Friday, January 11, 2013

Before & After: Glitter splatter


Today's prompt in the 31 Day Challenge is 'splatter'. I wasn't super enthusiastic about this, because when I previously tried the splatter method, I found it to be a lot of mess, waste, and fuss for an effect you can mostly get other ways (you can get a fairly similar look from the saran wrap method if you're strategic about it). But, it's part of the challenge, and I want to do every prompt if possible, so I settled in to do it. And I figured I'd try it with a twist, and see how it looked with a splatter of glitter.

I have one very important piece of advice for any of you who are considering doing a splatter mani with glitter, at least with very small glitters:


No, really. Trust me. The clean-up was demonic--I'm not joking, I fully expect to wake up screaming in a cold sweat from nightmares about not being able to remove the glitter from my fingers, where the more I clean the more it just spreads and spreads and spreads and spreads all over my fingers and my hands until my whole body is covered in teeny pieces of glitter...::sobs frantically::... Clean up on a regular splatter mani is bad enough, but when you introduce glitter into the mix, it's just abso-flippin-lutely insane. If you decide you must try it, please please please at least put tape on your fingers first. Promise me...Don't be stupid like me...::sobs again::

Okay, end rant.

For my base color, I used Mentality Seduce, a really beautiful blue indie linear holo that I will be reviewing shortly--I have several of Mentality's holos and want to review them all together, but the sunshine is not cooperating, lol! So for now I'll show you this one quickly:

Mentality Seduce

On top of that lovely base, I decided to splatter some Sinful Colors Call You Later, a teeny green glitter that has yellow-gold glitters mixed in. After that, I stamped over it using Sally Hansen Lickety-Split Lime and Cheeky Plate D:

Splish-Splash I was takin' a glitter bath...

Note the glitter left on my fingers after ages and ages of clean-up...grrr...

Hmmm...which way is up?
What do you think? I really love how it all works together. I'm in a very green + blue mood lately, and I like how the stamping works with the glitter to create as similar pattern with a different texture. The truth is, I decided to stamp on it because I had some bald spots from the splatter technique, and I'm glad I did, because I think this is way more interesting than if I'd just left the glitter alone.

Thanks so much for reading, and please check out what the other challengers did, linked below! :)



  1. That mani is great. I like it so much. Kiss you!

  2. This is really cool. Like kelp in the ocean, or something. Very pretty

    1. Yes yes yes! I didn't think of kelp in the ocean, but it's really like that. Too bad I don't have a sea otter stamp, I'd put him right in the middle of it, lol. :)

  3. although I thinik it was a lot of work to clean up Ihave to admit that it looks ssuper pretty with the glitter splatter!

    1. It is pretty, I agree...Once I get over the initial trauma of the clean-up I may do it again, lol. :)

  4. Hahaha, got it! Never splatter with glitter :P The result was amazing though <3

    1. ROFL! Are you sure I wasn't too subtle?? :P And thanks. :)


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