At first, this design may look like a Christmas tree next to an egg yolk or like a whole bunch of random dots. Haha!
They’re really supposed to be Haunted House Nails – see how the black house has all the lights on? The small yellow ‘light’ can be seen from the windows. And that big ol’ egg yolk? Imagine that it’s a moon in the sky.
In my other photos of it in different lighting, hope you’re able to humour me and see a haunted mansion at night. 🙂
I could see how you could tweak this design for Christmas. Instead of different-sized little dots, add multicoloured little dots for the string of lights.
To create this, I used a combination of nail stamping and freehand painting.
When I visited my mom on Sunday and showed her this, I asked her to guess what they were. “Dots!” She said. Hehe, okay, that’s technically correct. When I asked my boyfriend, he thought they were stylized Christmas trees. 😛
A man in his 50’s actually paused mid-sentence to tell me that he really liked my nails! (That was the first time an older man commented on my nails out of the blue…hehe, and on this Christmas-tree-and-egg-yolk design, too!)
There was also a little girl who kept staring at my nails on the subway. She was soooo cute! Every time I’d look at her, she’d look away and pretend that she wasn’t looking at my nails. Then, when I looked away, I could see her leaning forward to look at my fingers. Maybe she was trying to figure out what eggs had in common with trees. Or why someone had egged the tree. 😛
Haunted House Nail Art Swatches
All swatches have:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 3 coats of China Glaze Zombie Zest
- Haunted House & Bat (on Thumb Nail) Stamping: Konad Special Nail Polish in Black
- Ground: OPI I Only Date Werewolves (black mini polish from the OPI Spookettes set)
- Windows: Orly Spark (yellow)
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
*~* Nail Art Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
- China Glaze Zombie Zest
- Orly Spark
- Konad Special Nail Polish in Black
- OPI I Only Date Werewolves (from the OPI Spookettes set)
- OPI Mummy Knows Best (from the OPI Spookettes set)
- Bundle Monster Image Plate BM 224
- Bundle Monster Image Plate BM 213
- Daniel Stone Art Tool #1
Step 1: Apply a Base Coat
Step 2: Paint Your Nails a Base Colour
I just love sparkly, swampy greens! This is China Glaze Zombie Zest from the Hallowe’en collection from last year.
The colour, although gorgeous, was a tad bit too dark to provide enough contrast between it and the black haunted house. I suggest that if you want to recreate this design that you use a lighter lacquer for the background colour.
Wait until this is completely dry before continuing. If you don’t, when you stamp over it, your polish will smudge and/or dent.
Bite-Sized Quickie China Glaze Zombie Zest Review
I really adored this polish alone because it’s so sparkly and has that swampy thang goin’ on that I love so much. Sometimes it looks golden, and other times it appears greener.
It was a bit sheer and watery, so it required at least 3 coats. Also, I suggest waiting a long time before applying your fast-drying top coat, or you may get more noticeable tip wear. (That’s what happened to me as you can see in the above photo. I actually wore this polish solo and the Haunted House design was an afterthought…a couple of days later!)
Step 3: Stamp on the Haunted Houses
They don’t have to be in the same spot on each nail. Not all houses are built equally. 😉 And, if you have tiny nails like I do, you won’t be able to fit the whole house on your pinkie finger anyway. (I recommend stamping on the house lower so that you still get the steeple.)
If you’re new to the wonderful world of nail stamping, please check out my Konad Tutorial that I published when I first started out. I explain how to do it with step-by-step instructions and visual aids.
And if you’d like to see photos and a review, be sure to check out my Bundle Monster Image Plate post.
Step 4: Let Everyone Know That the Lights Are On (& Somebody’s Home) 😛
Since the contrast between the background polish and the dark haunted house wasn’t big, I wanted to bring some life to it. I decided to use my dotting tool and cover the windows with a bright-yellow polish.
Looking back now, I should’ve used a nail-art brush instead of my dotting tool (so it wouldn’t look so rounded), but that’s okay. I still enjoyed the way it turned out.
Also, you’ll notice that this time, I didn’t use tin foil as my little palette where I’d apply some polish and then dip my dotting tool into it. This time, I applied some polish onto the Bundle Monster image plate, and used it as the palette.
Step 5: Add the Ground
We don’t want our haunted house getting a big head, now, do we? So keep it grounded by adding a quick little swipe of black polish on the tips of your nails kind of like what you would do if you were painting the white tip of a French manicure.
Don’t worry if the polish looks raised compared to the haunted house. Later when you add a top coat, it’ll blend in. 🙂
Step 6: Start the Moon
Since I wanted to ensure that the moon would be bright, I decided to add a white base colour. Really, though, you can just use your yellow and then go over it with a second coat.
I used my dotting tool and dabbed it a few times to create a larger circle since I didn’t have one big enough.
Wait about 10 minutes to allow the moon to dry a bit before proceeding to the next step.
Step 7: Finish the Moon
I went over the white circles with yellow. As you can see, I didn’t fully cover the white. Hehe, I thought I did, because to the naked eye, it looks all yellow. When it’s blown up larger than life, well, not so much. 😛
Make sure you wait 15 minutes or longer after all this. The moon especially needs time to dry because the polish is thicker there. If you rush to the next step, you’ll get a lot of smearing.
Step 8: Add a Top Coat
Do you enjoy being scared? Are you a fan of haunted houses? Do you go all out with the decorations at Hallowe’en?