Dammit, I thought I could remember where I saw how to do a different kind of nail decals but can't! Anyway, I saw this really interesting tutorial on the webertubes a week ago, detailing the amazing idea of painting polish on a sandwich bag, peeling it off and cutting out different shapes either with scissors or decorative hole punches. As I've had said hole punches lying around for a while and didn't have much luck trying to get tape to work, I had to give this technique a try.
First up, I painted several layers of Rimmel Black Satin that was getting a bit gluggy onto a sandwich bag. I found I had to do this over a day or so as the big patches took a while to dry and be thick enough to peel off. Finally it was ready so I peeled off a little sheet and cut out shapes using my star shaped hole punch. It worked perfectly! Once I had enough for each finger, I painted each nail with two coats of Joe Fresh White and just plunked the decals on. It just worked! They stuck down and blended in nicely with a coat of Seche Vite. Once dry, I added the black tips. I like how this came out, kinda like wingtip shoes.
The Verdict: I'm definitely going to have to play with this technique, it works really well. One modification I did make though was to use acrylic paints. They dry faster and peel off easier - it's what I used for the orange star. Super fun to do :)