rubbing alcohol (if you don't have any, alcohol swabs are ok too)
newspaper (MUST be newsprint! White pages work great too!)
After grooming your nails as usual, apply a base coat in a light color. White, cream, and charcoal look GREAT! I chose an opalescent white, which will keep the newsprint effect subtle. If you are looking for a bolder contrast, stick with light, flat colors :)
After your nails are dried COMPLETELY, dip a small newspaper clipping into the rubbing alcohol. If you are using the pads, press a pads firmly onto a piece of newspaper clipping. Make sure you press hard enough to wet the paper.