Brrrr! Boy, is it cold! Good thing I have sweater on my nails. Hah! Seriously though, this is the only kind of knitting that I can do. I am in awe by those folks who are able to take two long, pointy things to create wearable magic using yarn. A lot of ladies in my family are quite talented knitters, including my sister (who’s made me very cozy socks) and my aunt who recently made knitted gnome holiday decorations which inspired me to make these nails.
Isn’t that ball of yarn on my thumb adorable? I hope you read on to find out more about not only these nails, but also to see the cutest holiday gnome, ever!
Here’s me holding the holiday gnome. He comes with a tiny jingle bell on the top of his flexible little hat (which I bent to fit in the picture). Doesn’t he look ready for this COLD weather that most of us in the U.S. are experiencing?
I used a really pretty light grey cream polish as the base color for all of my nails. It has an airy look to it – which reminded me of soft cashmere. This is two thin coats, if I wasn’t planning to cover it up with nail art, I’d have used three.
Then using a Vivid Lacquer stamping plate, I added the sweater pattern to my four fingertips and the ball of yarn to my thumbs.
For my sweater nails, I used the gradient stamping technique with red and grey metallic polishes. I put a little bit of the two polishes alternating side by side on the stamping plate and then scraped them across the knitted image.
Both the stamping plate and the knitted gnome were available through Etsy.com.
Vivid Lacquer – Plate VL 0004
Sandy Paws Crafts – Gnome for the Holidays!
These colors were quite enjoyable. I liked using the metallic finishes over the cream, it made my nails glow a little in certain light. Viewing them at arm’s length, I felt I had a pretty striped sweater on my nails. And, it was nice to do some stamping again.
Till next time,