The Nail Files IV

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Last week, a friend of mine found this on Pinterest. 

Pinned Image

Being a writer, I fell in love instantly. The directions seemed easy enough: polish nails, dip in vodka, press on newspaper, cover in clear top coat. 

I can do that, right?


Oh, so wrong.

After redoing them MULTIPLE times, this is the best I could do.


They're smudgy. Oh so smudgy! BOOOO!!!

The newsprint was really finicky to work with. If you don't press REALLY hard then you don't get much ink. If you press TOO hard, it smudges. You know, because your nails are wet with vodka. It was pretty much the most frustrating couple of hours ever. Maybe it'd be easier with some help but, frankly, even when I did get a clean transfer, the clear topcoat smudged it anyway.


Has anyone else tried this? Is there a trick I'm missing or something? I'd love to actually have this work out!


  1. Stopping by from the link up... I've seen this too but have been too afraid to try it. Yours seriously don't look that bad :) However after read your troubles, pretty sure I'm not even going to attempt it. I can barely put my hair in a pony tail, lol.

  2. I think those nails look really good! I'm going to have to try that...I bet that mani is a great conversation starter!

  3. I used rubbing alcohol when I did mine, and instead of dipping my nails I wet the newspaper! Hope that helps!

  4. ahh! Sorry for the double post it cut off my link! I also watched a lot of youtube videos like this one! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcmO0R3Kqzo

  5. Aw I think it's cute!! I saw someone recently at work who had nails like that...I'll have to ask if she found it on Pinterest, too!

    I saw "newspaper nail strips" at Target last night...almost got them!! I really do think your nails look good, though :)

    Happy Friday!

    <3-Cami from First Day of My Life

  6. I think yours turned out so cute!!

  7. Don't be silly! Yours look AWESOME! Ive seen that on pinterest too, but with rubbing alcohol instead of vodka. I'm sure the next time you try this it will be perfect!

  8. I think considering the lengths you must take for that look... that it looks good. :) Love the color.

  9. I've seen that as well, it does look cool, but I would be afraid it would be most frustrating. At least you gave it a try and the color you chose was really nice!

    Happy Friday!

  10. Thanks for the color suggestion. I am going to give Russian Navy a shot!

    I've done the newspaper nail on my daughter's nails. We used white as the base coat - then I used rubbing alcohol (not vodka) and it worked perfectly. I let the white dry for awhile before attempting it though. I also used parts from the comics (since she is only 10) and it transfered the color comics. She loved it.

  11. lol i have that pinned
    glad to the skinny on how it really worked for a real person

  12. I think it still looks cute. I love the color too. I'm really into that shade of blue lately.

  13. i'm seriously impressed by yours! i'm sure mine would be a hot mess if i tried!

  14. Whhhhhat? Your nails look cute! I love the print {even "smudgey"} with that pale turquoise.


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