Monochromatic Tread Mark Nail Art

So, I have been wearing this nail art design all weekend! I absolutely love it!  I wanted to create something a little retro, slightly geometric, and not over done.  I decided to stick with monochromatic colors because I felt that would give me the retro feel.  I decided to use tapes because that is the best way to create clean lines, perfect for a geometric design.  This is what I did...

Base and top coat
Two colors of polish
Scotch tape
Striping tape
Gems or studs (optional)

I decided to go with my favorite color, blue, for this design.  So, I started by applying my light blue after applying my base coat.  In this case I used Color Club's In De-Nile from the Safari Garden collection.  (I swatched this collection back in April, you can check it out here

I then applied a quick drying topcoat to speed up the drying process.  You could use drying drops instead.  If you use drying drops you may have an issue with your tape sticking.  This occurs if the drying drops have not evaporated completely.  To resolve this issue clean off the dry polished nail with some rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab or makeup sponge.

Once the polish is dry, take a piece of scotch tape and place it at an angle across the nail.

Then use striping tape to create stripes on the exposed area of the nail.

Apply your secondary color.  I used the darker shade of blue from Color Club's Safari Garden collection named Nail-Robi.  Then quickly remove the tapes.  If you've taped firmly you should be able to remove the scotch tape and striping tape in one felt swoop.  This is what you should end up with...

I repeated this design on my mid-finger reversing the exposed side.  This way when the fingers are posed properly they give a continuous pattern.  I also added some medium silver studs to all my other fingers.  The studs are Item #12411 from  If you order from them use coupon code: CREATEX31 for 10% off.

Like, I said in the beginning, I love this design!  It is pretty simple and the monochromatic tone gives it a fun retro feel.  I think of all the nail art designs I've done this year, this is one of my absolute favorites.  It is definitely in the top five.

I would love to see your recreations, you can post them on Instagram #inspiredbyilovemanicures or @polish_plebe in the comments so that I can find them.  You can also post your pictures on my Facebook page, while your there like and follow me.  You can also follow me through Google Friend Connect by clicking the "Join this site" icon at the top right hand side of the screen.  Or if you prefer you can follow me through Google+, Bloglovin, and/or Pinterest.  I hope you enjoyed this nail art design as much as me, see you next time.

Your Fellow Plebe,