A lot of people are over crackle polishes because every company is putting out the same colors. It’s becoming a game of copycat.
But I’m still on the Crackle Caboose! Although, I did feel the need to do something different by creating this Rainbow Crackle Konadicure.
I made use of Konad Special Nail Polishes, Bundle Monster Image Plate BM-208, and OPI Alpine Snow.
This is the first time that I’ve used more than one stamping color on the same image. And I’m pleased with how it turned out, even though it’s not perfect. Reminds me a bit of a painting because of the way some of the colors bled.
What do you think of this rainbow crackle manicure? Still sick of the crackle trend?
Rainbow Crackle Konadicure Swatches
All swatches have:
- 1 coat of OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
- 2 coats of OPI Alpine Snow
- Stamping polishes (Konad Special Nail Polish): Green, blue, purple, pink, yellow & red
- 1 coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Bundle Monster Image Plate BM-208 Picture
Bundle Monster Image Plate BM-208 Review (Crackle image on left)
If you remember a previous post I did, I tried out the other crackle pattern (the one in the middle) on this image plate. (Check out my Crackle Manicure with Sephora by OPI Caught with My Khakis Down here.)
Since that turned out well, I decided to try the other crackle pattern (on the left). Since the stamping color would show up most, I decided to use multiple colors for a rainbow effect. And I used OPI Alpine Snow for the background to accentuate the bright colors.
The image itself picked up very well, but because I was in a hurry (why am I always in a hurry?), there’s some smudging and there are missing sections. But y’know what? I think the imperfections add to this particular manicure because it doesn’t look so…stenciled. It has more of a personal touch.
*~* Rainbow Crackle Nail Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
- OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
- Konad Special Nail Polish (Red, pink, yellow, purple, green & blue)
- OPI Alpine Snow
- Konad stamper & plastic scraper
- Bundle Monster Image Plate BM 208
Konad Tutorial: Check out my Konad Tutorial for step-by-step written instructions & visual aids to make nail stamping easier!
Konad & Bundle Monster Supplies:
- Bundle Monster Image Plate BM-208: Came in a 25-piece set for $21.99 USD that you can buy here
- Konad Special Nail Polish: 11 mL – $6.99 USD each
- Konad Stamper (came in a set with a metal scraper): $4.99 USD for set
- Konad Plastic Scraper: $2.50 USD
- Where to Buy Konad Supplies: Konad Stamping Nail Art, Trans Design, Head2Toe, WowSoCool, OC Nail Art & select mall kiosks
Step 1: Unscrew the caps from all your bottles. The last thing you want to be struggling with when your nails are wet is opening up a difficult cap. Also, get all your materials ready and within arm’s reach.
Step 2: Apply your basecoat and allow to dry. (I used OPI Natural Nail Base Coat.)
Step 3: Apply enough coats of white-creme polish for full (or almost full) opacity and allow to dry completely. This is important so that the vibrant rainbow colors you use really pop.
Alternative color idea: How about painting your nails all black and then using several different metallic polishes? You’d get a cool futuristic finish! If you do this, show me. I’d love to see your creativity at work. 🙂
Step 4: Choose the stamping colors you’d like to use. Apply the colors in stripes diagonally across the image on the plate. (See image below.)
It’s okay if the colors touch. Actually, the nails I liked the most were the ones where the colors bled into each other.
I realize that not everyone is a nailphile like I am, so even if you have just 2 different colors, you can still use this technique. Just alternate the stripes between the 2 colors.
But if you have many colors, I suggest changing the order of the striped colors for each nail. This way you’ll get to enjoy all the colors and won’t just see the same main color on every single nail. (E.g. You can see on my middle finger, the pink and yellow mainly show, whereas on my pinkie, just the red and pink show. It’s nice to have that variation.)
Step 5: Use the plastic scraper to scrape the excess polish off. Scrape in the same direction as the stripes, unless you actually want more colors to bleed into other colors (which is a cool effect, too).
From this point, you need to work really fast before the polish dries.
Step 6: Pick up the image on your stamper and transfer the image onto your nail. Repeat for all nails.
Step 7: After waiting 10-15 minutes, apply a top coat to seal all your hard work.
Step 8: Talk with your hands a lot so you can show off your cool new rainbow crackle Konadicure! 😀
I hope you’ll try this and come up with your own designs as well!
Are you tired of the crackle trend? Do you like this twist? What color combinations would you use instead?
Oooh I love it. I get paid tomorrow… I want some Konad goodies! xx
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Thanks – which Konad plate or polishes do you think you’ll get?
P.S. Love the eye look you did. And those shoes are killer! Awesome all around. 🙂
This is gorgeous!!!! I love the colors!
Thanks so much. 🙂
I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out when I was working on it. And I was surprised that the color bleeding didn’t bother me and was actually one of my favorite parts about the finished look.
WoW, this looks fabulous! I wondered how this can be done and it doesn´t sound too difficult. Love it!
Yes, it’s so much easier to do, but the results look like you spent way more time than you actually did. I love manicures like this!
Are you thinking about trying your hand at a multi-colored Konadicure soon?
One word: Brilliant!!!!!!
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Two words: Thank you!!!!! 😀
Okay, and then a few more words: I really appreciate your support. It motivates me to continue posting up my attempts at nail art.
This looks awesome! You are always so great with stamping, and the colour choices you make. 🙂
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I’m so pleased to hear that you like it! Awww…*blushes*…thanks for the compliment! 😀
O.M.G. this is SO awesome!!!! I seriously can NOT wait to try this!! Great idea, Mary! 😀
Thanks so much. 😀 I’ll have to try stamping with multiple colors again for future designs. This just opened up a world of possibilities.
I’d love to see you try it out. Please show me if you take photos! 🙂
I love this 🙂 so cute!!! I really need to get my hands on a konad!
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Thanks so much. And yes, you should definitely try it. Konading is so much fun and very rewarding! 😀
Are there certain plates that you have your eyes on? There are so many great ones. And Bundle Monster has such unique plates, too.
that’s the coolest crackle effect i have ever seen
Thanks soooooooooo much! 😀 There are definitely so many crackles on the market. Wanted to put my own little spin on it. Plus I couldn’t decide on a single color. 😛
Do you think you’ll be getting any Bundle Monster image plates? They second set they put out are phenomenal! They really improved the quality compared to the first set.
This is so great! I recently got the BM plates, and will be trying this out ASAP
Glad you liked the design idea I came up with. 🙂 You’re gonna love those Bundlemonster plates.
When you try out the design, can you show me? I’d love to see!
This is amazing! I just recently started doing faux-nad with the Bundle Monster set I ordered. I absolutely love it. I’ve been looking for really nice pictures and ideas and I came across your blog. Now I’ve ordered another set for my co-worker’s birthday b/c I’ve gotten her obsessed also.
I too prefer to do manicures at home. I like being able to duplicate something that costs tons of money and IMO – do it better. I taught myself to do acrylic nails at home too. I will definitely keep reading your blog it’s very informative! Thanks!
Have you ever done water marbling on your nails? It’s also a bit messy but it’s a LOT of fun too. If you look water marbling up on youtube, check out the videos by Simple Little Pleasures. She does amazing nail vids. I don’t know her personally but I like the videos.
Thank you for your ideas! :o)
I’m glad that you enjoyed my little multicolor experiment and appreciate all the hard work put into the blog! 🙂
Hehe, keep spreading the polishing/stamping obsession. 😉 It’s so much fun that it’s hard not to share.
No, I’ve never tried water marbling, but I have seen Simple Little Pleasures videos and I agree, she’s amazing! I’m going to try it someday because I love how each nail is totally like a work of art. If I’m successful, watch for the manicure in a future Swatch And Learn post. 🙂
i love it!!!!
Thanks so much! 😀 Do you think you’ll try out nail stamping using several colours on a single image plate? It’s really fun!
I just found this blog and I have to say this particular nail design is amazing! I absolutely love it and will definitely be giving it a try. Great blog and thank you for the inspiration. I will surely being giving you kudos!
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Hey Nicole Marie!
I’m soooo glad that you enjoyed this design, but I’m even more thrilled that you’ll be trying your hand at something like it. Please send me a link to your blog post if you publish your manicure because I must check it out. 🙂 I’m sure it’ll inspire me.
wow, that’s SO cool! I’m gonna try this when I go off to summer camp in a week.