Newspaper Nails

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My nails went and had a run-in with a Mandarin newspaper!  Pretty cool, right?  I like to think so.  I’ve seen this idea a few times, and then my friend Anya took the plunge and gave it a try.  It’s so easy!  I couldn’t not try it myself!

At a recent girls’ night, Anya brought over a Mandarin newspaper that she’d grabbed from a Chinese food restaurant. We proceeded to snip out bits of the for sale/rent section and pretty up our nails.

You can have wordy nails too, in a few simple steps:

  1. Paint your nails in a fairly light colour (I usually do 2 coats).  Allow them to really dry.
  2. Pour a little dish of rubbing alcohol (a shot glass works well, but don’t drink it!).  If you don’t have rubbing alcohol, I’ve heard that vodka works too.
  3. Dip a fingernail into the rubbing alcohol, then press on a piece of newspaper.  Press firmly and hold it in place for a few seconds.
  4. Carefully peel off the newspaper, and you should have wordy nails!
  5. Just add a topcoat to seal it in, and you’re good to go.

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Mine are pretty messy. You can do better!


About Shauna

I fell in love with the art of rubber stamping when I was 12 years old. I blame my grandparents. I already had every crafty hobby imaginable when they bought me a few stamps, an ink pad, and some embossing powder. I was hooked. From that point on, no special occasion has gone unmarked by one of my hand-crafted creations. Scrapbooking came next, and though it isn't my first love, it's a close second.
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6 Responses to Newspaper Nails

  1. Margaret says:

    ok, I have to admit those are pretty cool. Sadly I couldn’t pull it off as my nails are nonexistent, but I like!

  2. Amanda says:

    That I really pretty cool, I may just have to try it!

  3. Steph W. says:

    Hey those are cool!
    I was reading another blog and found this link….hmmm now a have more nail things i wanna try…lol

  4. Shauna says:

    That looks cool, but messy!
    A friend of mine saw a “swirly nailpolish disaster” type tutorial that was a girl trying to do that marbling thing but totally failing and making a mess. Maybe you’ll do better!

  5. nathan! says:

    shauna! I am totally going to do this with a crossword puzzle!!! unrelatedly – are you showing yet? can we get some pictures please? girl!

    xo Nath

  6. Shauna says:

    Maybe on LJ soon!
    The crossword idea is great!

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