I had some interest in a tutorial about the interference lead-lighting technique I showed you recently, so I put one together. First I'll walk you through it, and at the end I'll summarize it in a single image for you.
Step 1) Okay. So. First, you're gonna stamp your image over your dark base. You can use any color that shows up over your base; in this case I'm showing you the most extreme version, a black base with silver stamping:
|Step one: stamp your design over your dark base|
2) If you haven't already done so, select the interference polishes you want to use. What I'm calling an 'interference' polish is a polish that shows up over dark colors, but not over light colors. There are a lot of special effect top coats that look very different over other colors, and there are duochrome polishes that do this, too; if you have a polish that you have to put over black or another color, that's the kind I'm talking about.
I'm going to use four polishes; for the first example, I'll show you Glitter Gal Transitions Soft Red and Glitter Gal Transitions Soft Green; notice how they just look pearly white in the bottle:
|Glitter Gal Transitions Soft Green and Transitions Soft Red|
For my second example I'll show you CND Crimson Sparkle and Sapphire Sparkle:
|CND Crimson Sparkle and Sapphire Sparkle|
Step 3) Put a dot of your polish(s) on your nail plate (or other surface):
|I use my plate because I'm going to have to clean it anyway. :)|
Step 4) With your dotting tool, pick up your polish:
|Use your dotting tool to pick up that polish|
Step 5) Use the dotting tool to apply the polish where you want it to show on your design:
|Apply the polish to whatever part of your design you like.|
Step 6) Look at the awesome pretty you just created!
First, let's take a look at how the glitter gals transformed:
|Lead-lighting with interference polishes|
Notice how the polishes show up green and purple-red where I applied them over the black; where they overlap with the silver stamping, they don't show up at all, so it looks like I painted inside the lines perfectly. :)
Here are CND Crimson Sparkle and Sapphire Sparkle over the black:
|Lead-lighting with Interference polishes|
These show up slightly differently; they are more glittery, and they have a multi-chrome effect in the sifting light. Just stunning...:)
I've showed this over black, but you don't have to limit yourself just to black; you can use a variety of bases, just play around with different polishes to see what works. You can see the other manicure I did, over a green base, by clicking here.
This is a really simple technique, and depending on the image you use, so hard to mess up. If you choose an image with thick lines like I did, it's very easy to say inside your designated area.
As promised, here is a graphic summarizing the steps for you:
|Interference Lead-lighting tutorial|
Let me know if you have any questions, and I'd love to see what you do with this technique; link below if you try it out. :)
Hugs and loves,