I've been thinking about manis I have kinda tucked in the back of my head and was looking for a stamping polish that had the glow of Nicole by OPI Give Me the 1st Dance, but a darker, more charcoal colour. I couldn't think of polish in my stash that had the look I was wanting (maybe Chanel Graphite, but do you really want to be doing a whole lot of stamping with a $30 bottle of polish? And speaking of Graphite..I'll have to check my bottle to see if I accidentally duped it...hmmmm.....) So anyway, I decided to attempt a franken. It's in the bottle I'm holding in the pix below.
I already knew I liked the sparkle of the stamping from Nicole by OPI Give Me the 1st Dance and knew it stamped well, so poured about a third of a bottle into an empty one. Then added WnW Black Creme a few drops at a time until I got the desired colour I was looking for. Voila! A franken stamping polish is born! I was pretty happy with the results. And while I was at it, I decided to attempt a red version....my first attempt looks a tad darker than I'm wanting, more raspberry than red at this point, so its still a work in progress. I bought more polishes to use for frankening to see what else I can come up with....also switched the silver base to SH Celeb City as it has the same glowy sparkle but a fraction of the price....it doesn't stamp quite as well as Nicole by OPI, but the results are decent enough...especially when you're only wearing your mani for a day or two!
Because I spent half most of my free time making the frankens, I quickly did this mani to test drive my stamping polish. Started with base coat of OPI DC Charged Up Cherry; two coats.
Stamped using Big SdP C with my charcoal franken (I'll call it Franken #1 as I'm not terribly creative!). Its a plate I've used before but was mainly just wanting to do a mani quickly to see how the franken looked for stamping.
Lastly, jazzed it up a bit with some dots using Konad black special polish.
The next morning at the crack of dawn, I took this pix. This is pretty much how it looks IRL. I love how sparkly and glowy the stamping polish is....can't wait to use it again!
I know this is pretty simplistic compared to the beautiful polishes that more serious frankeners come up with, but it seems like it will be perfect for what I have in mind for stamping...and I hope I can replicate the glowy results in other colours!
Thanks for looking!