It is Sunday, which means I am going to get back to Adventures in Stamping. I love all the groups I belong to, but this one holds a special place in my heart because my polish obsession started with my first Konad stamp.
The theme for today is stamped over orange. Ok....I like orange, but I tend to use it as an accent....unless it is October. So I looked through my stash for inspiration and stumbled across exactly what I wanted. Last month I won a giveaway from Laney Says. I won my choice of Aly's Dream Polish. This is what I chose.
This is Aly's Dream Polish #64 Copper. Before I tell you all about it, I have to say that you should go check out her store HERE. Her store is filled with holos in every color imaginable! And if this is any indication of the quality...well, just look at the rest of these pics!
As soon as I painted this gorgeous burnt orange holo on my nails I was thankful that I actually started this mani during the day! I ran outside immediately to see if the sun was still out, so please forgive the poor clean up.
I kept trying to capture the linear scatter on this holo, because it really is there, but this is the closest I could get.
This went on smoothly, with no dragging and was fully opaque in two coats. One coat had enough coverage that I think this could end up being a good stamper. Shown is two coats of holo goodness with Sech Vite on all but the pinky. All my Layla holos are dramatically dulled by topcoat, so I wanted to see if the same happened with this....I didn't dull it, but my A type personality sees a little tiny bit of scattering to the linearness (why won't spell check recognize my made up words? Tee hee). Maybe if I used something other than Sech? Hmmm....
Next I stamped with LeaLaC XL B (purchased from Llarowe) and Konad Special Black. I have been having some trouble with my Special Black not stamping as well as it's first days. I think it has thickened maybe? Anyone know if I can use a thinner in it?
As an aside, some may remember the streaking I was getting with Konad Special black when I applied topcoat. I topped this with Cult Nails Wicked Fast with no streaking at all! During the last Cult Nails sale, I added several Cults to my stash (YEAH) and was surprised to find Wicked Fast added to my package. Smart of them, since it has since become my favorite topcoat. Sech is still my go to if I need to smooth out glitters, but Wicked Fast dries just as quickly as Sech and gives a glassy smooth finish, which is what I want in a topcoat.
Okay, back to the mani! Although this is nice on it's own, I have been wanting to play with some flocking powder I purchased from Born Pretty.
One nail at a time, I added dots of black polish with my large dotting tool, added flocking powder and gently pressed the powder down. After giving it all a chance to dry, I brushed the excess powder off.
I learned a couple of things from this experience. First, don't blow to get off the excess! I ended up with flocking powder everywhere! DUH. Secondly, yes, you do need to press the flocking powder gently into the polish. I tried one finger without pressing and had to go back and do it again. Finally, tapping the flocking powder down made my dots "spread", so in the future I will try making the attaching polish smaller than I want it to actually end up....does that make sense?
What do you think of my fancy pom poms (tee hee)? Thanks for looking and see you tomorrow!