Leadlighting Hello Kitty

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Or at least Kitty’s iconic bow and glasses. Wait, does Kitty even wear glasses? No, I’ve seen her wear glasses. So does her boyfriend, Daniel. And I *may* have just spent a bit too long contemplating the eye wear choices of two cartoon cats!

Leadlighting is the new-to-me nail art technique I tried with these nails. Leadlighting, a relative of stamping, is meant to look like stained glass windows – vibrant, slightly diffuse colours trapped within a decorative “lead” frame. Sheer jelly polishes really prove their worth in leadlighting, too, enhancing and brightening up an overall design without obscuring the stamping work. For these nails, I stamped a bows-and-glasses design from my Hello Kitty image plate (Fab Ur Nails FUN number 9) over top of a basic white creme. After giving that plenty of time to dry (I’ve found that unless you give your stamped design ample dry time, it will smudge and smear, destroying the effect AND your mani) I then filled in the bows with a detail brush dipped in an assortment of rainbow-hued jellies. If you’re at all familiar with cookie flooding or, more simply, colouring in a colouring book, leadlighting works exactly the same way – you create a border of sorts out of the stamped design and then fill it in with your coloured polishes. Really super easy, and very cool.

BS

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6 thoughts on “Leadlighting Hello Kitty

  1. “Wait, does Kitty even wear glasses? No, I’ve seen her wear glasses. So does her boyfriend, Daniel. And I *may* have just spent a bit too long contemplating the eye wear choices of two cartoon cats!”

    Wait, Hello Kitty has a boyfriend? Who names their cat Daniel? I have soooo many questions!

    • A friend of mine named his dog Dexter, although I suppose it’s more common to name a dog a human name than a cat.

      And I’m pretty sure her boyfriend’s name is Daniel! He’s a total weenie, too – he wears, like, sweater vests and has three hairs that stand straight up off the top of his head. Besides, Kitty’s about 70 years old – girlfriend needs a boyfriend to keep her company in her later years!

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