Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday Stamping: Over a Nude Base

It is once again that day of the week when I take on a Sunday Stamping challenge in the group Adventures in Stamping. Today's theme is to stamp over a nude base. The open ended theme really had me stumped with no idea what I was going to do until I sat down to do it. Then this happened...

To create this manicure, I started with the nude base of Zoya Avery. I stamped the flower pattern from Pueen plate Pueen25 using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Quick Brick. I absolutely love the images in this set, but they are too short for my nails, so I must be creative. Oh Pueen, why do you torture me so? A few millimeters longer (or just minus the pesky curve) and I would be using this set all the time. As it is, I just glance at it and sigh! Okay, sorry, I digress...

To make up for the short images, I decided to try the latest cutout trend. Using a small brush and and acetone, I cleared the polish from the half-moon of each nail. Then with a detail brush, I lined the half-moon and the tips with Zoya Neve before adding the glitter...

The glitter bled as soon as I added a top coat! I didn't even think to test it first... so sad! FYI, this is glitter from the Nail Art mini bottles found at the Dollar Tree. Beware, they can bleed!

Ugh! Just look at that bleeding glitter! I cry and run to buy new loose glitter...

A few fresh swatches of the beautiful Zoya Avery because I'd like to think my swatches improved since I first swatched it here ;)

Avery is a full coverage nude cream. It is opaque in just two coats. Formula is very smooth and easy to apply. I used a top coat in these swatches...

Swatch Details
Brand: Zoya
Collection: Feel, Winter 2011
Color Name/Number: Avery, ZP596
Number of coats: 2
Top Coat: Yes

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)

This manicure reminds me of something, but I can quite place my finger on it... any ideas?

I'd love to know what you think!

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)

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  1. love the details on this .its amazing .

  2. I love this manicure because the red brick pops over the nude as well as that beautiful blue!
    It could remind of a stamped dish plate or a dress fabric? Anyway something vintage (I like vintage)!!!

  3. Stinks that the glitter bled. I love that you were able to do something creative with the small images to make then "full nail" images :) Also, thing the pop of blue really makes this mani!

  4. I love this series! I wait every Sunday for it to see what you did :)

  5. Who would've thought the shortcomings of this Pueen plate would be perfect for one the latest trends!

  6. I love what you did! Very pretty!

  7. Beautiful! looks russian or something like that.

  8. Love the colors you used! I might have to find that brick red, looks really nice!

  9. Very pretty. Looks like henna to me!

  10. Wow Wow Wow - this is so gorgeous! It almost makes me want to have more patience at stamping. These colors together are amazing and I just love the glitter along with that blue which is one of my Zoya favorites. LOVE!!

  11. Love this mani!
    The nude color is awesome :X

  12. These are really great!!! Since my nails are always nubs-I don't have the plate problem. Mine are too small to show the whole design!!

  13. Thank you SOOO much everyone for all the lovely comments! I'm so glad that you like this manicure despite the glitter mess! :)

    @Valens, yes dress fabric, I can picture it. :)

    @Stephanie, @Nathalie Talons It is true, sometimes the shortcomings of a stamping image force us to be more creative :)

    @Mari, you are so sweet! I will try not to disappoint :)

    @Lullaby, that could be, I feel something familiar, but can't place my finger on it :)

    @Finger, Yeah, I love these images so much it almost makes me want to trim my nails. I'll just have to use them whenever I do :D


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