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Digit-al Dozen Does Skittles: Bam! Pow! Comic Nails

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It's day three of Digit-al Dozen Skittles Week! Today's mani is super fun. The second I saw the comic plate from Vivid lacquer (VL011), I knew I was going to use it for this challenge. It's genius! (BTW...have you entered my giveaway? You can win a Vivid Lacquer Stamping plate PLUS the entire Halloween Collection! Click the link at the top of the blog!)

Vivid Lacquer Comic Plate (VL011)

Now I should tell you, after wrangling with it...I consider this plate to be for the advanced stamper. I only said a few bad words as I used it (and they were really only Tier 1 offenses...LOL). The word bubbles have a lot of area, so you need a good clean scraper and steady hand to ensure you don't pull the polish back out of the plate. Also, some of the finer details in the multiple words image and dotted background image took me a few tries to capture. And I'm not the best center-er of stamped words in stamped bubbles - which drove me nuts and I just couldn't let any uncenteredness go (which is especially tough when it means starting the nail completely over). But this mani can be done!...in three hours (one and a half if you're reasonable, unlike me. LOL.) But it was totally worth it. I love it!!!

Vivid Lacquer Comic Plate (VL011)

The polishes I used are Essie Shake Your Money Maker (green), Zoya Darcy (yellow), Zoya Carmen (red), OPI Keeping Suzi at Bay (blue), and JulieG White Orchid (white). To stamp the black, I used Born Pretty Black Stamping Polish, which I really like. It's almost the consistency of pudding. I had better luck stamping the white with regular polish. My biggest tip with this design is using white acrylic paint to paint over the white word bubbles after you've stamped them. They tend to wash out over a dark background and the white paint makes them pop. Also, use a quick dry topcoat between "layers". I used G&G HK Girl. It makes it super shiny and gives the design depth in person.

The Vivid Lacquer VL011 stamping plate is available for $8USD in the Vivid Lacquer Etsy Store. Follow Vivid Lacquer on facebooktwitter and instagram for promotions and restock news! The Born Pretty Store is having a huge 3rd Anniversary sale with all items at least 20% off. You can use my coupon code (CRL91) to save 10% more. The Black Stamping Polish is available here.

That's the end of DD hump day. Only two more DD manis to go. Getting a little sad, but trying not to think about it. :( Go check out the other skittles from the rest of the Digit-al Dozen!