Orange and Blue Argyle Nails

Orange and Blue Argyle Nails by
This is another simple look that I created using one of the new colors from the CND Shellac Modern Folklore collection. I love this shimmery burnt orange shade called Fine Vermillion, and I figured it would pair well with a dark blue.  I decided to stamp this argyle pattern over Fine Vermillion using a pattern from the Cheeky European Romance Jumbo Plate.  The blue polish is a dark blue stamping polish from Mundo de Unas.

It wasn’t until after I applied the stamp and top coated that I thought it would look even better with a third color.  I wish I had thought to do a stamping decal and filling in some of the spaces with gold.  Maybe next time!

To learn more about stamping patterns over gel polish, please watch my stamping video.  In this video I mentioned that I couldn’t get the XL squishy stamper to work, but after replacing the stamper head it’s my new favorite stamper!

9 Responses

  1. Jossie Castro says:

    I love your work!!! And I love gel polish as well, I have a cheap lamp which does not cure well so I am saving up to buy a name brand lamp. Question, you mentioned something about using Couture base and topcoat, cause they take less time to remove? And they work well with all brands of gel polish? And also you stamp as well, so you topcoat the design with regular topcoat? Beautiful hands and nails! I just wish I had more time to gel cause in between, work, house chores and children I end up exhausted.

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Jossie. I’m not sure if I ever mentioned Couture base and top because I don’t have that brand base and top. I may have mentioned Ink or Shellac – they are the two that soak off the fastest for me. Generally you can mix and match brands without problems. When I stamp I top coat with gel. A RNP top coat would peel right off.

  2. Della says:

    I love all your ideas, I am still trying to get my stamping to work and come out like designs. You do such beautiful work. I agree with Jossie that you have such nice nails and hands. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas. Look forward to your emails.

  3. Kelly says:

    Thanks Andrea for all the great posts! Youre such an inspiration & have such beautiful nails! I check your website daily for new art ideas and absolutely love your videos and tutorials! I just got into stamping and am having such a ball with it! Ive learned so much from your site, keep doing what you do!

  4. Andrea says:

    Thank you, Jossie, Della and Kelly! :)

  5. Katharine in Brussels says:

    Hi Andrea, you look very back-to-school :) Nice idea!

  6. Sally says:

    Hi Andrea! I have “stalked” your website for months now & finally just need to come out & say how fun & creative I think you are! And so professional, too! I have a feeling you spend a lot more time than we realize in proofing & editing your blog & videos! Kudos!! Now – 1 question: How many times a week do you soak of your polish?!!! Seriously! Still your hands look so … pampered. :-)

    • Andrea says:

      Thank you, Sally! I’ve always been a bit of a perfectionist, so there’s a good chance that I spend more time than normal doing those things :) I actually don’t soak-off my polish more than once a week. Because I change my polish so frequently to swatch and do nail art for the blog, I’ve had to come up with ways to protect my nails. Gel polish is really only meant to be changed every 10-14 days. I normally wear a base of acrygel over my nails and then I use a peel-off base over top of that. :)

  7. Sally says:

    Oh?! Please divulge!! I just received an order of ~ 20+ polishes and want to try them all!! I normally LOVE the 2- week SOG routine, but at this particular moment in time, I’m wanting to change more often. Like twice/day!!!! :-0