Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday Stamping: Using a French Tip Design

I'm back with a Sunday Stamping challenge for the group Adventures in Stamping after missing last week's challenge. By the way last weeks theme was to let someone else pick a plate and I love the idea, so it is now on my to do list for another time. This week the challenge is to use a french tip design. Now you have to understand, to me, french tip designs in a set of plates are wasted space. No matter how long I allow my nails to grow out, those things are always too big and cover at least half my nail. I generally figure that I will never use them when I decide to purchase a set. Really, I keep hoping for the day when the manufacturers hear our plea and stop wasting space on "french tip" patterns.

OK, so I might be a bit harsh since I've used the french tip patterns once or twice before, but never as they are designed to be used. That is why this week's challenge is so great. It forces me to try to look at those images in a different way. A way that would work for shorter nails and still hopefully look good...

For this manicure, I used the Bundle Monster plate BM-219. The idea was to use it closer to the base of the nail and create a half moon with the curve of the image. I started out with of Barielle Greenwich Village and stamped using Barielle Central Park. I had a suspicion that it would work well for stamping since it is a bit thicker and very pigmented. It did not disappoint....

It seemed a bit empty with just the stamp so I added a few rows of dots and edging along the tips using Central Park. I really like how the manicure turned out, but I'm wishing I had done a different color combo. It makes me think of a nice cozy sweater and I can definitely picture it in holiday colors such as a deep burgundy...

I wanted to make sure to show Barielle Greenwich Village in the sunlight since I didn't get to for my initial review. It has a really pretty green micro shimmer embedded in the nude cream. The weather was not exactly cooperating, but I got a few shots as the sun was peeking through the clouds...

Just a sweet little shimmer, best visible under direct light...

I'd love to know what you think of this!
Have you used the french tip images as intended or are you like me trying to find other ways to use them?

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)

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  1. LOL! I have also felt that the french tip images are "wasted space". But seeing the creative way you used this one, I'm going to have to re-think! Thanks! :-D

  2. This is so gorgeous! I love the way you used that stamp, I'm going to have to try doing that one day since all my french tip stamps just sit there lol.

  3. I love this so much! You're right it does look like a sweater :) I have a few french tip designs that I really wish were full nail due to my nubbins. I can't wait to try your idea soon!! :)

  4. This turned out so beautiful. I love the added dots edging!

  5. The combo is so so beautiful, and i love what you did with the actual tip :]

  6. @Jamie, thank you! That means a lot to me :)

    @Jacqui, you and me both! They just sit there taking up space. I hope you do try it out :)

    @Karen, using them intentionally for manicures other than french tips has worked for me before. Good luck! :)

    @bug, thank you so much! I'm glad you like it :)

    @Jennius, thank you very much! The dots are always such a great space filler. Worked well this time :)


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