Doesn't it look like realistic mermaid scales?
I'm going to include a little pictorial step by step process at the end of the post, in case the visuals are more helpful than a page of my ramblings, but I'd like feedback on it! I always stamp and sometimes forget there are newcomers to this art that might need a little more explanation, so I'm hoping to improve on it this year :)
My base color is the beautiful Pacific Blue from Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear line. It got quite the attention a while back when this (original) color was reformulated and the new version turned out quite different, yet had the same name.
The original Pacific Blue is popular for many reasons - it has a very nice formula, is pretty much opaque in one coat (I used 2 for evenness) it does not smell and does not stain upon removal. The last 2 are an issue in many blue polishes due to the pigments used. I wasn't into polish back when this one came out (2009), but I've read multiple times that this particular blue got a lot of people into nail polish as there were not a lot of vibrant shades available in the drugstores. (Nouveau Cheap has a couple blog posts over the change, if anyone is curious)
My next step is a sponged gradient. I used SH Insta-Dri Night Fright and Sinful Colors Navy I Do, as well as the Pacific Blue.
Then I topped it all with Arcadia by Baroness X.
Arcadia is a glass flakie polish with iridescent glitter shards. It's suggested to wear it over black for the greatest effect,but I thought it would look great with a gradient as well. I just brushed on one coat and did a little bit of dabbing to get a couple larger flakes onto the nails.
Depending on the lighting, the nails shift colors and can look more subtle, but the green shift definitely stood out for me.
I was pretty pleased with the result, and I could have just stopped here. But it wouldn't be Stamping Saturday if I didn't get my plates out! This definitely called for mermaid scales. Dragon scales could have worked too!
Design is from hehe05, stamping polish is Ya Qin An - Black, from BornPretty Store.
It's like mermaid scales in a bottle!
Now for the pictorial:
I think Sinful Colors Green Ocean could be an alternative to getting this kind of a design.
I hope you've enjoyed this post! Looking forward to having Stamping Saturday resume in 2016 and for my nails to grow back! I've shortened them since the last post - mainly because I had a really bad break a few months ago and have been nursing an acrylic extension but it wasn't blending in and it was just time for it to go. New year, new growths & goals, right? :)