Metallic Pumpkins

Hi.  I have another Halloween mani for you today.  At first, I was going to paint my nails orange, then add Jack-o-lantern faces, but it didn’t work out at all.  The triangle eyes were just blobby.  Clearly I need more practice painting tiny designs.

After that I decided to stamp jack-o-lanterns on my nails, but orange over a black background didn’t work out very well.  If I had the Konad special stamping polish in orange it probably would have worked… but I don’t, so it didn’t.  I decided a metallic polish might be fund to use, then I remembered I have this great bronze metallic from Nabi, which is orange-like, right?

I painted my nails black, with my old stand-by Black on Black by Sinful Colors.  Then I used my BM222 Plate to stamp the Jack-o-lantern at a jaunty angle.  The nail didn’t look quite finished, so in a fit of inspiration, I grabbed Glitter Goblin and sponged it on the tip.

Voila!  Elegant Jack-o-lantern nails with a bit of glitz!

The picture above is taken indoors and the two below outdoors.  There wasn’t much sun, so it doesn’t show the full beautiful holographc glitter.

Here’s a picture of the polishes I used.

I must say, I love Glitter Goblin from the China Glaze Wicked collection.  It is a beautiful glitter that has a basic copper feel but with lots of holographic micro glitter packed in.  It’s gorgeous on the nail.

Here are a couple of out of focus shots to give you the idea of the delightful holo glitz!

The blurry shot is on purpose so you can see the lovely colours that show up in the light!

I think I’ll stick with this mani until Halloween, then on November 1st, I’ll probably move on to Christmas glitz.  Though I would still like to do a few fall manis before the snow hits.  Either way, I have some great new polishes I’m dying to try!

Oh, I haven’t forgotten about Part 3 of my Halloween hauls.  Hopefully, tomorrow.

Have you decided what mani you’ll wear on Halloween?

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Halloween 2012 – Spider Webs

Hi.  I’m hoping to get a few Halloween manis posted before the big day.  With only a few days left, I’m not sure what I can accomplish, but I’ll give it a try.  I also want to put up my Halloween haul.

First up, I was inspired by a great spider web design by PixiePolish.  I hate spiders, but I loved her beautiful orange and black design.  When it came time to do it, though, I found the prospect of hand painting all those webs daunting, especially using my non-dominant hand.  (Maybe I’ll try it with an accent nail later.)  Then I realized that one of my Bundle Monster stamping plates has a spider web design!  Yay!

Here’s the result.  Do you like the eerie prop? It reminds me of The Blob from the old horror movie!

To do this mani, I used Bizarre Blurple from the China Glaze Wicked collection for the base coat.  It’s such a rich, dark purple-blue, I thought the webs would contrast well.  I used Konad white for the webs to ensure I got good coverage.  The plate is BM13.

If I’d hand painted the webs, I would have overlaid them with Fairy Dust from China Glaze, a lovely sheer holo, to give a glistening effect.  I also considered using a silver for the stamping.  Maybe next time.

My son found a really weird black and orange gourd when he bought our Halloween pumpkin, so I took some shots with that.

Doesn’t it look delightfully creepy?  I think it looks like it’s about to devour my hand. lol

I think the only thing scarier than the gourd in these pictures is the state of my cuticles, but they don’t look that bad when they’re not magnified about 600 percent!

Have you figured out what mani you’re going to do for Halloween?  Please share!

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