Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunday Stamping Over Black Base

I've been in a bit of a nail art funk lately after burning out halfway through the 31 Day Nail Challenge. I'm still determined to finish it, but for today I decided to take part in a different challenge. It has been way too long since I participated in Sunday Stamping with the group Adventures in Stamping. Somehow these challenges always get my creative juices flowing and today's theme of stamping over black turned to this...

For this manicure I started out with a base of Wet 'n Wild Black Creme...

I then added three coats of Essence Fly Firefly Fly glow in the dark top coat. It does alter the base color a bit which is why it looks gray rather than black...

I stamped the spiderweb from Bundle Monster plate BM-H07 using Color Club Cherubic, a peachy holographic beauty. The spiders were stamped using Pure Ice Silver Mercedes and Bundle Monster plate BM13. Each spider accented with a red rhinestone...

And now for the glow in the dark shot. Is it OK to admit that it actually creeps me out in the dark? The spiders look too real for comfort... *shudder*. I'm debating entering these in the Bundle Monster nail art contest....

A few photos of Essence Fly Firefly Fly before all the stamping. This is three coats over black. I originally tried just two coats as suggested on the bottle, but it didn't glow quite bright enough. It glows really brightly in the bottle (see photo above), but this doesn't quite translate onto the nail. The effect seems to fade rather quickly after the lights are out. Swatches are with no top coat...

Over black, you can see the little fluorescent particles. More coats equals more particles, less visible base and brighter glow...

Swatch Details
Brand: Essence
Color Name/Number: 18 Fly Firefly Fly
Number of coats: 3 (layered over black)
Top Coat: No

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)

I'd love to know what you think of this manicure!

P.S. Sorry if I freaked any of you out with spiders :)

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)

** Polishes were provided to me for review by the manufacturer or their PR. **
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  1. This is so cool, I love everything about it :)

  2. Very creative! Yes, you should use an entry for BM contest!! And, you are braver than me - the spiders would so freak me out at night. :)

  3. nice design! I'd be terrified if I wore them in the dark haha :D

  4. You should DEFINITELY put these into the Bundle Monster contest! Its creepy beautiful (if you follow the whole ugly-pretty/Trya Banks drift I'm going with here), and one of the most wearable halloween inspired nail art I've seen yet. Amazing job! :D

  5. How nice... I loved it!
    Eva -

  6. This is so cool, love the effect in the dark ;)

  7. Hehe! Thank you so so much everyone! I'm really glad that you like this manicure! I didn't want to take it off for sure. And yes, it was creepy at night, I had to hide them under the blanket :)


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