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Blue Trees | Christmas Challenge 2013 Day 2: Winter Nature

I am a bit gutted about today’s prompt for the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts Christmas Winter Challenge.

You see it calls for a winter nature scene, and I have the perfect stamping plate for it. But I don’t really have it – not yet, anyway. There’s a beautiful image in the Bundle Monster Create Your Own set, on plate BM-407. It has perfect, wintry-looking trees on it and I wanted to stamp it in brown over a white textured glitter polish. But I can’t. I bought the set when it came out, and my parents said they’d buy it for me for Christmas, so I gave it to my Mum to wrap up. I am so disappointed that I can’t do the manicure I want to for this prompt.

So instead, I searched online for some inspiration and came across a watercolour painting of some lovely looking trees, entitled True Blue, painted by a Canadian artist called Angela Vandenbogaard. I thought they looked quite wintry, so decided to recreate them on my nails.

I used Barry M Blackberry for the tree trunk, then four Barry M polishes for the dotted foliage: Blackberry, Blueberry, Blue Grape and Turquoise.

Winter nature blue dotted trees nails
Christmas Winter Challenge 2013 Day 2: Winter nature – abstract dotted blue trees using Barry M Blackberry, Blueberry, Blue Grape and Turquoise

I have nowhere near the same skill as the original artist, and I’ve made my tree trunks go too far up within the foliage, but I do like these. I couldn’t get my camera to capture them well though. My photo makes them look more blurry and less defined than they are in real life.


Crumpets Nail Tarts Christmas Winter Challenge 2013


Here’s the other manicures from today’s prompt:

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colours: two coats of Sinful Colours Snow Me White or Barry M Blueberry
  • Tree trunks: Barry M Blackberry
  • Dotted tree leaves: Barry M Blackberry, Barry M Blueberry, Barry M Blue Grape, Barry M Turquoise
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Simply, classy, and cute! Great job!


These look so nice! The trees are so simple but so effective! I love the colour combination you’ve used too! 🙂

Alexandria Brady

These are so cool, the colors are super pretty! <3

A Little Polish

This is just DARLING! I love those trees!!

Enigmatic Rambles

I like these, they do look quite arty 🙂


These nails are absolutely gorgeous. What a work of art! I’ve just pinned this – I would love to try to recreate these trees but I don’t think they’d come out as well as yours did 😉


Claire Kerr

They really weren’t very hard to do. I did the tree trunks with a tiny nail art brush, and I thinned down my polish a bit. They just took a bit of bravery. But the dots were so simple. Give it a go!

Debbie Crumpet

this is absolutely gorgeous! perfect choice of colours xx


These are absolutely gorgeous! I love them!