December 13, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen: Abstracted Christmas Tree with China Glaze Cling On + TONS of Glittahhhh!

Today I finally tried my own version of a Miss Debbie Crumpet manicure that made a huge impression on me a long while ago, pretty much literally when I first started getting really into nail art during a Purple Crumpet Fairy (now Crumpet's Nail Tarts) Christmas Challenge. I thought Debbie's Christmas Tree mani using magnetic polish was just the absolute most brilliant and creative thing I had seen someone do! Check out my version using China Glaze Cling On and two super shiny indie glitters.

Manicurity | The Digit-al Dozen: Abstracted Christmas Tree with China Glaze Cling On + TONS of Glittahhhh!


First I did a layer of CND Green Scene because it's opaque in one coat and I thought it would be a nice, green, calm backdrop to show through the magnetic polish. Then one thick-ish coat of China Glaze Cling On and the usual 'hold the magnet and try not to dink it into the polish while still being really close to it' thing, one nail at a time. This was my first time using the China Glaze magnetic pattern sheet thing (maybe just called 'magnet'?) and it was a big ole whomp-whomp - the flat magnet piece doesn't do much for my super curvy nails unless I do each nail in 3 long vertical strips and hold the magnet at an angle to get each section. For someone with much flatter nail beds, this magnet will do just fine because I do think it's fairly strong and quick at making the pattern - just awful flat.

Manicurity | The Digit-al Dozen: Abstracted Christmas Tree with China Glaze Cling On + TONS of Glittahhhh!

Manicurity | The Digit-al Dozen: Abstracted Christmas Tree with China Glaze Cling On + TONS of Glittahhhh!

Manicurity | The Digit-al Dozen: Abstracted Christmas Tree with China Glaze Cling On + TONS of Glittahhhh!

To add some decorations and 'ornaments' to my magnetic tree nails, I used a red and a gold polish (also because that is our theme this month, surprise!) - Lacquistry's Very Merry Holly Berry and Candy Lacquer's Heart of Gold. I really love both of these brands and have quite a few from each! Generally speaking Candy Lacquer polishes are a little more sparse, while Lacquistry polishes are PACKED with glitter. Sometimes I apply Candy Lacquer polishes with a makeup wedge sponge because I don't like all the clear suspension base on my nail. Anyhoo, these are  s t u n n i n g  in person and both glitters are super crazy great because they're both a mix of highly reflective metallic and holo glitters; these nails literally bling and reflect onto all of the surfaces near them!

Don't forget to check out the original mani from Debbie that inspired today's post.
And of course, please check out the other Digit-al Dozen red/green/gold nails for today!

6 comments:

  1. How festive and traditional looking with all those colors :)

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  2. What a good idea! I think the pattern came through wonderfully on at least a few of your nails. :) And you're right about the bling-- holy cow!

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  3. I love it! Fabulous! And that glitter! Ooooh! Love!

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  4. This is really neat! The glitter really makes it! :)

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  5. that magnetic base works so well - love it x

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