Black Dragon Scale Nails

This mani is from last weekend. My family went to a local Renaissance festival and I wanted to do my nails in a whimsical/fantasy style to go along with the setting. I ended up going with dragon scales on a black base.

I started off with one coat of Sinful Colors – Black on Black. It was important to me, for this mani, to use a one – coater as a base, because there would be quite a few layers involved. I waited a few minutes for the black to dry a bit then did two coats of Sinful Colors – Green Ocean. Green Ocean is a must-have flakey that adds amazing blue and green iridescent flecks and it looks really spectacular over black! I used a coat of Seche Vite to aid in the drying time.

Once dry, I began stamping on the scale pattern. I stamped with China Glaze – Deviantly Daring & Rare and Radiant as well as M Polish – Bells of Ireland and Starflower. I use Bundle Monsyer plate BM-XL08 for the scales. To get a multi-color look, I dropped several colors of nail polish on the image and then scraped:

Multi-color stamping
Multi-color stamping, dot all colors onto plate
Multi-color stamping
Multi-color stamping, scrape to gently mix colors and create a multi-color look

I did this same thing for each nail and each one turned out slightly different, which was awesome because each time my nails caught the light, different color facets showed up.

I gave my stamping a couple of minutes to dry and then put on my top coat to seal it all in and aid in drying time!

Black Dragon Scale Stamping
Black Dragon Scale Stamping

Here is a close up macro shot:

Black Dragon Scale Stamping
Black Dragon Scale Stamping


  • Essie – Grow Stronger Base Coat
  • Sinful Colors – Black on Black
  • Sinful Colors – Green Ocean
  • China Glaze – Deviantly Daring
  • China Glaze – Rare and Radiant
  • M Polish – Bells of Ireland
  • M Polish – Starflower
  • Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat
  • BM-XL08

I loved how these came out so hard. With the flakey underneath and the multi-chrome stamping they had so much dimension and flash, gah! Super beautiful! Sadly, both my daughter and niece took one look at them and said “OoOoh! Pretty mermaid nails” – what do kids know anyway!?