Sunday, March 14, 2010

ND3: Pie Day

So 3/14 is Pie Day...or rather, Pi Day, for 3.14....

In honor of pie and pi, I decided to do a manicure inspired by both Pi(e)s.

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To start out this Pi(e) manicure, I thought of a peach/cherry pie. A little mix of bright orange and red. The colors that fit this idea perfectly were OPI's The "It" Color for the yellow background, followed by OPI's Brights Power for the orange circle, and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Cherry Red - perfect for red cherries!

For Step 1, I simply covered my nails completely in OPI's The "It" Color, followed by a top coat.

Step 2 is where the blue tape appears! For this design, you'll only need a regular hole punch. I used a three hole punch, but it worked just fine.

To make sure the tape does not stick to the hole puncher, cut a square of tape from the role, then stick it down to a card (I used a neon colored index card I had sitting next to my computer - really any type of cardstock will work). The great thing about painter's tape, is that it is meant to peel off from a surface, so the tape comes right off the cardstock and still sticks nicely to your nails.

Step 3 is a repeat of Step 2, with the same process for the blue tape occurring. Just cut out circles from the blue tape (if you have the time and the will, you can always use a drafting compass to draw a circle the size you want, and then use an exacto knife to cut out each circle, but that would be more labor intensive).

Just paint the second color, making sure it layers opaquely over the other color(s). For the design I chose to do for PiDay, I wanted the circles to be offset from each other. Depending on the width of your nail, you can slant the circles (in the line/angle they are layered over each other) as much as you want.

The final step: Just add top coat!

I hope everyone had a good Pi(e) Day! Did you celebrate with a manicure? And if not, did you at least eat pie?

Thanks for looking! Bye for now.


  1. Using blue tape is pretty ingenious. I've tried to do manicures that require using tape to mask off a part of the nail, and I ended up peeling my polish off when I peeled off the tape. Thanks for the idea!

    I love the concept of your nail design! Happy Pi Day...LOL!

  2. Hi Deb! Yes, there is definitely a reason to use blue tape other than the fact it comes in such a pretty color (I mean, look at that bright blue, what a pretty shade!). The first time I was introduced to using tape, it was scotch tape for a french tip mani, it worked, but not that great. Then I got a roll of blue painter's tape, and - wow - the difference is astounding! Have a blast with the blue tape! (And thanks for stopping by!)

  3. How did I miss this? My blog roll doesn't seem to be getting updated properly. I love this mani, and using the hole puncher is ingenious!

  4. this is so cool! great fun idea!

  5. i love the way you work with the tape! I got lot of inspiration. Thank you!


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