Festive Nails for Chinese New Year: Konad Stamps

Happy Lunar New Year!

It’s the most spectacular holiday in the lunar calendar and 2016 is the year of the Monkey. Lunar New Year is a day to visit relative’s and bring gifts. My husband is Chinese, so we’re preparing for the festivities.chinese_new_year_nailsI’ll be getting ready for the new year by painting my nails a beautiful bold red, the national color of China. Red symbolizes good luck and fortune. For some glamour, I added a golden floral print to each nail by using my Konad stamp. Gold is a lucky color worn by emporers as well as a symbol of lavishness in the Chinese culture. chinese_new_year_polishPolishesOPI Base Coat, USL Airlines in KBJ Kings Canyon, OPI Nail Lacquer in Cashmere, and OPI Top Coat.

chinese_new_years_konadNail design tools: Konad scraper, plate, and stamp (thanks to our friends at Little Pink Blog for this gift!)

Steps:

  1. Prep your nails by applying base coat to keep the nails from chipping.
  2. Brush a thin coat of red nail polish and wait for it to dry. I used Kings Canyon, which is my favorite shade of red. I used one coat, but you can apply two.
  3. Using the Konad kit, brush the gold lacquer onto the stencil you want.
  4. Remove the excess polish with the scraper in one swiping motion.
  5. Take the stamp and press onto the plate to transfer the design
  6. Stamp your nail by going from one direction to the other.
  7. Once it’s dry brush on a top coat.

 

I hope these nails bring you good fortune! Good luck! How are you celebrating Chinese New Year?

Happy New Year!