Sunday, October 13, 2013
Once You Stamp Over Black..
...You'll want to go back to stamping over a light color, because it's soo much easier! Well, maybe just for me. I had such a time making this mani, and it's maybe my worst stamping ever.
I started with Shany plate SH04, and the single cartoony flower.
My first mistake was trying to use Sinful Colors Whipped (the black matte) as my base. I'm too spoiled by Cult Nails Nevermore, thick, glossy one-coat black. So after 2 nails of streaky, thin mess, I just went back to Nevermore.
Finger Paints Paper Mache is my standard white for stamping, but I don't know what was the problem. I suspect it was the hand lotion I put on - oh, so carefully to avoid the fingernails - but probably got all over, anyway. The stamp wouldn't stick, or it would smear.
Luckily, the shirt I was wearing it with is an abstract floral print, so the highly imperfect flowers actually went with my outfit. Like a Renoir, it looked great from far away, but a hot mess close up!
Macro shots are so unforgiving. In the Real World, it's rare for anyone to notice the level of detail or need for perfection that there is in the Nail World. So, even though it wasn't very good, I wore it anyway - and the people who saw it liked it! A 'flaw' can sometimes be the very thing that makes the art pretty or unique!