Sunday, 30 September 2012

Adventures in Stamping - using French tip stamp

Evening all!

I've had such a busy day today, I couldn't wait to show you this manicure because I LOVE it and it came out better than I had hoped, but this has been my first chance to sit down and do it! I hope it has been worth the wait!

This week's challenge was to use a French tip stamp - it wasn't stipulated that you had to use it for a French manicure though - and I didn't! I started with a base of two coats of Barry M Bright Red. Once that was dry I used Fench tip guides to mark off about a third of my nail from the cuticle, which I then painted gold with Barry M Gold Foil for a kind of deep Ruffian. I left the tip guides on, and once the gold was dry I stamped over it with Konad Special black and a kind of Aztec-y design from BM219. It was hard to line up evenly, but I don't think I did too bad a job! I then outlined the gold section using a nail art brush and Konad black again.

There's a bit wonky, a bit smudgy and there's Konad black polish (BITCH to clean up) everywhere. But I adore them. Maybe it's the 80s child in me, but I felt like walking around in a power suit with shoulder  pads the size of elephant ears all day today...

And, just to show you the base on it's own. I took a picture at two coats to check it was opaque enough, and look how shiny! Barry never lets you down.

I may not be posting as much this week, it's my eldest son's 5th birthday on Wednesday and I have visitors all week (and a houseful of 4 and 5 year olds for a party) so wish me luck! I do still owe you a the final HoloWeek post, so look out for that tomorrow.

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  1. I love this so much! I didn't get the 80's shoulder pad feel until you mentioned it, but I can see it now a little :) Either way I'm totally going to try this when the Halloween madness is over!

  2. ooooo, thankee! I have been wondering what the HECK to do with those french tip stamps! I have shortish nails-not nubs, but close. PLUS I can't put stuff on straight to save my life. I love this mani and thank-you so much for giving me ideas (smell the smoke?!)

  3. you call it wonky and smudgy, i call it stunning! love it
    liloo/@tsunimee xx


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