Today is the day that France celebrates their independence day, Bastille Day! Part of my family is French, so I've always felt a little comaraderie with this day. On top of that, today's challenge in my Purple Crumpet Fairy challenge group is to do a Bastille Day manicure. So guess what I have for you today? ;-)
I've been looking forward to this challenge for a while, and even practiced my free-hand element for it. Ah, the best laid plans...Here is what I planned out and created:
|Happy Bastille Day! Right hand|
|Happy Bastille Day! Right hand again|
This is also a problem because I free-handed my Eiffel Tower in a dark gray, that should have shown up against the background. With the dull light, however, it didn't show up very well. So I had to go over it in black (Wet n Wild Ebony Hates Chris), and, well...I'm not a very good free-hander to start with, let alone when I have to try to double-up. So my Eiffel Tower looks a bit like a cell phone tower. Sigh.
I used China Glaze crackle in Oxidized Aqua, which also does not contrast nearly as nicely with a silver gray as with a silver white. I put Revlon glitter over it, and painted the other third of my flag with Sally Hanson crackle, followed by a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust to make it sparkly. I stamped a blue firework with the Oxidized Aqua (don't worry if you can't see it, it doesn't show up in this light), and then a red firework over it with Pure Ice Siren, using Shany plate SH13.
Don't get me wrong. I like the manicure, I just think I'd like it more if the sun were out!!! I can certainly feel the pain of my British stamping sisters who tend to get a lot of overcast and rainy days even in the summer. The upshot is, I felt like this looked too washed out without the sun to light it up, and I wanted to do something a little more vibrant.
Luckily, I have two hands, so I scrubbed the polish off of my left hand, and designed another manicure! Here is my unplanned creation:
|Happy Bastille Day! Left hand|
For this one, I painted the bottom half of the nails with China Glaze Frostbite, using scotch tape to colorblock. I learned something important--when you have a thin polish, if you paint upward toward the tape, the polish may leak under it. It's better to paint down off of the tape. After I cleaned up my disaster with an acetone-soaked Q-tip, I painted the top half with China Glaze Adventure Red-y. I used white nail tape to delineate the border between the two. Then I stamped a fleur de lis with Sally Hansen White On off-center on each nail, using Mash-35. This captures the colors of the French flag a little more effectively I think! I'll take a picture of the first manicure tomorrow if the sun comes out. :)
Thanks for looking! Please check out the other Bastille Day masterpieces my fellow bloggers created, and Vive La France!!