Sweater Nails

Sweater Nails

 

It’s Sweater weather time! Crisp air, fall is ending and winter is right around the corner. What better way to stay warm by the fire with your hot chocolate, blanket and favorite sweater than to have matching sweater nails.

 

Koko and Claire has joined with Clear Jelly Stamper again to bring you this amazing sweater nail kit. Not only does this kit include everything you need to make your own sweater nails, but it includes the first exclusive Koko & Claire Stamper. The best part is that it’s the same amazing stamper invented by CJS but now with a metal holder!

 

Join me as I take you through how to make five different sweater nail techniques using this new kit.

 

 

What you need for supplies:

  • K&C Sweater Kit (containing art powder, art sugar, art gel, chrome pallet #4, stamper, scraper, CJS polish #093, stamping plate CJS-218, & detailer brush.)
  • K&C Gel Polish colour of your choice (I used 310-Hotsy Totsy and 307-Totally Tawny)
  • K&C Matte Top Coat
  • K&C Shine or Gloss Top Coat
  • Other CJS Polish colours (I used 006,001,S02)
  • Dust Brush (I used Rosie’s Big Sis)

 

 

Lets Get Knitting…… umm…. or Stamping Sweater Prints  

 

 

Nail #1 - Acrylic Pour

 

  • Paint on your base colour of choice and cure (I used 310 Hotsy Totsy)
  • Add on a Matte top coat and cure.
  • Select a sweater image from CJS-218 plate and using CJS polish #093 stamp image into your nail.
  • Taking the detailer brush and art gel, begin to trace over all the stamped image lines.
  • Don’t cure yet!!
  • Now take the Art Powder (acrylic powder) and pour or scoop it over the entire nail. Do this several times, making sure to cover every bit of art gel.
  • Shake off excess and double cure (120secs).
  • Brush & Wipe off the Nail and you are complete.
  • You now have a Matte Nail with a raised Matte Sweater Pattern
  • Want a shiny background? Use Shine top coat instead of Matte top coat at the beginning.

 

 

  

 

 

Pro Tip:

Why do we double cure? The curing lamp needs to penetrate a thicker product when using the art gel and acrylic. This ensures that the product is fully cured and less chipping will occur.

 

 

Nail #2 – Fine Glitter Sugaring

 

  • Same as Nail #1 but with one difference….Glitter!!
  • Paint on your base colour of choice and cure (I used 310 Hotsy Totsy)
  • Add on a Matte top coat and cure.
  • Select a sweater image from CJS-218 plate and using CJS polish #093 stamp image into your nail.
  • Trace over all the stamped image lines with the art gel.
  • Don’t cure yet!!
  • Then take the Art Sugar (fine glitter) and pour or scoop it over the entire nail several times, making sure to cover every bit of art gel.
  • Shake off excess and double cure (120secs).
  • Brush & Wipe off the Nail to complete
  • Use Shine top coat instead of Matte top coat at the beginning if you want a shiny background.
  • You now have another Matte Nail with a raised Sweater Pattern but in Glitter!!

   

Nail #3 – Acrylic Pour with Coloured Stamps

 

  • Want to change to colour of the images? Then use a different CJS polish colour.
  • Steps are the same as Nail #1 but with colour changes.
  • For the base colour I used #307 Totally Tawny.
  • For stamping polish I used CJS Polish #001 and #006.
  • Use any colour combination you can think of!

   

  

 

Tip:

Any stamping image can be used – but choose images that are easy to trace the lines, as this will give the best effect of the acrylic or glitter

 

 Nail #4 – Chrome – Raised Design

 

  • Paint Nail a base colour and cure (I Used #310 Hotsy Totsy)
  • Apply Matte Top Coat and cure
  • Matte Top Coat is Important as the chrome will stick to other top coats!!
  • Stamp sweater image into the nail with CJS Polish #093
  • Trace over the stamp image with the art gel.
  • Important!! Only partially cure the art gel ….. 10-20 secs is usually best. This enables the chrome to stick to the art gel.
  • Select a chrome colour and rub it into the art gel with a sponge brush. The more you rub the more chrome like it will look.
  • Brush off the excess chrome.
  • Now cure the nail again, this time for the full 60 secs to fully cure the art gel. (This is a must as the art gel will peel off if not fully cured)
  • Now top coat with K&C Shine or Gloss top coat. Apply liberally to coat over all the chrome.
  • Turn your nail upside down for 5-10 secs to let the top coat fill in the gaps. This reduces the pitting that chrome likes to cause.
  • Then do a full cure of the top coat.
  • Repeat a 2nd layer of top coat for best results over chrome.
  • Nail #4 is done!

   

  

Nail #5 – Chrome Flat Design 

  • I wanted to compare the difference of just using chrome with CJS sticky polish compared to using it with the art gel.
  • First paint on your base colour of choice and cure (I used 310 Hotsy Totsy)
  • Add on a Matte top coat again so the chrome won’t stick to the whole nail and cure.
  • Before you stamp we need to get the chrome ready!
  • Taking an old stamper head (because chrome is messy) rub your desired chrome colour onto the stamper head with a sponge brush and set it aside.
  • Select a sweater image from CJS-218 plate and using CJS sticky polish #S02 stamp image into your nail.
  • Now immediately after pick up the chromed stamper and press the chrome into the stamped sticky polish several times to ensure you get everything all covered.
  • Let it dry for a bit.
  • Now top coat with K&C Shine or Gloss. Two layers of top coat is recommended over the chrome.
  • And your done!

  

  

What do you think? Are sweater nails your favorite? I know they are one of my favorite art designs to do. The pattern and colour possibilities are endless.

 

 

Give this one of these sweater nails a try and make sure to tag us, @kokoandclaire and @clearjellystamper on social media so we can see and share your sweater creations.

 

To view the full video check out the Koko & Claire YouTube Channel

https://youtube.com/channel/UCohIpbaDx4Xqy0Z2Kmgs3Ag

 

Stay warm everyone, and I will see you in the next Blog

 

❄️Heather ❄️

@splash.of.sass.nails


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