Disney Vacation

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Last week the family and I took a trip back to FL to visit the Grandparents (the boy’s, not ours  😉 ) and visit the happiest place on earth, Disney World! After much deliberation, trying to choose a mani I would like for over a week was very difficult, I decided to go with a Disney theme.

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Butterfly Garden at Epcot (even the butterflies like Mickey!)

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Of course I had to get the castle shot!

Hubby was a good sport, taking many “nailies” to get the perfect shot

Disney Vacation-010To create this mani I used OPI Infinite Shine Relentless Red and From Here to Eternity, B Polished Midnight in Death Valley (releasing soon!!), Essie No Place Like Chrome under ILNP Fame, and acrylic paint. (For a  pictorial on how I created these handpainted decals, scroll down to the bottom of the post).

Now I want to share a few of my favorite shots from the trip…

Dinosaur World

disnosaur world-057I have a slight obession with squirrels and this little guy let me get up close and personal so I could take this pic, any closer and the camera would have touched him lol.

disnosaur world-058The park features life-sized replicas of dinosaurs, which the boys loved!



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Animal Kingdom

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Here’s how I created the Mickey, Minnie, and castles….

Disney handpainted decal-001 Disney VacationFirst I printed out and sized the image I wanted to use. Then I taped down a piece of a plastic baggie.

Disney Vacation-004Using acrylic paint and a size 18/0 detail brush (trimmed to thin it out to a couple of hairs) I traced over the design, leaving the background colors blank. Any mistakes can be wiped away with a brush and water or for fine removal a dulled toothpick (be sure not to rip the plastic).

Disney Vacation-007Once I was done, I removed the plastic from the paper and filled in any missing spaces (like the hole in the ear). Once the paint dried, I applied a thin layer of top coat. I like to use a thin top coat for my decals, it dries faster and is easier to place on the nail, however it is more delicate to handle.

Disney Vacation-011Once the top coat was 100% dry, I took my stamper and picked up the image. I then reverse painted the background colors, this gives a more finished look rather than trying to paint around the fine lines. Once this dries you can trim the down the top coat using precise scissors and apply it to the nail. To apply, I placed the decal over dry nail polish. Once it was exactly where I wanted, I firmly pressed down allowing the heat from my finger to temporarily stick it to the nail. Then carefully apply top coat, using the three stroke method to initially seal the decal (side, side, center), this allows the top coat to “melt” the decal onto the nail without smearing.

Hope you enjoyed seeing a small glimpse into my vacation   😉

If you’re a fan of these Disney nails, please give them a “like” on Instagram for the OPI and Preen.me #INFINITESHINE contest =)

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17 Responses

  1. Francine, that manicure is gorgeous! Such a fun thing to have when off to Disney. 🙂

  2. This mani is so very Disney! love it. The happiest nails on Earth!

  3. Fantastic pictures and an even better nail art!

  4. Heather says:

    Love your nail photos, and love the castle pic! I wish I was good at nail art, I love to play with it but usually it’s not great. Thanks for sharing!

    • francine says:

      That’s why decals are great! They allow you to create exactly what you want without having to re-do your nails if you mess up =)

  5. MarciaF says:

    I am in total awe of everything in this post. Your art work is just amazing and so detailed. I don’t have the dexterity to do this and I think it’s marvelous that you do. Plus your pictures from your trip are so beautiful. Your photography skills are as beautiful as your nail skills.

    • francine says:

      Thank you so much! I knew I wouldn’t be able to do my left hand so I decided to create the decals (plus I was able to work on them before doing my nails). I love taking pictures and I am super happy with the camera DH got me because it takes amazing pictures!

  6. Francine, I am in awe of your skills. I can’t believe you made the Minnie & castle decals! Even your dots were perfect. Sounds like you had a great vacay

  7. Cindi says:

    Beautiful nails! Disney is my other obsession. Your castle is so intricate. I love the decals. Fabulous manicure.

  8. OMG, that’s amazing how you created the Mickey decal! Just wow!

  1. May 15, 2015

    […] essentially back to where I started, and during the week I put on my acrylics to give me length for my vacation. I took off my acrylics the week after I got back and reshaped the nail (somehow my nails grow all […]

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