All In – Playing Cards Inspired Nails

Hey guys!

Can I just start by saying… I LOVE these nails! This my first ever 100% freehand nail art and I’m so impressed with the way it turned out! It was inspired by a trip to a local casino last night for my friend’s 21st birthday celebrations.


As you can see it’s in no way perfect – and not close to the league of most nail bloggers around! – but for me, this is an achievement and one I’m very proud of! I took a close up of each nail to try and show what I’ve done in more detail.


This was what I did on my thumb – as I had the four card suits on my four finger nails, I wasn’t sure what to do on my thumb. So I went for a dry marble of the three colours used for the nail art. A base of one coat OPI Alpine Snow (left to dry fully) then another thick coat of it, with drops of Essie Geranium and Barry M Matte Espresso dabbed on and all swirled with a toothpick. This was my first ever dry marble attempt, and it’s not amazing, but gets better on my left hand (photo to come in this post, don’t worry!). This also fits in with this week’s FingerFood’s Theme Buffet prompt ‘Marble – dry or water’ so this is my entry (will add the graphics and Inlinkz at the end of the post).


This was probably my worst nail nail art wise, I think. It’s supposed to be a red diamond, but I found it difficult to get the lines sharp so it’s a bit… blobby. The concept here is supposed to be a white playing card on a black background with the suit on the card.




A club.





A spade.




And a heart! Again, the red was difficult to get clean lines with, but I think this attempt at a heart is better than the diamond at least.


Me holding my beautiful bottle of Essie Geranium (a new one for me! A ‘gift’ from my sister – she found it in an old make up bag/box I think – as I am still on a polish buying ban).



And finally here’s my right hand, fully dry marbled! I am well aware that my nails just look WEIRD on this hand! My middle finger nail broke, again! So I made it into a nubbin, and kept the rest at their shorter length (I keep the nails on my left hand longer as it gives me more room to play with and they look prettier in photos!) but I think it just looks weird. Luckily I don’t photograph my right hand often, so within a couple of weeks they should all be looking even again!

All the nail art was done with either a dotting tool or a thin nail art brush. The nail art brush is one I got at Christmas, but they’re not the easiest to use, so I’m still excited for the set I bought off Amazon recently to be delivered! Again, the marbling was just done using a toothpick and wet polish. All nails were finished off with Essie Good to Go.

Also, did you notice my finger nails (on left hand, main hand pictured) are looking more square? I’ve had them squoval for so long – mainly square with slightly rounded edges – but want to see how I get on with just square nails. They’re not fully in proper shape yet as I’ve got to grow them out a tiny bit more, but I’m liking it so far!

Phew, long post today! So here’s the FingerFood’s Theme Buffet Graphics (today’s post is the 7th Sept – Marble (dry or water) prompt).

FingerFood's Theme Buffet


Check out the other entries for this weeks’ prompt here:


Please let me know what you think  in the comments, I hope you love these as much as I do!

Laura x

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