Floral Grunge - The Tutorial!

Hey loves!
I got the tutorial for this mani done sooner than expected, I know some of you were super excited for it, so here it is!!!
And it's LOADED with pics!

I've kept them small to save load time, but you can click any pic to enlarge it.



Items you will need for this mani:
White Polish
Black Polish
Bright Pink or any neon or contrasting color polish (green, red, orange, etc...)
Base Coat
Matte Topcoat
Wax Paper/Freezer Bag/Sheet Protector/Heavy Plastic
Striping Brush or Striper Polish
Makeup Sponge

Optional Items:
Stamping Plate with Rose design
Stamping Accessories
Striping Tape

Now for MY tutorial, I have used all of the above. The reason I list a few items as optional is because you COULD freehand the rose and you COULD make stripes with white polish instead of using tape. But tape in this mani is very easy to use, it doesn't have to be precise and it doesn't have to stick completely down!


Wax Paper. Anything as listed above will work here. It's so that your polish can easily peel off of the surface. So this, or plastic freezer bags or sheet protectors...something like parchment/wax paper or heavy plastic essentially.

Base coat. I use CND Stickey, but any base will do. Or topcoat if you don't have basecoat (but you should always have basecoat!)

Apply a rather thickish layer of the clear polish to your wax paper. Allow to dry (basically, about 30 minutes you should be good on a thick layer)

Here are some of the items I've used for this mani.

And here are some more!

While your clear polish on wax paper is drying, paint your nails with 2 coats of white polish. Here I'm using OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.

After you have painted your nails and your clear polish on wax paper is dry, you can begin the next step - here I have layed out everything to get started doing my stamping.

I've got my rose on my stamper, using Konad Special Black polish.

Stamp on top of your clear polish. I did single roses for the fingers and I did a double rose for the thumbs by just stamping the roses closer together. You could always do single roses and apply two to the thumb, or whatever you feel like!
THIS IS STAMP RA-116 from Red Angel

Next I took my striper brush and hot pink polish - here it's China Glaze Beauty Within

And I filled in all of the areas that were clear on the polish/stamp decal.

Once this has dried you are guaranteed that your white polish should be sufficiently dry as well.
Peel the clear polish/rose decal from your wax paper

Cut to size

Get your striping tape pieces ready to go! If you opt to paint your stripes on, skip this step.

Sponge and decal, ready to rock.

Place the decal lightly on your nail to get an idea of where its going and the space left open around it.

Apply your tape accordingly so that they lead up to where the image will be. Like I mentioned before, they don't have to be exact or perfect and they don't have to stick entirely down.

Doublecheck your decal and make sure everything is working for you.

Paint black polish on your sponge and lightly sponge excess off. You want a LIGHT coating that you can go back over, not a big black blob.

Begin your sponging, a little at a time and be sure and reapply polish to the sponge regularly or your sponge will start to come off on your nail.

I like to paint polish on the very edge of the sponge and dig in the corners and get it super black there, so it fades out to lighter/grittier black as it comes in toward the middle of the nail.

When you are happy with your sponging, remove your tapes! If you didn't use tape, you would have sponged directly on the nail in the same shape, but then here you would go in with a striping brush and white polish and draw in your lines/stripes

It's coming together now, isn't it!?
Next, in the circled area, apply a quick dry topcoat

Your nail (aside from the topcoat) is basically dry at this point (sponging dries FAST!) so place your decal on and press it down good. You may or may not have pieces sticking off the nail - no worries Just make sure its down and there aren't any parts on the nail sticking up.

Get some nippers or nail clippers/scissors

Cut off any excess of the decal. Any teeny tiny pieces can be folded under if need be.

Get your matte topcoat ready! This is my favorite right now!!

Apply matte topcoat to entire nail! As you can see, any lines from the decal edges are now invisible from the topcoat!

With a cleanup brush and acetone, now it's time for cleanup!!

Clean clean!! Get that polish off those cuticles!

And we are DONE!






So...while this may seem like a totally long and painful process, here is the deal.
It's not!
It's a mani you can do while you are doing other things.
It's like prepping one meal for another night while you make tonights dinner!
You can do it all at once, or you can prep the decals and use them later!
They will dry out after about a week if you don't put them in a piece of folded up paper or something, though!

I hope you enjoyed!
And if you decide to take on the challenge - I would LOVE to see what you do!



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64 comments

  1. So love this!!! Thank you for sharing

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  2. Thank you for sharing going to copy those sometime

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    1. you're welcome! would love to see if you do!

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  3. This is an amazing tutorial and gives me all sorts of ideas for new ways to use my stamping plates. SO EXCITE. Thank you!!

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    1. yes you can do so much more with stamps now!!! glad you enjoyed it!

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  4. Pretty awesome! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

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  5. I love this tutorial, it is very good

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  6. awesome art and a really clear and easy to follow tutorial - you rock my world missy moo !!

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  7. Thanks for listening to us and posting this tutorial :)

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  8. I'm lately using the decal method to do all my stamping because dammit, I just can't get into the edges and near my cuticles perfectly! This is an awesome tutorial! Definitely going to try it! Thank you lady!

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    1. its great for placing right where you want, i too have a problem getting things straight and/or lined up with my nail the right way.

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  9. awesome!!Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  10. I love the look of this, thanks for showing us how you did it.

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    1. thanks! glad you enjoyed it! its super simple!

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  11. Thanks for the tutorial! I must try making stamp-decals!

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    1. its fun! im going to spend one day just making random decals for a rainy day!

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  12. This is amazing, your nails look like a zine!

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  13. So creative! Thanks for the nailspiration! :)

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  14. This is great! Thank you never thought to use my stamping plates that way :)

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  15. Awesome awesome awesome!!!!!!!
    Great tutorial and AMAZING design!! Thank you so much for it!!!

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  16. I absolutely love this look! These are gorgeous!

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  17. Awesome tutorial! I need to try that coloured stamper technique!

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    1. do! so easy and it adds so much more to your designs!

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    1. hehe thank you! i havent seen much of you stranger! hope you are well!

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  19. This is awesome! Thanks for the tutorial :)

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    1. you are very welcome my dear! and thank you!! <3

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  20. Oooooh, I tried that decal method and did a little blue Autism footprint mani on FB. Turned out so neat, thank-you! Courtney Hartman....and YOU rock, chickie!

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  21. But I did find that Poshe and SV quick dry polishes did not work well....plain slow dry topcoat dried fast, white the speed dry ones were sticky 10 min later!

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    1. i use out the door, which seems to dry fairly quick for me, plus i use a very very thin coat to apply the decal. any thin coat of polish will probably work, quick dry or not.

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    2. Oh, lol...I meant to make the decal itself...on the wax paper, SV took forever to dry

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    3. oooh. do you mean what you stamp on? i actually use a basecoat for this part, but you could really use anything. ive used all kinds of random stuff, and since i am not generally in a hurry for it to dry it doesnt much matter to me what i use, whatever clear thing is closest usually!
      this technique has always been one i use when im prepping for a mani at another time, so id say just use whatever you find dries the quickest if you are doing it all same day.

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  22. i am the shittiest stamper alive, and your decal method is excellent! thank you so much!

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    1. hahah well i am probably the 2nd shittiest stamper alive, so im sure glad i have this method to fall back on!! you are so welcome!

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  23. Making them right now. The sponge is looking so great just have to make the decals can't wait

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  24. Flippin amazing Missy! I might need to do a 'Monkey See's, Monkey Does!'

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  25. Kyndra @ Two Kittens BeautyMay 6, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    I love this look! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  26. Miranda ChristopherJune 9, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Wow! This is just amazing. Dude. You rock!

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