Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sunday Stamping: Gold

For Sunday Stamping this week I want to show you a manicure I made a little while ago, but have not had the time to show until now. With this week's theme being to stamp with gold or over gold, I knew it would be a perfect fit. Lately I have not been able to find enough time in the day to swatch, make manicures and blog about it all. Matter of fact my nails have been bare for almost the entire past week as I try (and fail) to catch up on blogging. Just the other day I showed up to work with a quick swatch of polish on just two nails and the rest bare. Pretty soon my blogging will be limited to a caveman style grunt and the words "Look! Anutka make mani..."

For this manicure I started out with a base of Zoya Logan from the holiday Ornate collection. I was curious to see how the gold metallic Ziv, from the same collection would stamp and I wasn't disappointed with the result. The look is more subtle as the gold flecks in Logan seem to blend with those of Ziv. I used the Cheeky Jumbo plate B for the stamping image...

All that being said, I would probably not stamp with Ziv again. It contains lots of beautiful flecks which were just scraped off the plate leaving behind the base with just the metallic particles. Sad to waste all of that. If you look closely, the stamping pattern itself is very grainy which is not always desirable. It was definitely a fun experiment and what are manicures all about if not experimenting and playing with colors. As a random side note, it just reminded that way back when I started the blog I wanted to name it "Playing with Colors", but that was sadly already taken although not being used. Oh well, I'm kind of attached to Wacky Laki now ;)

I always welcome your comments and enjoy reading them so don't hesitate :)

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)

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  1. I love how subtle the gold stamping is over the green, gorgeous!

  2. So nice to know that zoya ziv stamps before it actually gets to my hands lol. I really like this Anutka!! :D And i understand you so much about the absense of time to blog... uff, but we will succeed! :) Kisses!***

  3. I don't have these Zoyas but I gotta tell you, this stamping look absolutely beautiful!! not over the top, subtle, and perfect!!! going into my MSMD folder!! =)

  4. Do you use a metal scraper or plastic? I've just started trying to learn stamping, and I have a bundle monster plates and a metal scraper, but I feel like it's scratching the heck out of my plates and sometimes I feel like it leaves a lot of polish outside of the design. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

  5. I personally would love to see a caveman style mani. That made me smile reading that. Beautiful manicure as always!

  6. @Shannara, thank you very much! :)

    @Loz, I'm so glad you like the stamping! Thank you :)

    @Cristina, yes we will succeed! I think ;)
    Ziv does stamp well although grainy as the flakes get scraped off. Nice for a subtle print for sure :)

    @Gosia, thank you! I'm really glad you like it and I would love to see your MSMD when you try it :)

    @Andrea, I use an old credit card. Metal scrapers do scratch the plates so I tossed all of mine a long time ago. There are plastic scrapers available to purchase, but I find that a credit card works even better. I hold it at about a 45 degree angle to the plate and do a quick scrape. The amount of pressure you apply will determine how much polish is left over. Give that a try and see how you like it. Let me know! :)

    @mem22, Thank you! caveman style manicure... would that just be dirt under my nails? Hmmm, I could try that ;)

    @Tina, grunt.. me happy you like mani! :D

  7. People, including my coworkers, can always tell when I've got a lot going on—my nails are a dead giveaway! A bare nail here or there, usually a thumb or both, sometimes a whole hand!

  8. Thanks for the tip! I tried it tonight and it works GREAT! You are the best!! :)

  9. @emlocke, yes, I've gotten quite a few comments at my bare nails recently. I've set the expectation bar too high... but polish on just two nails was a new one for me :D

    @Andrea, Yay! Thank you for letting me know. I'm so glad that the credit card as a scraper worked for you!! :)


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