Thursday, December 22, 2011

Present Tutorial!

Hi All!

I hope everyone is having a relaxing day! Only 3 days left til Christmas!

Today Emm from Circular Insanity asked me to do a tutorial! So, this is for you Emm! Well no one said they liked the green present so I remove it to do this.  So, please don't mind the scuffing on the older nails. Shopping it a rough business!!

Step 1. Pick your colors. You will need 4. Your Base / Topcoat, your base color, your bow color and complimenting color of the bow. 
I used Pure Ice - Platinum for the base polish. I like shiny colors for the presents. But any will do.
Wet n Wild - Lavender Pearlescent for the bow color.   
A light Pink Acrylic for the complimentary color. 
I went lighter so you can see it more clearly. I would normally use either one shade lighter or darker. Unless I used white or black.

 Step 2. Paint your base coat and let it dry. You could also stamp on a pattern is you want your wrapping paper to have a design. Then I always put on a thin topcoat. to help with any bleeding that may or may not happen. 

Step 3. Paint the complimentary color on like a cross. Let is dry. Doesn't take long.  You can click on the picture to get a bigger look.

 Step 4. Then paint you bow color on top of the complimentary color. Try to follow the edges as closely as you can. This doesn't have to be perfect. Just don't leave gaps undone.

 Step 5. With the complimentary color put you bow knot on with a little oval square dot. You can click on the picture to get a bigger look.

 Step 6. With the complimentary color just slowly build out the bows. Its V's out from the knot and then round the corners . Build slowly you can add more. Taking it away is a bit harder.  You can click on the picture to get a bigger look. 

Step 7. Add the bow streamers. Just start from the bottom of the knot pull down a little and flip one right and one left. I don't do these to big because I don't want to take up the whole present. You can click on the picture to get a bigger look.

 Step 8. With your bow color, your gonna fill in the bow knot but leave a small amount of complimentary color showing on the edges. Then trace a thin line from the knot to the end of the top of bow ears not letting the complimentary color show. Then down the side and around the bottom BUT letting a thin edge of the complimentary color show on the outside edge. Then fill in the bow ears BUT leave a line of complimentary color at the top to show where the bow opens. You can click on the picture to get a bigger look.

 Step 9. Fill in the bow streamers, pick which leg you want to be the top and leave a line of complimentary colors show from the knot down the end of the leg on the inside. Then fill in the other leg starting after the line and down. If you accidentally cover the line up just take the complimentary color and repaint the line thin as possible. let dry.

 Step 10. Add a thick topcoat and let it dry. Don't worry about the roughness of the paint the topcoat will smooth out the look You can click on the picture to get a bigger look.

 Here is the final look !  I hope this help you all. I also hope I didn't talk to much during this for you! 


  1. awesome i think i will do a manicure using this tutorial. I love the yellow one the most. :) Thanks for always stopping by my blog. Sending lots of hugs your way. Hope Santa brings you all kinds of good stuff this Christmas! :)

  2. That's a lot of work for bows! Haha. But they're pretty! =)

  3. Great tutorial, and lovely nails!! :D

  4. SOOO cute and great tutorial!

  5. You did presents too! Yours turned out way cuter. Great job!

  6. Thanks you guys!

    @Lydz I can't wait to see it!

    @Naillikelace I was trying to break it down so it would be easier if you need the help. It seems more work then it is.

  7. Great tutorial, such cute presents. Merry Christmas!

  8. Really lovely tutorial. They turned out great!