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Marbled Nails

I was just gonna post a pic. since this is my first attempt at this.  But since I still had all my supplies mess out, I figured, “what the hey!  let’s make a tutorial out of this!”

So today is your lucky day.

Gather all the supplies you will need.  Which is just things you should already have at home.

Please ignore that mess and if you can’t read the text on the photo its warm water in a disposable cup, toothpicks, colors of your choice (I chose red, white, and blue as independence day is approaching), top coat, nail polish remover, cotton balls, and tooth picks.

Drip your polish into the cup to make a bullseye pattern like so.  It is very important that the caps already be unscrewed of your polish because it dries very quickly.

Very lightly swirl the polish with the tooth pick. 

Dip your finger into the polish nail side down.  Use the tooth pick to gather all that extra polish around your finger.

(gross. please don’t pay attention to Big M’s grody fingernail)

Here it is almost finished.  You have to clean that mess off your finger and be very careful not to get any nail polish remover or cotton near your cute new manicure.  Paint it with a topcoat so it lasts a little longer. 

Here’s a close-up of mine done.  As I have pointed out I have a few smudges and it’s still a little messy around the cuticle area. 

TIP:  I painted a white topcoat on my nails to make the colors pop a little more.  I didn’t do this on B’s nails and it didn’t seem to make too much of a difference.

The Low Down

This is really cute, but takes practice and a ton of patience.  You must work very quickly.  The mess your left with after you dip your nail makes me question whether or not its even worth the trouble.  Some tutorials tell you to put tape around your finger.  But, I’m impatient and the way I see it, you’d still probably get polish around your cuticle so I didn’t even bother with that.  I’ll probably do it again because I like nail art, but leopard print is seriously easier.  (:

 

 

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A Tutorial, or Two. Felt Rosettes & Partially Lined Alligator Clip

After a busy few days, I’m finally making my first tutorial.  Yay!  With a ton of pictures.  Felt rosettes are so popular right now.  You can glue them on a clippie, decorate with them, use them as gift toppers, even put them on a pin.  I used mine for a clippie for my daughters. 

Supplies

  • square of felt
  • clippie
  • hot glue gun
  • glue
  • scizzors
  • pencil
  • ribbon (for lining clippie)
  • embelishments (if you want)

Pic basically showes the size of your square.

Use the pencil to round off your corners.  This is not a must, you can of course free hand it.

Of course you cut out the circle now.

Next, cut your circle into a spiral.  It will form a long strand of felt.  You will be left with a circle at the end. 

Finally, to make the rosette you roll your felt up starting from that skinny point at the end.  Not the circle end.

 That circle at the end, it covers the bottom of the rosette perfectly.

I cut out leaves for this tutorial.  Of course you don’t have to do that if you don’t want to.

 Now here it is glued.  See, you can’t even see the underside.  I love how finished it looks.  And it’s effortless.

Glue the leaves together, and glue them on the rosette underside. 

Now, lining the aligator clip is a no brainer, but I thought as long as I’m doing a tutorial, I’d throw it in, incase you need it.

I measure my ribbon by pinching it the entire length of the clip and wrapping it around the top to the underdiside just just enough to cover the area where you pinch the clip.  I hope I explained that well.  There are pics.  At the end I glue it all the way around.

Now the clip is glued onto the flower.  You can make several and cluster them.  Put them on a headband.  Embelish them if you’d like.  I used a single peral in the blue rosettes.  And now B will model several of them.

I hope you like my first tutorial and have fun making these little lovlies.  :)