Friday, January 20, 2017

Before & After: Zoya Merida + Messy Mansion MM79XL

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Hello!


Today I have another serene winter scene for you--I'm really enjoying winter this year since we're actually getting rain and cold weather in my neck of the woods after several years of drought! No snow, of course, but I can dream about it, which is probably why I love this type of nail art.


For my base, I started with Zoya Merida (also available here), a gorgeous deep forest green scattered holo:


Zoya Merida
Zoya Merida

I chose this to capture the complexity of winter pine trees, and then I stamped the big reversed tree image from Messy Mansion MM79XL in Messy Mansion Chalk:


Messy Mansion MM79XL
Messy Mansion MM79XL


Here's how it looked after that step:

Messy Mansion MM79XL and Bundle Monster BM-H02 over Zoya Merida
Messy Mansion MM79XL and Bundle Monster BM-H02 over Zoya Merida


Then I added made a decal of the cardinal image from Bundle Monster BM-H02:


Bundle Monster BM-H02
Bundle Monster BM-H02


I stamped the decal with Messy Mansion Carbon, and colored it with Messy Mansion Red-y Or Not and Banana Bender. Here's how it came out:



Messy Mansion MM79XL and Bundle Monster BM-H02 over Zoya Merida
Messy Mansion MM79XL and Bundle Monster BM-H02 over Zoya Merida

Messy Mansion MM79XL and Bundle Monster BM-H02 over Zoya Merida
Messy Mansion MM79XL and Bundle Monster BM-H02 over Zoya Merida


What do you think?! I love how this came out, and I love looking at it. The holo creates a deep dimension that makes it look like there's a bunch of needles, and I love the snow accents. And while I've never seen a red cardinal in real life, I did once come out to find a yellow cardinal on my bird bath, and that was a very cool moment that this reminds me of. :)


Happy stamping!
M.

31 comments:

  1. I like how these turned out a lot.

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  2. Very nice. Not a fan of winter, but I have to agree I like this serene, quiet feel..and you manage to translate it to nail art so well.

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    1. I'm coming around to your way of thinking--it's been crazy cold here this winter! Nothing like where you are, but still...brrrrr

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  3. Well done! My inky lil brain saw the tree image you used as a pine cone until I saw how you used it. LOL

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    1. You know, it very well could be a pine cone now that I look at it...>.> LOL!

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  4. Nice mani. Merida is on my wishilist. Beautiful shade :)

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  5. Love this look! Merida is always a winner.

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    1. It really is. I love Zoya's scattered holos so hard...

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  6. Love the final result! Merida has been on my list for awhile.

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    1. You gotta grab it, in the Earth Day sale if not before!

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  7. Adding the cardinal is a stroke of genius! Your stamping always brightens my day.

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    1. Thank you so much! That comment totally made *my* day. :)

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  8. What a gorgeous base colour. Stunning nails x

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  9. These are just perfect! The cardinal was the perfect addition!x Great use of Merida.

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  10. The cardinal really makes this mani for me. It's a great use of layering.

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    1. Thank you! I'm partial to the little guy myself. :)

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  11. Very nicely done. I just loved the base too

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    1. Thank you!! It's such a lovely polish...sigh...

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  12. Very nicely done. I just loved the base too

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  13. Merida is one of my favorite Zoyas, I love the look you did here!

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