“Owl Love” Nail Art with Water Decals

Valentine’s Day is coming up and I’m in the mood to start doing some love themed nail art (even though I’m currently single)!  Last year I did an “owl love” theme and I had to do it again this year using some different water decals.  These cute owl decals are from LuckyStarStyle and the decal sheet comes with three designs on it – an owl on a branch, an owl by itself and two hearts.  The decals from this company work pretty well with gel polish compared to others that I’ve tried.  I used scissors to cut the design from the sheet, dropped it in water for just a few seconds and then rubbed the pattern between my index finger and thumb and the paper backing came right off.   I used some tweezers to pick up the decal and place it onto my nail, and then used my finger to press it down and rub out any air bubbles.  After letting it dry for a minute or two, I applied my top coat over the whole nail and cured.  Decals last the longest when you can get a layer of top coat over and around the entire decal, so I suggest leaving a little space on the edges of your nails otherwise the decal may lift from the edges.

My index finger and pinky have one coat of Gelish All Dahlia-ed Up and two coats of the Gelish Trends topper Too Tough to be Sweet.  My middle finger and thumb have two coats of Gelish Artic Freeze, the brightest white in the Gelish line.  And my ring finger has three coats of Shellac Strawberry Smoothie (which only cures in a UV lamp).  The word “love” was stamped onto my thumb using Bundle Monster holiday plate BM-H16 and Kleancolor Metallic Pink polish.  These Kleancolor metallic polishes work great for stamping!

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11 Responses

  1. Maureen says:

    Soooo darn cute!! I LOVE your blog and your beautiful creations!!

  2. Lou says:

    Absolutely beautiful. I love the owls and the colours you have used. Just too cute for words xx

  3. Wow, this is gorgeous!!

    I’ve been thinking about a lot about wearing Strawberry Smoothie. I think I will give it a first outing very soon. :)

  4. Ana says:

    OMG!!!! This is so prrrreeeeetttyyy!!!!! I super love the color combos and the designs. I think they are so perfect for Valentine’s. Love it!!!!

  5. Gina says:

    I absolutely love this nail design as well as your blog. You are so creative…thank you for sharing this. I have a quick question…I am looking for a tiffany robin blue nail polish. Do you know if gelish currently carries that color or will be any time soon? Are there any other brands that carry that color?
    Thank you

  6. Jolien says:

    this is so adorable

  7. Anna says:

    I love these nails! Some of the cutest Valentines Day nails I’ve seen! I need to get these decals ASAP! :) I was going to suggest for the Tiffany Blue gel polish, if you are a licensed nail tech, Young Nails Mani-Q (you might be able to find it on ebay or Amazon as well) has a color called Green 101 that is a gorgeous almost Tiffany Blue color. Mani-Q has a ton of really great colors that other brands don’t seem to carry as much just FYI! :)

  8. Sue says:

    Do you have issues with the top coat coming off of the decals? I’ve tried water slide several times now and it seems no matter what I do (making sure there’s space around them to seal them, making sure they’re dry before the top coat) the top coat wants to peel off the decals. On the nails that are stamped-there’s no problems.

    • Andrea says:

      Yes, they don’t last for the full length of a gel mani. I’ve been thinking of trying to stick the decal into a layer of wet top coat and then top coating over it again to see if that helps the decal stick better.

      • Sue says:

        I don’t have problems with the decal itself-they stick fine-it’s the layer of top coat that peels off. I have done my nails and top coated them and wiped the tacky off and then put on the decal, then put on more top coat. I’ve tied one and also two layers of top coat with the same results. The layer of top coat seems fine until I either put my hands in water or get a shower, then it wants to bubble up and peel off. I’ve seen suggestions to make sure the decal was dry so there was no water between the layers and I’ve tried that too. The last time I did them the decals were completely dry-same results. Any suggestions?