Monday, January 23, 2017

A Few of My Favourite Things

I'm not quite sure what to call this mani...I thought something along the lines of 'Arctic Life' except there are no dolphins in the arctic (well, normally anyway)!  Then thought maybe 'Mammal Life" except the iceberg isn't a mammal.  Perhaps I should have added penguins to the index finger to make it more 'Artic Life" appropriate...maybe next time!  I also was thinking..."one of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn't belong"...going back to Sesame Street days lol!  Anyway, even if the mani doesn't make sense, I still liked how it turned out!  This is what I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats of OPI Suzi Without A Paddle, no top coat.

Topped with a a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 

Did a sponged gradient using OPI Suzi Without A Paddle, OPI Is That A Spear in Your Pocket?, OPI Super Trop-i-cal-i-fiji-istic and Zoya Natty. As you can see on a couple of the nails, I had an issue with Zoya Natty coming off when I was sponging it so had to use another sponge and dab it back on so the gradient isn't as smooth as I would like. I don't know why it does this...any tips would be helpful!

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

I had made some stamper decals using Creative Shop 37 (bear and iceberg/killer whale image) and Creative Shop 38 (dolphins) using combination of acrylic paints and polishes.

Applied them; also stamped onto the pinky an image from Creative Shop 28. I think of all the work on the gradient and except the index finger, you can hardly tell!

The pinky stamping didn't show up that well, so I double stamped using same image, then did some fill with same stamping polishes to the waves.  Also stamped in a few more bubbles on the index finger.

Creative Shop 28

Creative Shop 38

Topped it off with a final coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

I've been lucky that I have seen dolphins, whales and killer whales on my travels; those can be taken off the my bucket list! While I've seen glaciers, I haven't seen a big iceberg like this (did see baby bergs!) although seeing big icebergs like this in person is certainly on my bucket list.  So is seeing polar bears in the wild! Some day hopefully!

Thanks for looking!


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