Wednesday, December 5, 2012

How To: Xavy the elf


Xavy the Elf
Xavy the Elf is a fun design that makes you want to practice cartoon designs. You can dazzle the design by adding more pizzazz to the background. Nothing better than an Elf to represent fantasy during the Holiday season!

Tammy Taylor Nail Products used:
Gelprisa Gel Polish -- Gelprisa "Lucky Girl", Gelprisa "Simply Sheer" and Gelprisa "Little Bo Clear Pink" for this design. You may also use any of your favorite Gelprisa colors.
"Clean- it" Solution - Used to clean the nail surface once it's cured.
Wipe-its -- 100% lint free towelette that will leave the surface completely clean.
Nail Gelz Gel Paint - Green to emphasize the background of the design.
Dazzle Rocks -- "Rock Me Red" from the Jingle Bell Rock Collection and "Shimmering Stars" to produce the holographic 3-D effects in the design.
Top Gel+ - To seal our design when finished.
Prizma Powderz -- "Starry Night", "Candy Apple" and "French White". The color acrylics will help any artist to create great 3-D effects.
A+ Nail Liquid- Medium set speed allowing time for the nail tech to work.
Clean Finish Buffer -- For buffing the Dazzle Rocks.
Dazzle Rocks Nail Polish -- "Christmas Lights" from the Jingle Bell Rock Collection for highlighting.
3D Brush - sable short hair brush with a very fine point that will create deep marks when doing tridimensional designs.
Brush Cleaner - Contains special conditioners formulated for real sable hair so it will not dry out. Remove hard product in under 1 minute.
Towelette -- Small, super absorbent towel used to clean the brush in between uses; cut down on fumes and waste.
Small Dappen Dish -- Two small Dappen Dish, one clear and one dark. When working with tridimensional designs it is important to use a small container for liquid. This will save time and product.

Step by step procedure:
1. Apply a thin coat of Gelprisa "Lucky Girl" to half the nail and cure for 2 minutes under a UV light or 1 minute under a LED light. (When working on natural nails and using Dazzle Rocks on a single layer of Gelprisa gel polish, it is recommended to base coat the nail with Miracle Manicure to ensure strong adhesion and long lasting results.)
2. Apply enough Clean It Solution on a Wipe It towelette to thoroughly clean the surface of the nail. Clean the entire surface of the nail.
3. Apply Gelprisa "Sheer" gel polish, down three quarters of the way over the other half of the nail.
4. With the aid of a scoop, sprinkle "Shimmering Stars" Dazzle Rocks to the other half of the nail. Cure for 2 min under a UV light or 1 minute under a LED light.
5. Perform a soft buff over the Dazzle Rocks.
6. Seal the Dazzle Rocks with the Gelprisa "Clear Pink" and cure 2 minutes under a UV light or 1 minute under a LED light.
7. Apply enough Clean It Solution on a Wipe It towelette to thoroughly clean the surface of the nail. Clean the entire surface of the nail.
8. Open all the color acrylics that you will be using for Xavy the Elf. (See video for application)
9. Finish the design by adding details to the design. (See video)
10. Apply Top Gel+ to the design to ensure and seal every finishing detail. Do not apply to the Elf itself, just the finishing details of the Elf. Cure for 2 minutes under a UV light or 1 minute under a LED light.
11. Apply enough Clean It Solution on a Wipe It towelette to thoroughly clean the surface of the nail. To finish, clean the entire surface of the nail.

Have a Great Nail Day,
Tammy Taylor
http://TammyTaylorNails.com/