January 06, 2013
I saw a hand painted mani by Simply Rin that she titled Blue Wave, which resembled a gorgeous blue ombre rose. Click here to see the mani. I thought it was really pretty, so I wanted to (somewhat) recreate the mani using stamping plates. I have absolutely NO skills outside the stamping plates.
I started with two coats of HITS Twist. See last photo for swatch. I was disappointed in this polish. First, I hate the brushes the brand uses. The are too large and wide for my liking. Secondly, although my photo looks like there was good coverage, there wasn't. It applied streaky and would have required a third coat. I didn't add a third coat because I knew I was stamping over it. Also, the polish wanted to pool around my cuticles. Thirdly, I was expecting MORE flakies! =) Maybe I got a bad bottle or it was user error.
I stamped on the rose design with Bundle Monster stamping plate BM-323. Instead of covering the full image with a single color, I did three sections of color on the image using Konad stamping polishes in white and baby blue. Basically, I would put a stripe of white, then baby blue, and then white. I scraped off like normal in a downward motion and stamped. Photos show no top coat.