Thursday, March 4, 2010

New and Old Cheshire Cat

Day 2 of 3 for the Countdown to Alice in Wonderland: 3 Days of Wonderland inspired nails.

(Another name I have for this manicure is "Down the Rabbit Hole" because the bright pink and blue clash brightly against each other, giving a dizzying look.)

So this manicure design was inspired by the differences and similarities between Disney's original Cheshire Cat, and the new Cheshire Cat in Tim Burton's adaptation.

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I took the pink from the old Cheshire Cat and striped it with the blue from the new Cheshire Cat...and then added some glitter....

Colors used were Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Fuchsia Power, Wet and Wild Craze in Glitz, OPI in Absolutely Alice, and Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Blue Me Away!...

Step 1 consists of cutting even strips of blue painters tape, so you will have an alternating pattern of tape and nail (as shown on the right nail below).

Then you stripe on the pink polish being sure to layer it evenly and quickly, so you can then pull up the strips of tape on each nail as you go. The size of your strips of tape will vary on nail length and how many stripes you want to fit onto each nail.

After painting the pink polish onto the nail and letting it dry, you then cut 5 pieces of tape (if you are going to have 6 alternating stripes of color). One piece of tape will be used to cover the pink stripe closest to the root of your nail, while for the other two pink stripes, one tape strip will cover one edge of the pink, and the other piece of tape will be laid down over the other edge of the pink stripe so that both edges of each pink stripe that have a chance of touching the blue nail polish will be covered.

This is what the final product of the blue and pink stripes will look like.

Steps 3 and 4 consist of adding glitter to the stripes. For Step 3, start out adding the pink glitter on alternating nails by taping off the blue polish with the same pattern used in Step 2 of cutting 5 slim pieces of blue painters tape, and then laying the pieces down so that the edge of each blue stripe of nail polish is covered completely.

For Step 4, once the pink glitter has dried, tape it off so you can start painting the blue glitter. The same pattern of 5 slim strips of tape to segregate the pink stripes from the blue (as used in Steps 2 and 3) applies here.

Once you are done with your glitter layers, you'll want to add at least one layer of top coat to all the nails (possibly adding a second layer of top coat to the nails with the glitter polish to smooth out the finish).

So, what do you think? The outcome is really bright and sparkly in real life, I'm really loving this look.

This concludes Day 2 of 3 for the Countdown to Alice in Wonderland: 3 Days of Wonderland inspired nails.

Thanks for looking. Bye for now.


  1. this is just way to beautifull!!! love your choice in color too, really makes it pop :)

  2. Hi Cyan:

    You have created masterpieces of striped nail art. The nail artwork is fabulous. Your choice of color is exquisite. I love it! Your web blog is amazing. I now know why it's called Blue Tape (Painter's tape) and Nail tips, your nail tips are gorgeous and so beautiful to admire. Have an amazing day.

    ((((Love Blue Tape & Nail Tips))))

    Mc Huggs :)

  3. @Crystaliciousss: Why thank you! I do love the colors on this (though I have to say, after I took it off, the colors stained...I guess that's the price of bright beautiful polish).

    @Geo58: Hello again! Thank you for the lovely comment! It's always a pleasure to hear my nail art is appreciated, since it is something I take great enjoyment in, even though I just do it for fun.

  4. Holy cow! This mani is wicked cool! I looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove the Cheshire Cat! Great job!
    Btw, my youngest child is named Cyan. I thought he was the only one

  5. Thanks Scandalous! The Cheshire Cat is such a great character, and with such a colorful personality and physique it was hard to ignore the opportunity for a nail design!

    And in regards to my name, Cyan is a penname I write under. There's a story behind it, but I have met someone with the name Cyan before- I believe she was from Ireland. (Though it is quite the unique name...kudos for the choice!)

  6. This is a REALLY awesome manicure!!

  7. Love it am Cheshire cat at a party soo going to do theses nails thx!!!


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