Messy Mansion Stamping: Koi Fish & Water Nails

This is another mani that I created using a Messy Mansion stamping plate.  Plate MM29 has some awesome aquatic imagery including a koi fish, seahorse, mermaid and various water images.  I started with three coats of Couture Milano, a soft pale blue.  I stamped a water pattern onto each nail using Kleancolor Metallic Aqua.

The coy fish on the middle finger was creating using the stamping decal methodology.  This was my first successful decal, but it took me a few tries before getting it right.  I’m learning that the key to making decals is having patience, something that I lack.  I applied a regular nail polish base coat (Seche Vite) onto a plastic baggie.  After it dried I stamped the fish image onto it and colored it in with a couple of Kleancolor polishes, Metallic Yellow and Metallic Mango.  After letting the decal sit overnight to dry, I lifted it off of the baggie and cut it out with scissors.  I painted a fresh coat of seche vite over my nail and pressed the decal onto the nail until I got it to lay flat.  I cleaned up the edges with polish remover and let the polish dry completely before finishing off with one layer of gel top coat.  I see more decals in my future!  Keep in mind when you’re using regular nail polish with gel polish that you have to let it dry completely before applying gel over top.

Messy Mansion Stamping: Koi fish & water nailsMessy Mansion Stamping: Koi fish & water nails

Here’s what the MM29 stamping plate looks like. I can’t wait to use the image in the center of the plate for some nail art.


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17 Responses

  1. Lori says:

    Gorgeous & your decal is awesome!

  2. Sandy says:

    I got some more plates and I’m keen to try this decal technique! It’s only nail polish, after all, and mistakes clean off the gel polish so easily.

  3. Bunny says:

    This looks so beautiful, just gorgeous! I don’t know where you find the ingenuity, patience, and time to do all of these things. Or the manual dexterity, which I totally lack!
    Did you know that you can also get water decal paper for nails that you print designs on with your printer (inkjet or laser)? I would love to see how you use that, too.

  4. Sammi says:

    Ok I was wondering if any regular nail polish will work with these stamping/decals, you mentioned Seche Vite is that the best or will any do? Thank you for sharing all you tips and tricks.

    • Andrea says:

      I’m not sure what is the best. I used Seche Vite for this since I know it’s a fast drying top coat, but I’m sure there are others that may work better. I haven’t experimented much with other brands yet.

  5. Paola says:

    Is a beautiful mani! I Love the coy fish

  6. Marion says:

    Fantastic mani. I love the coy and also the water effect of the metallic aqua, Which stamp did you use for this?

    • Andrea says:

      The water is the top image shown on the MM29 plate.

      • Marion says:

        Thanks Andrea.
        I will have to get this plate as I love the water effect.
        I have only just started with gelish since the New Year. Now I have caught the bug from watching your demos, they are great.

  7. Arlene says:

    I just got a silicone baking mat to do decals on. This is very pretty!

  8. Kris Barry says:

    Love Messy Mansion plates! I love how they are wide enough for my thumbs. I hadn’t gotten this one yet, but love your decal…it might be in my future.

  9. renee w-b says:

    Really spectacular use of the plate. But I believe it’s spelled koi, not coy.

  10. julia says:

    Your nails look so beautiful!
    I love how all these different colors match together. :)

    xx julia

  11. Jenny says:

    Hi Andrea, have you tried to put a gel top coat (instead of Seche Vite) on your gel nail, stick a decal to it and cure under led light? Will a gel base/top work instead of a regular topcoat? I’m afraid I may scratch or dent a decal while waiting for a nail to completely dry.