Saturday, 9 July 2016

ABC Challenge 'J': Jewellery-inspired nail art

It's already the tenth week of the ABC challenge - which brings us to the letter 'J'. (Last week I did ice-pop nails for 'I') I found J quite a difficult letter, I did have a few ideas but I wasn't entirely convinced by them (jelly sandwich, jungle leaves, jasmine, jewels). Finally I decided to do this jewellery-inspired necklace design.

Jewelry inspired 'necklace' nail art by polilish
Bottle: ILNP 'Bulletproof Symphony'
Read on for all the details, more photos, and the video tutorial!

I decided to just have the 'necklace' on an accent nail, mostly because I was short on time but also because I thought it would look less cluttered. The pattern is actually part of a more complex design on MoYou London's Explorer 03 plate - have a look at the video to see what I mean.

Instead of reverse-stamping the pattern like I did, it is definitely possible to just stamp directly on to the nail, using a clear stamper for extra precision with the placement. I wanted to minimise the possibility of error (my clear stamper sometimes doesn't pick up properly), so I just went with reverse stamping using my most reliable stamper (MoYou London's rectangular squishy).

The polishes I used - ILNP's 'Bulletproof Symphony' (accent nail) and 'Paper Route' (all other nails) - both have holographic glitter in them, so this manicure was all sparkly rainbows under sunlight! My photo below doesn't do it justice!

Jewelry inspired 'necklace' nail art by polilish
Bottle: ILNP 'Paper Route'
Overall this design is on the simpler side, but I was very happy with the accent nail.

Jewelry inspired 'necklace' nail art by polilish
I hope this does resemble a necklace!
Just look at all those silver rainbow flakes in 'Bulletproof Symphony'! This was part of ILNP's Spring 2016 collection. It's sort of in-between blue and purple - ILNP describes it as periwinkle - and it's loaded with metallic flakes.

Jewelry inspired 'necklace' nail art by polilish

That's it for this week! See you next Friday for the letter 'K', and before that I will also have a review post with three new designs - so stay tuned. In the meantime, do check out the other entries to the ABC challenge by following the links below.


  1. Beautiful nail art!!! I was tempted to do Jewelry nail art but I couldn't find a stamping plate with jewelry on it :(

    1. Thank you very much! Yeah it took me a while to think of this necklace idea as I don't have any jewelry stamping patterns either.