As requested by Malin I’m going to show you the background of my Minecraft nails before I started my detailing. First I did a gradient using four colors, put top coat on and let that sit over night. The next day I started taping off my fingers one by one and tried to make the beams get progressively bigger. And then I sponged my next gradient over that using three colors in a slightly different hue to try to stay true to my inspiration picture. The trick with tape I have found is to remove it right away and have as thin coats of polish over it as possible to minimize the dragging risk.
I really like this effect but the color scheme throws me off a bit. Next time I try it I’ll use other colors.