Before I get to today's post, I must point out that tomorrow is my 26th birthday! I might not get a chance to post, but birthday wishes will be well received, hehe. :D
Anyways, I've been really inspired to play around with stamping lately, mostly because this year I'm one of the judges for Bundle Monster's Halloween Nail Art Contest! I've participated in one of Bundle Monster's Nail Art Contests before (and won!), so it was really cool to be offered the opportunity to participate this year in a whole different way.
So, to (hopefully) help inspire some of you to enter this awesome contest, I've created a fun Halloween manicure below using some of the Bundle Monster products I own.
I wanted the base of my manicure to have more visual interest than just a solid colour provides, so I decided to create a two-toned base for all of my nails. First off, I laid down one coat of a white creme polish so that the other colours would really pop. Then I just used the polish brushes to paint each nail two different colours. Because I knew I would be stamping over it, I didn't pay too much attention to the straightness of the lines or if they were perfectly centered.
The purple I used is Color Club Pucc-licious, the orange is Zoya Arizona and the green is Orly Fresh. To speed up the drying process before stamping, I added a coat of Seche Vite.
After waiting about 30 minutes (during which I worked on the seating chart for my wedding), I added the stamping using one of the cut glass type images from BM-208 to all of my nails except the ring nail, to which I added the skull and bones design from BM-225. The stamping was done using Konad Special Polish in Black. I let the stamping dry for just a couple of minutes before adding a final coat of Seche Vite.
I really love how this design turned out! I wouldn't say it would be first prize worthy, but I had fun creating it and it's gotten me a bunch of compliments already.
Speaking of prizes, the grand prize for winning Bundle Monster's Nail Art Contest is worth over $150, so I highly encourage all of you talented nail art enthusiasts to enter! I've had so much fun perusing the entries already and I'd absolutely love to see more!
The deadline for submissions is October 15th, so you still have a few days to put a design together! Check out Bundle Monster's Facebook page for more information and all of the contest rules.
Thanks for looking!