Sunday, July 28, 2013

Before & After: Navy Bubbles

(The products in this post were purchased by me.)


Today's manicure is one of those that comes out just the way you see it in your head...I love it when that happens, and it happens far too rarely!

For today's Sunday Stamping in my Adventures In Stamping group, our theme is to stamp over a saran-wrap background. Since this is one of my favorite techniques, I was all over it, but wanted to do something a little more edgy. So I chose to play a little bit with a dramatic color, rather than use a soft one for my saran-wrap pattern.

I started with a base of Barry M Lilac Foil, which as the name suggests is a lilac foil: 

This is two coats, and while the formula wasn't bad, I seem to have bad luck with Barry Ms. My first coat had bubbles (I have no idea why!), but the second coat covered them up just fine (I think you can see two at the top of my middle finger, but that's not really anything). As foils tend to do, this one streaks a bit, and you have to be careful. But on the positive side, the color is very pretty, and this is an excellent stamping polish, as well. :)

For my saran-wrap layer, I chose a deep blue, Orly's In The Navy. In person it's even a bit darker than it shows here, but honestly I'm just glad that between the purples and the blues, my camera was willing to take pictures of the manicure at all. In fact, funny story--I went to take the first picture, and the camera shut down! Turns out my battery was dead, but I'm not convinced that's all there was to it...I think it was my camera's way of sticking its tongue out at me, and saying 'Oh HECK no.'. But I digress...and just because you're paranoid doesn't mean your camera isn't out to get you.

Next, I stamped a bubbly circle image from Cheeky plate 26 with Barry M Silver Foil. I finished off the look with blue rhinestones in the middle of the biggest circles:

I'll try to take another picture outside in the morning to see if I can get the blue to be the fully right color, but this shows it pretty darn well. This is one of my favorite manicures I've done in a long time, and I hope you like it, too!

Edit: This outside picture shows the contrast a little better. :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Hugs and psychedelic oceans full of bubbles,


  1. Gorgeous mani! Love the colours <3

  2. What a unique looking manicure! It looks great! :) The blue really pairs well with the base color.

  3. What a fantastic mani! I love the bubbles! :)

  4. Ahh, pretty! I especially love the saran wrap.
    Shame that Barry M's not playing nicely with you; I love that brand (yup, can get it fairly easily :D).

    1. ROFL! Yeah, I'm not sure what's up with me and Barry. Everyone else on the planet seems to get nothing but love from him, but with me he plays hard to get! :P


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