for stopping by.


20 thoughts on “Nail Polish Art

  1. I’ve been meaning to try this for a while and have even put aside some nail polish I don’t use any more. I love how the white space is in the centre and the interest is in the border. Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge, Anita x

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  2. This background is amazing, love the marble look. I have so much left over nail polish mist give it a try. And the sentiment is perfect for our challenge. Thanks for joining us at Time Out Challenges

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  3. Wow! You’ve given me another reason to adore nail polish! I’m so impressed at this clever technique and how beautiful your project turned out. The swirls are lovely and reminded me of the galaxy or rolling ocean waves. Your post made me smile and feel inspired and I’m so glad you shared your talents with us for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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  4. Awesome! The surprise pattern that appears in the end might be a real treat. I am not much of a nail polish person, but now I have a reason to go to the nail section and buy some, next time I go shopping!! Thanks for sharing, love it.

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