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Today we're going to take a little seasonal trip over the line from winter into spring...well, okay, probably we'll skip right past spring into summer, but you get the idea. And the plate that's gonna take us there is MoYou London's Scandi Collection 02--here's the video review I did of the plate:
And here's a still look at the plate:
Each image on the plate is 1.5 x 2.0 cm. This collection has a comics-like style and simplicity that I think lends itself to a variety of techniques, quickly and easily. The linearity of the designs makes them perfect for stamping and leaving--one color over your base color will create a simple but beautiful mani. But if you want more, the lines on these make leadlighting and decal-making with blocks of color easy and gorgeous--and the watercolor sharpie technique is going to look great, too.
So how do they stamp?
MoYou London has always been top-of-the-line when it comes to quality, I've rarely had an image on one of their plates give me trouble when it comes to picking up or transfer. These were no exception, and in fact they played so well, I'd easily recommend this plate to an absolute beginner--if you're a stamping virgin, this plate with be very gentle with you. ;-)
For my first mani, I started with a base of Sassy Pants Polish New Fallen Snow, my current favorite polish for getting a snow-like feel in my nail art. Then I stamped the mountianscape first in black (I used Girly Bits Cosmetics Little Black Dress and I pulled off the rays with a piece of tape before stamping), then I went back and stamped the rays with Sally Hansen Lightning, Orange Impulse, and Rapid Red:
I love the feel of this--like the warm sun is coming up over the icy landscape, lighting it up and starting the transitional melt into spring.
For my second mani, I started with a base of Zoya Dory, and then stamped the lighthouse and the ocean images with Girly Bits Cosmetics Little Black Dress; I like the way this looks just by itself, so took a picture before I colored it in:
I think this is a fun mani on it's own, but I wanted to add just a little wash of color, so I used the watercolor Sharpie technique (scribble the Sharpie ink on a plastic bag or silicone mat, let it dry, then use alcohol to pick it up with your brush) to add some green to the water and some purple to the boat and lighthouse:
The camera didn't pick up the purple stripes on the lighthouse as well as it shows in real life, but you get the idea. I prefer this version because it just gives it a little extra something. What do you think? Either way, are you looking forward to getting away from the cold landscapes and inter summery walks by the ocean?
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