Friday, June 8, 2012

NOTD: hot Hot HOT gradient!

Hello!

The challenge for this Friday in my stamping group was to use hot Hot HOT colors in combination! So of course I did a gradient since I've been trying to learn them...in this case, with colors reminiscent of flames:

Afternoon sunlight



Midday sunlight



Shade
I started with a base of Sun Worshipper over a coat of ridge filler (I figured instead of white polish, this would kill two birds with one stone, and it worked, so this is an alternative for neons). I have to admit...I hate this color. I've tried to use it a few ways now, and this is the only way I can wear it--when I cover it up with other polish. The formula on it is horrible, and the color makes my hands look dirty. It's the only polish I actually regret buying...but I do like how it worked with this gradient manicure, so I think maybe I need to open my mind to alternative possibilities with it.

Next I did a sponging gradient with Sun Worshipper, Yee-Haw, and Radiant Rust (all by China Glaze). It was/is pretty, but I felt it needed a flash of something more to make it really HOT--so I stamped a flame using MASH plate 48 and Konad red stamping polish. Seche Vite finished it up.

You might wonder why I put the stamp on the middle finger and not the ring finger. I could pretend to be all counter-culture, raging against the 'Man' that says the accent finger should be the ring finger--but sadly I am not that cool. The truth is, I had a split, and it started to separate. So, I put the stamp over it to hide the line. It worked perfectly, you couldn't see it even IRL unless you looked really closely! :)

I'm definitely still mastering this technique--it certainly could be better. I'll keep at it, but I do think this one is sassy and fun. :)

Thanks for looking, and please check out the other ladies who participated below!

M.

10 comments:

  1. You say that you are still learning but your gradient is perfect :) Love the flame too xx

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    1. That is very kind of you to say! When I look at it all I see are the parts where the gradient isn't smooth or I missed a bit...>.< Thanks for boosting my confidence! :)

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  2. this is really really hot :D you're on fire! pretty cool!

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  3. This is fab, love the colours you've used :)

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    1. Thanks! My first attempt had colors that were so similar you couldn't tell them apart..:/

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  4. This looks fantastic!!!! GREAT JOB!

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  5. Thanks Laurie! High praise from the gradient queen, for sure! I'm getting better with practice...Just finished my duochrome gradient with Just Spotted The Lizard and I love how it came out. :)

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