Friday, March 9, 2012

PCFC - Mr. Sky 3/9

I have a couple of the challenge manicures done, but I have a friend visiting from the US so I haven't been blogging much.

Here is my Mr. Sky! I had no idea what this meant, so I just took it literally. I thought about adding little black sunglasses and a smile the way I drew all of my suns growing up, but decided that would probably just mess it up. :)

I really like how my left hand turned out! I love the suns, but they turned out a little less defined on my right hand.

I used a light blue Color Club and sponged a darker CC blue over it for the base. I used a dotting tool to free hand the clouds after my cloud stamping plate wasn't cooperating. I also used a dotting tool for the birds and the suns/rays.

Here is the slightly wonky right hand.

These pictures make the birds look like they are flying upside down. lol.

What do you think?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

My Spooky Anniversary Stamping

I saw this Spooky Stamping technique by Chalkboard Nails and was super excited to try it! Back in September I used someone's (can't remember at the moment) tutorial on how to make owls. I had also recently been gifted the OPI mini Halloween set. I did glow-in-the-dark/black stripes on 8 of my fingers and owl accent fingers, but I never would have thought to stamp over glow-in-the-dark polish to get the same effect. Genius!

I asked the boyfriend to pick out the designs and colors for our anniversary date nail art and he picked a shockingly bright (in person) yellow by Color Club with black stamping. Here is how it came out!

Clearly I messed up the plaid stamp, but rather than try to piece a second stamp onto the first, I decided it was "artistic" this way (ha!). :)

It's a shame you can't see how alarmingly bright this yellow is in these pictures.

Here you can see the glow-in-the-dark! So neat! It was a lot brighter/clearer in person, but I don't have a fancy pants camera to capture it accurately. I still think these pictures are pretty freaking cool!

I hated taking these nails off, but I wasn't really experiencing their cool effect even at night, so I left them for a few days and then moved on. I'm sure I'll be trying this again sometime soon!

What do you think? Were you as impressed by Chalkboard Nails' post as I was?