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Christmas Challenge 2013 Day 6: Christmas food

Christmas food was another tough challenge for me in the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts Christmas Winter Challenge.

I didn’t really know what to do, and spent ages trawling through images of Christmas fayre for some inspiration. Ultimately, I couldn’t come up with anything original to do, so I went with the standard candy canes French tip manicure. I think I may have done my lines a bit too close together, so it looks a bit more red than white, but in my defence, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a real candy cane.

I used NYC Pinstripe White for the tips. It’s usually a great French tip white as it’s ivory rather than bright white, but in this case, I think a brighter white would have been better. I added a coat of Barry M Nude over the whole nail before adding in the diagonal stripes using red acrylic paint. I have bought a wonderful new tool, a nail art pen, that made it so easy to draw on the lines. It’s fantastic and I cannot wait to use it for more intricate things; I’m sure it will improve my nail art no end.

Finally, I added in the silver edging using a silver Nailene Stripe FX striper. I’m not wildly excited by this manicure. You can see my stained nails through the base colour for a start.

Candy cane French tips manicure
Candy cane French tips using NYC Pinstripe White, Barry M Nude, red acrylic paint and a silver striper

There are just two more challenge manicures to go. I’ve already done my Winter Characters – I did it some time ago before I even knew about this challenge. And then there’s the New Year’s manicure, which I expect will be blingy.

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:
  • French manicure colours: NYC Pinstripe White and Barry M Nude
  • Candy cane stripes: red acrylic paint
  • Silver stripe: Nailene Stripe FX striper in silver
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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This looks great! I love the simplicity of this! I had a look at your new nail art tool – I’ve never seen anything like it for nail art before, but it looks so good! I can’t wait to see your other designs using this tool! 🙂

Claire Kerr

I’m not much of an artist, but I’ve tried this pen on paper and it’s brilliant – gives you so much more control than a brush.

Brethil Ebontree

I think you did a good job, it looks perfect. But I’m not a big french tip fan myself (stained nails, ugh). That nail art pen looks just like a nib/dip/fountain pen. I wonder if those would work as well.

Claire Kerr

Yeah, the stained nails don’t help a French tip, do they?! The pen *is* just a fountain pen nib, kind of. I guess a fountain pen would work just as well – but perhaps one you don’t want to use again!


So pretty! That nail art pen looks interesting, I’ll have to research it some more =) TFS!