Christmas Challenge 2013 Day 4: Christmas traditions
Today is all about Christmas traditions for the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts Christmas Winter Challenge.
There was so much I could have taken as inspiration for this prompt: Christmas trees, decorations, Christmas jumpers, mistletoe, gifts … the list could go on tenfold.
I decided to go with holly. I love holly. I love the wonderfully shaped leaves with their prickly spines, and the contrast of red berries against the dark green foliage. It is a traditional Christmas decoration and when I was younger, it was always my (probably self-appointed) role to go and cut a sprig of holly from the bush in the garden, for placing on the Christmas pudding.
I’ve used Seventeen Celestial Pearl as a shimmery, golden-ivory base. Sadly my photos don’t pick up the magical sparkle of Celestial Pearl.
Then I stamped using Revlon Emerald and Bundle Monster plate BM-14. First off I did holly all over the ring finger, as an accent, but it looked far too busy, so I re-did it. The berries are simply dotted on using Revlon Red.
These look fabulous in natural light. The subtle gold sparkle of Celestial Pearl gives it a really elegant look. Such a shame about my photos. I think I need to buy another light to add to my photography set-up, so that my sparkly and holographic polishes can be photographed more accurately. Any suggestions? What do other bloggers do?
Here’s the other manicures from today’s prompt:
- Base colour: two coats of Seventeen Celestial Pearl
- Stamping polish:Revlon Emerald
- Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-14
- Dotting: Revlon Red
- Top coat: none
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