Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas shapes

Update of shapes

So here is an update of everything that has been done since my last post. So sorry for the delay and yes this is all the way back to halloween. Lame right. Next post is christmas shapes so I feel a little bit more up to date ;) I hope everyones holidays are going well.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Halloween Nail Designs

Hey everyone! Awesomeness coming your way. Check out my new nail model Rita Mann's fabulous nails. She has been so kind to do some examples and has even included the names of the nail polish she used. I hope you enjoy these and I think the designs will be up in the silhouette store soon. Just wanted to make sure you all had a chance to see the instructions :) Have a wonderful Halloween!!!!!!

PS: Remember that you may want to try using blue masking tape instead of vinyl if you are having trouble with residue or if the vinyl is peeling off your nail polish :)

Halloween Nail Art Tutorial

What I Used:

1.    OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
2.    OPI Alpine Snow
3.    Essie Stylenomics
4.    Sally Hansen Rock Bottom
5.    Sinful Colors Happy Ending
6.    Sinful Colors Cloud 9
7.    Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Step 1: Always start with a base coat on clean nails.

It protects your natural nails from staining and helps your manicure to last longer.

Step 2: Paint the Base Color

In most cases, this will be the lighter of the two colors in your design.  I applied two coats for solid, even coverage.

Step 3: Apply a top coat

This may sound strange, but I have found that this step reduces the amount of reside left behind by the vinyl.  If you choose not to do this and have some adhesive residue from the vinyl, rubbing alcohol can help to remove it.

Step 4: Allow all layers to dry completely.

This step is crucial in achieving a crisp, clean design.  I use Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat for two reasons.  First, as the name suggests, it speeds up the drying time immensely.  Second, it actually goes through all the layers of polish, bonding them together and creating a smooth, firm base color for your nail design. 

Tip: If I am not in a hurry to complete my manicure, I will stop here and allow my nails to cure overnight. 

Step 5: Apply nail templates

Cut designs from vinyl (or blue masking tape).  Apply to your nail.  Smooth it down to get rid of any bubbles of creases, applying pressure around the inside edges to eliminate any gaps.

Step 6: Apply Second Color

Paint an even layer of your second color over all cut-out areas of the template.  If necessary, apply a second coat to achieve desired opaqueness.

Step 7: Remove Vinyl Template

Peel off vinyl template slowly and carefully. 
Tip: I remove the vinyl design while the second color of polish is still wet, but you can also allow it to dry first.

Step 8: Seal Your Design

Apply a top coat to protect and prolong your manicure.

Also check out these great Mummy Nails. Just use a toothpick or something pointy to add the little pupils to the eyes. Lets all give Rita some praise for the awesome job she did!!!!!

What I Used:

Base: Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat
White: Sally Hansen White On
Green: Sinful Colors Happy Ending
Red: OPI The Show Must Go On!
Black: Essie Stylenomics
Top: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Need a Hand/Nail model

Hey everyone!

I am looking for someone to model my nail designs. My nails are horrible :( You don't have to be in the same state as me.

What you need:

- All you need is a cutting machine (doesn't have to be a silhouette but it needs to be able to open SVG or DXF files)
- vinyl/blue scotch tape
- great nails/hands
- the ability to take great clean pictures
- punctual with sending pictures/ meet a deadline
- Be good at painting your nails :)
- this might be an ongoing thing so you need to consider that

What you will be asked to do:

- be my hand model for instructions and the final look for each of my nail designs.
- take nice, clean, clear pictures
- be on time with sending me pictures.

What do you get:

- all of the nail designs free
- 5 of my shapes from the silhouette library (your choice) per nail design template you use (5 for the stars pattern, 5 for the heart pattern etc.)

How it works:

- I will send you the nail design(s) as both a DXF file and a SVG
- you send me the instructions + final shot pictures
- I send you the 5 shapes for each nail design

Are you interested?:

- Email me a picture of your nails/ hand without nail polish and one with nail polish
- it would be nice to have other pictures showing what kind of look, color combos, designs you like (so I can see what you would do with my nail designs) These don't have to be pictures of your own nails. I just want to see your style and make sure we are a good fit.

Email the pictures to rivkasrenditions@yahoo.com. I will contact the person I choose privately. Please provide a good email address or even a phone number so I can reach you. Thank you everyone and I can't wait to hear from you!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

More Nail Designs

Hope everyone is having fun with these :) here are some more. Some tips:
- sometimes the vinyl leaves some residue- just use some rubbing alcohol before applying your final coat.
- do not glob on your nail polish....it takes forever to dry and when you peel off your template it just makes a hug mess. If you are inpatient like me I would suggest a quick dry nail polish.

You can purchase them at the silhouette store at http://www.silhouetteonlinestore.com/v2/viewPortfolio.aspx?artistId=2581. For instructions visit my blog at http://rivkasrenditions.blogspot.com/2012/08/nail-templates.html

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Nail Templates

Want some awesome nails but don't want to spend the time hand painting them. Well I have the thing for you!!! These are nail polish templates! So excited about this! Here are my first templates with hopefully more to come :)

Things to know before you start:

- You will need to use vinyl. It works so well and comes right off.
- Make sure your nail polish dries completely before you place your template on your nails or take it off.
- There are 13 different sizes that have a rounded side and then a more squared side for your toes.


- Start with clean nails.
- Cut out your design using silhouettes vinyl.
- Paint your nails with your base color(s) This is the color non white colors above just so you can see what your final look might look like.
- pick the best size to fit your nail. They should fit like a fake nail. The zig zag one is different. It has a border around it so make sure the inside part fits to the sides of your nails.
- place your design and smooth it over your nail. It's ok if it extends beyond the end of your nail. Make sure there are not edges sticking up.
- Paint your second coat (shown in white) over your entire nail. (you can mix it up by using multiple colors).
- Wait to dry then peel off the template slowly.
- Seal with a  clear coat to help it last longer.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

3D Castle

K, I really need some feedback. I have spent so much time on this 3d castle, but is it worth it. Would you want to take time to make it. This picture shows it in plain white, missing the rest of its turrets and window/door details. It has already taken 6 sheets of paper without the missing details and turrets.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Cupcake Boxes and Paper Sets

You can find these on the silhouette store at http://www.silhouetteonlinestore.com/v2/viewPortfolio.aspx?artistId=2581

Friday, July 27, 2012

Cupcake Boxes

Hey Everyone,

I have just released some lanterns and cupcake boxes. I am really excited about the cupcake boxes! I can't wait to make more for every occasion. I think they make great gifts and favors for parties and can be used with or without the cupcake insert. Plus they would be great for anyones cupcake business :) Hope you guys enjoy them. You can find them here http://www.silhouetteonlinestore.com/v2/viewPortfolio.aspx?artistId=2581.