Kimett is celebrating May birthdays with a design that combines the birthstone Emerald and the birth-flower, Lily of the Valley.
In case you missed any, you can read what's up with these monthly Birthday designs on Kimett Kolor with the links below:
- January: Garnet & Carnations
- February: Amethyst & Violets
- March: Aquamarine & Daffodils
- April: Diamond & Daisies
The beginning of this design started with the two green base colors, Nubar's Greener and Revlon's Posh. The former is a perfect emerald green with depth and intrigue - just like the gemstone. And, Posh is a juicy green crelly (part cream, part jelly) formula which I thought would be a good base for the flowers.
Next, I added the gems and the flowers. I was beyond excited when I saw that Anni of Vivid Lacquer had a stamping plate with Lily of the Valley flowers!! (At time of this post, it's in stock on her Etsy page.) Really, I might of peed a little! Too gross? Sorry. But...they are one of my very favorite flowers, despite their poisonous nature they are so elusive (shade loving) and yet so cheerful.
I had a bit of trouble stamping - but it is 100% user issue, the stamping plate is perfect. When I tested the images on a flat surface, they came out shaped normally. But the combination of my very curved nails and the slick surface, I experienced some smudging of the flowers. Some people swear by using a layer of topcoat between the base color and the stamping because it provides an opportunity to remove the image in case you need to re-do it. (Which I did on my ring finger actually.) For me, sometimes it can add a challenge in that the surface is so slippery that it doesn't grab the stamping as easy as without a layer of topcoat. Stamping is a pursuit of never-ending trial and error.
I had just washed my hands before taking the pictures (zooming in for the close crop below) so you might notice the moisture on my nails (photo should be clickable for a closer look). I thought it was kinda cool because you're likely to see these flowers with moisture on them.
After stamping, I dabbed on a bit of a light green jelly polish over the stems of the flowers since I stamped the whole image in white. I can't wait to play around with these again. I kept picking up my hands to look at these over and over. As a dear family friend says, "Anywho....", let's move on, shall we?
Using 3-dimensional decorations on my nails is still the most awkward thing for me to incorporate into my designs. And, I choked, once again, a bit with these. I had a better idea in mind and then I went and made these. Oh well. They're not quite a full-blown fail, but they're not necessarily a success either. To give them a little oomph, I used striping tape and painted a silky golden stripe off-center on each nail and another coat of topcoat. Before that dried, I placed 2 or 3 emerald-cut green rhinestones on each nail.
Combining these two looks didn't make for an overall good-looking design. It fits with my self-created theme, but....not really a great "manicured" look. But - it is an enthusiastic "Happy Birthday" to May babies design! Which was the goal in the first place. :)
All the polish design details aside: Happy May Birthdays!!!!! Hope your special day has been or will be fun! Let us know how you celebrated and/or what you think of these nails in the comments below.
- Nubar Greener
- Color Club Art Club Bronze (liner brush)
- Revlon Posh
- Konad White Stamping Polish
- L'Oreal creme de mint
Vivid Lacquer Stamping Plate VL 019
May’s birthstone is emerald, a green gemstone that heralds the lush landscape of spring. May is a month in which flowers blossom, grass unfolds, and everything seems new again. Emerald is a stone that capture’s all spring’s verdant splendor, ranging in color between a bluish jungle green to chartreuse. The stone and the month are a perfect pairing.
Lily of the Valley
According to the Old Farmer's Almanac: May's birth flower is the lily of the valley, which signifies sweetness, humility, and a return to happiness. If you want to show your loved one that your life is complete with them, give them a few lilies of the valley.
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