Sunday, January 26, 2014
Sunday Stamping - Holo Purple Gradient Chains
Today's stamping challenge was to use three purples. Well, if 3 are good, more are better, right? I saw this striped-gradient mani from A Little Polish that I really liked, and thought it might be fun to try.
Word to the wise, though. If you want a true ombre effect, plan out your colors and paint them on something first. I went by bottle color, and.. well, as we all know, sometimes what's in the bottle doesn't transfer that way exactly to the nail!
I started in the middle of the nail with Colors by Llarowe Tank Tops and Flip Flops, a really pretty bright purple holo.
Ouch, you can see where my middle nail tore off. I did that playing with my dog, Banjo.
Next color - Lacquer Lust Tanzanite. It looked more purple in the bottle, but next to a red-purple, it turned more blue. See what I mean about planning ahead? Not my strong suit.
While Tanzanite dried, I went above middle and used Enchanted Polish Mercy. This one definitely came out darker on the nail than in the bottle.
Colors by Llarowe Woman From Tokyo is a blackened purple. Wow, is it pretty. It's super holo, too.
I could have painted my nails with a base coat of Lacquer Lust Amethyst and spared y'all the horror of my nearly naked nails. But what's the fun in that? Amethyst was the lightest of the bunch, and went at the top.
I wasn't really sure I wanted to stamp over this, I liked it so much! But, I was committed to the challenge. So, I tried to find a stamp that would allow the gradient to play a part of the stamp. I chose this chain pattern from DRK-C, and stamped with Essie Nothing Else Metals.
I couldn't bear to stamp over all of it. This is definitely a technique I will use again.
Bottle shot: Lacquer Lust Amethyst, Enchanted Polish Mercy, Colors by Llarowe Tank Tops and Flip Flops, Lacquer Lust Tanzanite, Colors by Llarowe Woman From Tokyo.
So, are six purples better than three? I think so!