Theme of the Month: July Ruby and Water Lily

Hello all you lovely people out there. It’s great to be back!

As I mentioned in my last post, I didn’t get a chance to do my regular Birthday theme design last month. So, first on my agenda back, from vacation, was to do my design for July inspired by its Birthstone, the Ruby, and one of its Birth Flowers, the Water Lily.

july theme nail art ruby red and water lily

If it were possible for me to do a wiggle-waggle dance (and if you could see it) – I would be doing one right now. It was super to take a break, get refreshed, and now…

I’m back at it with extra “happy”. The only teeny-tiny down-side…I’m a bit rusty!!

I’m mostly happy with how these nails came out and resisted the urge to re-do them. After all, these are for July and I have yet to do August’s design and the month is going by quick like the weeds growing outside.

If you’ve missed any of my prior Theme of the Month designs and want a little more info, I’ve included the links at the bottom of this post.

water lily stamping nail art

Stamp Chat

Until recently, the only polishes made just for stamping that I owned were white and black. Like so many folks, I had been doing the best possible with regular polishes (some work better than others). I’m learning that there are two major differences between them: the opacity and the dry time. Stamping polishes are usually more opaque – sometimes even allowing lighter colors to be seen when stamped over darker colors (as shown in this design today). Also, they usually don’t dry as fast – giving you more time to “fuss” while going through the process (improving placement, etc.). I guess I was convincing myself that I was being frugal if the polishes I collect can have multiple uses….but, really now that I’ve splurged on stamping polishes, I feel it was just silly considering the ease and time saving of not having as many problems.

To sum things up, if you are thinking about trying stamping or are struggling at all with it now – I would definitely recommend getting stamping polishes.

july theme nail art ruby and water lily
Trying out new hand pose

Regardless of how I felt I did with the execution of these, I did feel very royal and elegant wearing this combination. I’d love to know what you think of these, let me know in the comments if you have a moment.

gradient stamping water lily nail art

I’m a July baby and I am lucky to like my birthstone well enough, although I don’t own too many, but the ones I do are special. After doing these nails, it made me want to go find some real life water lily flowers…I bet they’re awesome in person. Any other July babies out there?

Design Details

For the birthflower nails, I used the gradient stamping technique for the water lily over the top of a random sponged gradient base of murky greens.  The ruby gemstone is loosely represented by a beautiful red creme polish layered under a pink jelly polish.

nail art sketch


Polish Palette

(numbers match image above)
  1. Finger Paints ~ Model Colour
  2. L’OREAL ~ jolly lolly

    Greens by Zoya:
  3. Evvie
  4. Hunter
  5. Josie
    applied with make-up sponge, torn into tiny pieces & tweezers
  6. Vivid Lacquer stamp plate ~ VL012

    Stamping polishes by Mundo de Unas:

  7. Fiucsa #20 
  8. Orchid #55 
  9. Pastel Pink #25 
  10. Yellow #11 

Inspiration Source(s):

july ruby water lily gemstone birthflower nail art

Photo credits: Water Lily, Ruby

A big & overdue wish for happiness to all those born in July from me: Happy Belated Birthday!!


Previous Theme of the Month Posts:


Thank you so much for sticking with me!!

Till next time,

Update: If you enjoyed the nail art in this post, you can see all 12 months’ themed nail art in one round-up post here.

  • CurlyGirl66

    VERY striking! I love the job you did on the water lily! Very interesting splitting it between the two nails and I love the color combination you used. Your choice of nail color for the ruby was right on………very pretty! I think this was my favorite monthly tribute so far! But then again, I am partial to the nail artist!

    • Awe, thanks so much!! 🙂 🙂 I certainly had enough time to think about this one – so maybe my expectations were a tad bit high?!? LOL. I almost used that polish you had done at our party, Ruby Without a Cause…but went with these shiny ones instead. I was excited to use the new stamping polishes and can’t wait to play more – it gives a lot more detail. 🙂

  • CurlyGirl66

    And I love the fresh new look of your design detail board!

    • Oh – yeah – cool, glad you liked it. I have lots of ideas floating around in my head about these. This was my first one – I hope to keep improving on them. Thanks!!

  • Debs

    Gorgeous nails! Happy belated birthday 🙂

  • CurlyGirl66

    With all your NEW stamping polishes………….there’ll be no stopping you now! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    • I know, I know…..I’m giddy with inspiration and “begging” my back to cooperate with me!! Thanks for all of your encouragement and time listening to me babble on and on about polish and nails!!! 🙂

  • Oh my goodness! Where to begin! Your design is GORGEOUS Kim! You split the flower expertly across your fingers and I am still amazed that the coloring in the flower is a stamping polish gradient, not LeadLight! You nailed your inspiration flower perfectly! And I love the new & improved Design Details! It gives your readers more insight into the artistic process behind the nail art and a peek at the always amusing Kimett personality! <3

    • OK….wiping a happy tear off my cheek….you blew me away with this comment. Thank you, dear!!! Those MDU stamping polishes are amazing (and I have you to thank for nudging me to finally buy them, and just in time!) What I did was not only place them where I wanted them, but then went in with a second time & a toothpick a bit to really “smear” them before I scraped with the scraper….does that make sense? It made a neat effect – that who knows if I’ll ever be able to repeat it (as I did no testing – just once and on my nails it went! Same pick-up image, just put on two fingers. I’m so excited (beyond words) that you liked my Design Details. It’s something I do (in a similar way) with another crafty hobby…and after one of “those sleepless nights wherein my creative brain was on overdrive” it hit me!! I was hoping it would do just exactly what you said!! Are you sure we’re not sisters?? Heh, heh!! Thanks again, muches!!!

  • OK – I’m totally bragging here – which I almost NEVER do…but, a celebrity nail artist just complimented this design on my Instagram account!!!!! Wow!! So blown away! Robert Nguyen, known as @nailguytv, is going to be one of the biggie contestants on Oxygen’s nail art reality/competition show this fall. If you get the Nail ‘It magazine – there’s a cute bio of the contestants in it this month. I don’t have TV…but I’ll find some way to see it….fingers crossed for Amazon & Roku. 🙂

    Thanks everyone for the nail art love!!! My day has been getting better and better!!

  • These are absolutely gorgeous! I love lilies and these are phenom! I have been eying mdus for a while and am looking forward to being able to order some.

    • Awe, thanks Ali!! I’m super glad that you’ve stopped by ;).

      It’s so funny sometimes, isn’t it – when I first had these completed I didn’t like them at all….but over time I started to. What’s up with that? 🙂 LOL.

      Yes, MDU’s seem to be quite unique. This was the first time I’ve used some, and I am planning to play around with them some more. They’re not like any other polishes – or even stamping polishes – that I’ve ever encountered. But the possibilities with the slow dry time and light/over/dark is so exciting….!! Hope you do get some.

  • This is BEAUTIFUL!!!