Valentine’s Day Nail Art – Ink & Hearts

This Valentine’s Day design is a little different from the norm, but I’m totally loving it.  I received a few different loose glitter baggies from Girly Bits Cosmetics recently, and I knew the red matte heart glitter and the .008 Fire Red Glitter would pair well.  I’ve also recently been hearing all the rage about alcohol ink techniques and have been dying to try it, so I combined these things all into one look. Valentine's Day Nail art using glitter & Sharpie markers!I started with the black and white base colors, Pink Gellac Soft White and Beautiful Black. (SAVE $5 when you spend $35 or more on Pink Gellac at Chickettes Boutique this month! Use coupon code “LOVE5”.)  I burnished the .008 Fire Red Glitter into the tacky layer of the black polish to create a gradient effect.  You can learn how to do a glitter gradient by watching the video that I created here.

On the white nails, I randomly placed the red heart glitters onto the white nails while the top layer was still wet, and then cured the layer.  My nails are very curvy so some edges of the glitter did stick up a bit.  I applied a layer of top coat over the hearts and filled in the gaps around the glitter pieces.  After curing the top coat, I wiped off the tacky residue and began playing with inks to create the smokey look.  I’m not sure if you’ve heard about the alcohol ink technique yet… it’s pretty new to me, but it’s been all the rage in several of the groups that I belong to.  I don’t know where it originated, but I first learned about it from Kim at Ten Little Canvases.  You can create some really awesome looking marble and granite textures with this technique.  See Kim’s video on it here.  And I also found this video helpful. Valentine's Day Nail art using glitter & Sharpie markers!

I purchased some Adirondack Alcohol Inks recently, but I haven’t had time to play with them yet.  For this mani, I tried a similar technique that someone else suggested, which is to use a Sharpie marker instead of the alcohol ink!  So I scribbled over the top coat with a black sharpie marker and then dipped a small brush into isopropyl alcohol and randomly dabbed it over the ink.  It turned out pretty cool, but I definitely want to practice this technique some more.  Sharpies are a heck of a lot cheaper than the inks, but I’ll let you know what works better once I’ve had time to play with the inks.

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8 Responses

  1. Jasmine says:

    I’ve been thinking about trying alcohol inks also, so I am looking forward to your review!

  2. Rabbit says:

    I also heard about this technique and alcohol inks. I want to try it!

  3. Laura says:

    I knew there was a reason I bought those rainbow-colored Sharpies. :)

  4. Gemlady521 says:

    Sharpies! It’ll be great to be able to use those for nail art (drooling!)! And I love the shot you took with the heart glitters in the background. Such an inspiring update as always Andrea, thank you! :-)

  5. For glitters that stick up off a curved nail, try wrapping a piece of kitchen plastic wrap across the top of the nail and pinch & hold underneath the finger to hold the glitters in a rounded shape. Cure in the light with the plastic wrap still held tightly on. It’s best to do this one finger at a time (unless you have several extra hands lol). The plastic wrap will peel off and won’t stick to the gel, and your big glitters will conform to the exact shape of your nail!

  6. Pam says:

    SO SO SOOOO cute!!! Love it! <3

  7. This is a rather unique mani! Lovin it :)