The 31 Day Challenge left me hankering for more nail art, so here is something I wore last week. It would have worked perfectly for Day 5 - Blue.
I did my two middle fingers and thumbs using the reverse stamping technique. The process is very simple and involves stamping onto a piece of plastic and then colouring in the design from the back. You then put top coat over it and peel it off like a decal. At this point you could punch out shapes with craft punches or you can apply the whole decal to your nail. I chose to apply the whole decal (obviously!). I did use four shades of blue, although the two middle shades are very similar. On my pinky and index finger I did a simple gradient using all four colours used on the decal.
I forgot to take photos of my nails before I left for work, so these are some very rushed ones that I did as soon as I got home. I did have both hands painted but was hurrying in the fading light and forgot to photograph them.
Below is a quick action shot I took as I was painting the stamped designs on a piece of plastic. Tip: Use thick plastic like a zip lock bag and sticky tape it down so you don't get any waves in the plastic.