Nail Art: Crackle Manicure Using Sephora by OPI Caught With My Khakis Down & Bundle Monster Image Plate BM 208

New Bundle Monster Image Plates BM 208 Crackle ManicureIf you’ve seen my previous blog post, you’ll know that I fell in lust with Caught With My Khakis Down, a jaw-dropping fatigue green, from the Sephora by OPI Safari Luxe Collection.

After wearing it for a little while, I wanted to turn it into a Crackle Manicure. But all the colorful crackle polishes I had didn’t seem to go with it, and I didn’t feel like using OPI Black Shatter or China Glaze Black Mesh.

Then I remembered a new Bundle Monster Image Plate I have (BM 208), which had just the effect I wanted.

As you can see, this design has thin lines that allow the base color to shine through. I really like how the lines form many quadrilaterals.

It reminds me of a spider web…if the spider was spinning its web while drinking Red Bull and listening to the song Seven by Army of the Pharaohs. (Yes, Wilbur, Charlotte’s kids are all grown up now.)

Crackle Manicure Swatches

All swatches have:

Bundle Monster Image Plates BM 208 Crackle Manicure

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Crackle Konadicure Swatches

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Bundle Monster Stamping Plate BM 208 Crackle Nail Art

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Bundle Monster Image Plate BM 208 Nail Art

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Crackle Nail Art Using Bundle Monster Image Plates

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See Sephora by OPI Caught With My Khakis Down swatches without the nail art here!

Bundle Monster Image Plate BM-208 Picture

Bundle Monster Image Plate BM 208

Bundle Monster Image Plate BM-208 Review (Top Crackle Pattern)

As if you couldn’t already tell, I’m a fan of that crackle pattern! Love how the base color doesn’t get overwhelmed by the crackle effect.

The image itself was easy to pick up, however, I wasn’t very careful and smudged a lot of the design (as you can see in the above swatches).

When my nails aren’t blown up under the blogging microscope, the smudges aren’t nearly as noticeable. I don’t mind the mistakes – they’re what make a manicure unique and less like artificial nails.

Key Notes

Nail Stamping Tutorial: Check out my Konad Tutorial for step-by-step written instructions & visual aids to make it easy!

What I Used to Create This Look:

Did you buy the new Bundle Monster image-plate set? Are you tired of the crackle trend or can you not get enough of it? Are there any other Bundle Monster images you’d like me to create nail art with?

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20 thoughts on “Nail Art: Crackle Manicure Using Sephora by OPI Caught With My Khakis Down & Bundle Monster Image Plate BM 208

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kee!

      Thanks! And wow, it’s been a while. Nice to see you here again! :) How are you doing? What’s new?

      I remember you said before that you were able to find OPI Black Shatter. Have you tried it out yet? If so, did you like it?

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      1. Kee

        It’s nice to be back!! Day off tomorrow so expect an update!!! :)

        I tried the black shatter and HOW COOL IS IT!?!? I loved it! Which reminds me, I should use it again soon LOL!

        I finally got to order my new BM plates and I am SOOO rockin this design!!
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        1. Mary Post author

          Woo hoo! You deserve a break – been working so hard. Yes, keep me updated on your nail-polish escapades! Addicts have to rely upon each other in these tough times. Hehe :P

          What color did you choose to layer underneath Black Shatter? The first time I tried it, I used China Glaze Blue Sparrow (blue glitter in a blue jellyish base). There are so many great combinations to try out and not enough fingernails or time!

          Did you see the snakeskin pattern on those Bundle Monster plates? I wanted to use it, but for some reason, my stamper couldn’t pick up the image. After a few tries, I got frustrated. I’ll have to try again another time. (Heh…even though I reallllly don’t like snakes, I’d like a snakeskin print on my nails. Go figure.)

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          1. Kee

            Yeah, I got 2 days off in a row, so it’s quite nice! I haven’t bought nail polish in a looooooong time and I’m kinda itching to go look for new ones.

            I used Black Shatter over China Glaze Peachy Keen! And you’re right…so many color combos to try out!!

            I cannot wait to get my BM plates!! I’m so excited to try them out!
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            1. Mary Post author

              Yeah, it’s tempting, especially because there are so many great collections coming out…and all of these different-colored shatter polishes.

              Nice combination with Black Shatter over Peachy Keen – haven’t seen that one before!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey love4lacquer!

      Glad you liked it! :)

      I took a look at your blog and looked through your stash list. Saw that you have a bunch of crackle polishes. Any favorites?

      I’m curious about the OPI red one because it seems to have a jelly finish. Have you tried it? If so, what did you think of it?

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Ruthe!

      The Bundle Monster image plate I used has an inverted crackle design, too. Bet it would look great if you want the stamping color to show up more than the base.

      It would be neat if nail-polish companies could come up with a clear treatment that can crack any polish. Imagine the possibilities! And then we wouldn’t have to buy all the crackles out there – we could just crack any color we already own. Someone should get on that – it would be huge!

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  1. CupK8

    YES! I dig. I’m also loving the crackle manicure look. I’ve been playing with it all week and getting my non-nail-obsessed friends into it as well. *Eviiiiiiil* :D

    I love this spin on it.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey CupK8!

      Do you have any favorite crackle colors or brands? I’ve only tried OPI Black Shatter and China Glaze Broken Hearted (the pink one) so far.

      Hehe…yesss…we will spread our addiction to everyone around us! Haha! Good work, CupK8. We should have some sort of polish reward as an incentive for converting new people to our lacquer cult. :P

      Glad you liked my little twist on the crackle effect. :D Am really loving Bundle Monster and Konad image plates!

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      1. CupK8

        I only own the OPI Silver Shatter, but I love it. The formula’s a bit gunky at the top when it’s oxidized (go figure), but I LOOOOVE it. I had it over Zoya’s “America” last week and it was probably one of my favorite manicures ever.

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        1. Mary Post author

          Silver and pin-up red sounds like such a fun manicure! A bold statement!

          Lucky you! Silver Shatter is a tough one to find in the stores near me. Well, I did see a full display at a salon when I went hunting for it, but they were being ridiculous, marking it up to $14.95 CAD! I refuse to pay that price when I know it should be going for the regular $9.95 CAD.

          One of my Twitter followers was kind enough to pick up an extra bottle when she found it! It’s on its way to me, and I can’t wait to try it out and blog about it. :D

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Varnish Me Up!

      :) Happy to hear that you like it. It’s really fun to play around with crackle polishes. I wonder how using crackle polishes with image plates would turn out. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a crackle design done with crackle polishes? Hmm…

      The base polish is actually greener than these flash pictures show – not as gray. In the other post where I review and swatch Sephora by OPI Caught With My Khakis Down, I had a tough time accurately capturing the color with my camera, but it’s more true to color than in this crackle post.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Davina!

      Yes, definitely! You can create all kinds of designs easily on our nails from classy and conservative to funky and over-the-top. :) Such a great investment, I think.

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  2. brooke

    i said this on beautylish you follow me but luv luv luv it so much where do u buy the plates from????

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey brooke!

      You can get the Bundle Monster image plates from BundleMonster.com. They also sell them on Amazon.com. :)

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