Color Block Vibes: Color Blocked DIY Nail Art


Color Blocked DIY Nail Art

Rollin’ with another nail DIY because V-Day is right around the corner and I needed an excuse to share these insanely cool 3-D cat cards. Not a cat lady, I swear. Haha.

But seriously, this color block nail tutorial is a fun one, if you’re looking for a bold design for your digits. AND it marks the (unofficial) kick off of a new Paper & Stitch hashtag… #colorblockvibes. Which I’ll be explaining in detail very soon, but for now, feel free to add the new hashtag to all of your colorful color blocked photos.

Color Blocked DIY Nail Art

3-D cat cards for Valentine's Day

Color Blocked DIY Nail Art for Valentine's Day

For this nail art DIY, you’ll need..

  • 3 nail colors
  • clear top coat
  • clear base coat
  • washi tape
  • scissors


  1. Start by prepping your nails with a clear base coat. Then, paint each nail with one of your chosen colors. This color will mostly be in the center of your nails, so keep that in mind. Once that coat has dried completely you’re ready to move onto the next step.
  2. Start with a piece of washi tape slightly longer than the length of your nail and cut into (imperfect) triangles. Place one triangle onto each nail, changing the direction of each sticker. The object is for each nail to be slightly different.
  3. Once you’ve got your washi tape in place, paint on each side with your other chosen colors. This may take two coats, just make sure the coats are completely dry before moving on.
  4. Once your nail polish has dried, remove your tape and paint each nail with a clear top coat.

Color Blocked DIY Nail Art for Valentine's Day

Pretty easy, right? I love the possibilities of this color blocked design…it looks so different with a cooler color scheme (blues and greens for example). And I keep picturing a grey scale color blocked design too. Lots of options with this one.

Color Blocked DIY Nail Art for Valentine's Day

Color Blocked DIY Nail Art

3-D cat cards for Valentine's Day

Color Blocked DIY Nail Art

Nails and photography by Rachel Brewer
Modeling (and cat card photos) by Amelia Tatnall
Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you’ll give this color blocked nail tutorial a try? What other kind of nail DIYs would you want to see around here?

10 comments | Click here to reply

I love the colour shades, and the graphic design is awesome. Thanks for sharing!
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Michelle | February 2nd, 2016 at 11:10 am

Glad you like it, Michelle. Rachel did a great job (once again). :)

Brittni | February 2nd, 2016 at 11:20 am

Ooooh me likey :) So summery, it makes me want to go swimming and tanning.

Marina | February 2nd, 2016 at 11:31 am

Yay! It does have a summery vibe, doesn’t it Marina.

Brittni | February 2nd, 2016 at 11:37 am

I’m a huge nail art fan – love these and the colors you selected!

Jordan | February 2nd, 2016 at 11:44 am

Awesome Jordan. That’s good to hear.

Brittni | February 2nd, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Such fun nails. And the photo of you flipping the bird made me chuckle!

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KNC | February 2nd, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Haha. Glad you like that one KNC. :)

Brittni | February 2nd, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Your nails are so stinking cute! I wish I had the patience to pull of some of these.

Stephanie R | February 2nd, 2016 at 4:07 pm

Thanks Stephanie. Amelia’s nails definitely looked great. Rachel did an awesome job.

Brittni | February 2nd, 2016 at 10:02 pm
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