Quiet Lion Creations by Allison Beth Cooling: May 2012


Neon Zebra Nail Tutorial

Neon is all the trend this spring!
Neon jewelry, clothes, and accessories are popping up everywhere. So, naturally I had to do a nail tutorial! 

The bright neon nail polish really makes the zebra stripes pop! It will definitely catch eyes. Wear it shopping, to the beach, everywhere! People will be amazed you did it yourself :).

Step 1: Gather materials. Needed are white nail polish, neon colors (use three different colors), black nail polish, and clear coat. Now, for the stripes; I used Bundlemonster's nail plates (which are just like Konad, but I got them for cheap from Ebay). I used plate BM16 with the Zebra pattern on it. 
If you don't have plates, you can paint stripes on your nails with a thin paintbrush and the black polish.

Step 2: Paint the nails a base of white. Get your 3 neon colors and a q-tip, soaked with nail polish remover; this is so that you can quickly clean up any polish that gets on your fingers.

Step 3: With your first color, paint 1/3 of the nail. Then, QUICKLY, while the paint is still wet, paint the next 1/3 with your other color, blending a little bit. Then, again with wet paint, paint the last 1/3 of nail. The colors should be blended slightly. Clean off any polish on fingers with q-tip.

Step 4: Use the nail plate (when nail has COMPLETELY dried), or paint on the stripes. For the nail plate, paint a small amount of black on the top of the pattern. Use the scraper to scrape firmly against plate, bringing the polish into the whole pattern. Pick up this "decal" with the stamp, and then stamp immediately on nail, you want to sort of "roll" it from one side to another. 

Step 5: It should look like this! Clean up again with q-tip. Repeat on each nail!
When completely dry, paint on clear coat to seal.

Hi-Five! You did it


Sweet Shop Necklace

How cute! I love this necklace from Modcloth by designer Hannah Makes Things because of it's simplicity and bright colors. Plus, it goes with just about every outfit because of the colors! So, I knew I had to make this into a great and easy tutorial. Talk about two steps easy. Yep. 
Take that.

Can you guess what is inside the bottle? Something you perhaps have in your cabinets right now?
Sprinkles. Mmmmmm.....
If you have bigger sprinkles, or even ones in different shapes (I'm thinkin' those dinosaur ones, or maybe even little hearts and stars, or those pearl ones that you are NOT supposed to eat).....feel free to use them here to make a customized necklace!

Cute and kitschy!
Let's get started.

Step 1: Gather materials. Needed are pliers, a chain and a jumping, sprinkles, and a glass bottle charm (they have these at Michaels or JoAnn fabrics, however I found mine in the nail art section of the dollar store).

Step 2: Fill bottle with sprinkles. Place cap on bottle (you can add some superglue to the sides of the cap before securing for added strength if you'd like). Attach bottle charm to chain. Done!


How it looks on; dainty yet eye-catching.


Anthropologie's Dipped Sessile Necklace

How absolutely perfect is this necklace for summer? Anthropologie's Dipped Sessile Necklace is one you will definitely want to add to your wardrobe! Best of all, this tutorial is so fast to make, with minimal "ingredients". Have a bunch of collected shells? Use this technique on those if you don't have coral pieces! I had a ton of coral and shells that I collected while on a trip to Florida. Now I know what I will be doing with most of them!

See how similar? No one will know you didn't spend $48 on the real thing, and it's good you won't!

Make them in a collection of neon colors; neon is a total spring trend, so follow along and be right on point with this season's fashion!
Let's get started.

Step 1: Gather materials. Needed are scissors, thin wire, chain, a jumping, neon nailpolish, and a piece of coral or shell (with a hole thru it). You might need a thin paintbrush to make a clean line if the nailpolish brush won't.

Step 2: Wire the coral. Cut about a 5" length of your wire and tightly wrap around your coral a few times. Twist the wire into a loop at the back and put a big glob of glue there to hold in place. Let dry.

Step 2: Paint the coral. Pick your color of nailpolish. Paint about half of the coral. You may need two coats to cover fully. Let dry!

Wear them all at once!