Lit from Within: Priti Sparkling Leaves
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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Priti Sparkling Leaves

Hello, Fireflies!

I know, Autumn is way over, and most of the country is shivering under sleet and snow.. and it's even cold here in Florida.. though some of the trees are starting to push new buds through, and there are signs of Spring.

But, when I saw this The Polish Playground Glittery Autumn Leaves design, I knew I wanted to do my own version, 'traditional' Fall colors be damned.  Let's buck tradition, shan't we? Because this is too cool and pretty to wait.

I started with Priti NYC Lady Killer Crocus, a shimmery brown, and Paris Sparkles Chataigne, a bronze/brown/gold glitter - opaque on its own with a couple of coats.  It's almost too sparkly to photograph!

Priti NYC Lady Killer Crocus, a shimmery brown, and Paris Sparkles Chataigne, a bronze/brown/gold glitter

I used striping tape to make two colorful leaves and one gold one.  The two hardest things about using striping tape are: 1) getting it to stick only where you want, and no where else and 2) getting it to stay down once you have it where you want.

I used striping tape to make two colorful leaves and one gold one

If you've ever seen a precise colorblocked mani, they probably used striping tape.  And, you probably weren't looking at my blog.

cool colorblocking

I love how the glitter peeks through the colors! I used some more of the Priti NYC Lady Killer Crocus, OPI DS Tapestry, and Pahlish The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come for the colorblocked leaves.


On my thumb, I did the same leaf design, but just put Paris Sparkles Chataigne on top.  It wasn't the best choice, though - you can't really see the leaf definition.  It just looks sparkly... which is okay, I guess, just not what I was going for which is exactly what I wanted to do.  Yeah, that's right.  You wouldn't know the difference if I hadn't told you.


Bottle shot:  Priti NYC Lady Killer Crocus, Paris Sparkles Chataigne, OPI DS Tapestry, and Pahlish The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come.

Bottle shot:  Priti NYC Lady Killer Crocus, Paris Sparkles Chataigne, OPI DS Tapestry, and Pahlish The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come.

So, there are two lessons for you today, Fireflies! 1) Striping tape is cool. 2) There are no mistakes in nail art - it's just different from what you originally envisioned!


22 comments:

  1. You did great with the stripping tape! I love this design too, it was so awesome to create! Love the colors you chose to use as well :)

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    1. I actually like yours better - the colors you used were so perfect! I'm glad you like my version, though! Thanks!

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  2. I'm going to have to try that tutorial! Super cute!

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    1. I know I'll be breaking this out again come fall when I'm in some challenge that requires leaf art. It could be done a thousand ways with a thousand different colors.

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    1. Thank you! I tried to find colors I liked together - even if they'd never look like that in Real Life! lol

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  4. Great idea to use striping tape like that for the leaves!

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    1. That's my fave part of this look, too.

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  5. What a great idea. You are so creative!! Seasons be damned I always say. About nail polishes that is!

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    1. I'm not creative at all.. but I'm a good copycat! lol

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  6. I like the glitter with the striping tape :)

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    1. It was so hard to see the lines - I should have just used glitter on that nail. It was more work for less payoff! lol

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  7. I love how you have done the color blocking. I learn so much from you!

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    1. That's music to my ears. I love knowing that I'm helping someone learn or to feel more comfortable doing nail art. :) It's the teacher in me, I guess! Thank you, Laura!

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  8. love that lady killer crocus, so rich

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    1. I don't know why brown is such an unpopular polish color. I love it!

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  9. Gorgeous ! I wish my job allowed nail polish

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    1. Oh, that would be a great sadness for me! I guess it's pretty common, though.

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