23 December 2012

Advent Calendar Nail Challenge, Day 16: Inspired by a Christmas Song

Hi everyone! I'm really excited about what I came up with for today's post, but I should also warn you that this post is a bit picture heavy! The theme I chose to do for today is "inspired by a Christmas song," and I'll admit that at first I was really at a loss for what to do. I'm not really into many Christmas songs, but I decided to take the song Silent Night as my inspiration. It is one of the few Christmas songs that I like.

Nativity stained glass nails

Nativity stained glass nails

When I was a child, I remember Christmas Eve being a very special time. Several years we went to midnight mass at church (I'm Roman Catholic), and afterwards my sister and I would get to stay up late and open one Christmas present early. Talk about serious anticipation! Knowing that you had to wait another several hours until morning before you got to open the rest of your presents. Sometimes I miss those moments. The holidays really change when you grow up.

But back to the nails. Taking the theme of Silent Night - the Nativity - I decided to depict it in the style of stained glass. I really love stained glass, and especially stained glass in churches! So from left to right I painted the manger, Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus, the Star of Bethlehem, and the Chi Rho symbol.

Nativity stained glass nails

Here's the list of colours that I used:

Sephora by OPI, Living in Cin-namon (for the brown areas)
Essence A Piece of Forever (gold)
Nicole by OPI, Pretty in Plum (for the purple areas)
piCture pOlish Cosmos (blue)
Enchanted Polish Bruised Nutcracker (blue)
piCture pOlish Kryptonite (green)
Zoya Blaze (red)
Essie Sand Tropez (for flesh tones)
Sally Hansen White On (for star and Chi Rho)
Stripe Rite Black (for all outlines)

Nativity stained glass nails

I won't go into details about process because it's pretty simple. Basically I painted in all the colours and then went over everything with the Stripe Rite black. But while it wasn't complex in terms of process, it was very time consuming. I worked slow so that I could get the details right. In total, I think I spent about three hours on this mani.

Nativity stained glass nails (with top coat)

Some of these pictures are taken without a topcoat. I like this because you don't get the reflection in the photos. Others were taken with a top coat - Seche Vite. Overall I love how this mani turned out. Because I used a lot of shimmery colours, it's even more glittery and sparkly in person. It really does look like I have little stained glass nails.

What do you think?

35 comments:

  1. Still in awe over these nails!!! Just so amazing!

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    1. Thanks! And thank you for checking out my blog.

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  2. This is AHmazing! I cannot believe how gorgeous they are! By far the best stained glass nails I've ever seen!

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    1. Laurie, thank you! I'm glad you like them!!

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  3. This is truly stunning! Great work.

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    1. Thank you Minty, that's very nice of you.

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  4. wow, this is AMAZING! I've never seen something like that, that's very impressive! ;D

    I've just been through your blog and really love what you're doing!!

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  5. oh btw, I've just shared your blog post on my FB page because it's too awesome not to share!

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    1. Thank you Nailderella! I'm glad you liked my stained glass nails and thanks for checking out my blog. Also, thanks for sharing, that's really sweet of you! :) I probably should get a FB page, but so far I've resisted spreading myself too thin when it comes to social media.

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  6. This is really amazing!! Completely in love with this mani! <3

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    1. Thank you so much Patricia, and thanks for following! Happy holidays! :)

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  7. The word had been used in several comments but it fits - Ah-mazing! Your stained glass nails are gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you so much Pepper, I'm glad you enjoyed them!

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  8. Wow the detail in this is AMAZING! Great job!

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    1. Thank you Ameerah! And thanks for checking out my blog! :)

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  9. Stunning. Very very impressive. I shared it on my facebook page a few hours ago, and it's been shared a lot from there as well.
    Very well done.
    I poked around your blog a bit- you have skill for sure. I couldn't find a contact for you anywhere, so I will leave this here, but if you would like to submit your info to receive a press kit from Girly Bits, you can fill find that here, at the bottom of the page- http://www.pamsgirlybits.blogspot.ca/p/contact.html

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    1. Thank you Pam, this means a lot to me, I love Girly Bits polishes! Thanks for sharing both my nails and my blog. And thanks for the reminder re: contact info, I really should have this up. I've contacted you through your blog. Happy holidays! :)

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    2. Thank you so much. I am so glad to see that people have been able to see your work.
      I didn't see a message from you, but I may have missed it. Please email me at pamsgirlybits@hotmail.com
      Thank you!

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    3. Oh I see it now. I just checked the contact form spreadsheet. Thank you!

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    4. Great! I'm glad you got it, and please let me know if there's anything else you need! :)

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  10. these are the prettiest stained glass nails I've ever seen!

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    1. Thank you! I'll have to check out other stained glass nails just to see what my competition is like! ;)

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth! Hopefully speechless in a good way. ;)

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    1. Thank you Nicole, and thanks for following! :)

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  13. Amazing, this is art! One of my favorite memories of Church as a child has always been stained glass.

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    1. Wow, thanks Tempera! I agree, the stained glass windows really add a mystical quality to a church, I just wish I spent more time staring at them when I was a kid.

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  14. This is super cool! What an amazing job you did. Happy new year!

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    1. Thanks Jane! And thanks for visiting my blog. Happy new year! :)

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  15. I love these! They are beautiful! Great work! I wonder if I could do these? Maybe if there was a tutorial. Awesome job!

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    1. Thank you. I did a stained glass tutorial here: http://www.willpaintnailsforfood.com/2013/07/picture-polish-blog-fest-2013-art-deco.html

      It's different imagery but the technique is the same.

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  16. Vi hoje sua unha no Pinterst e corri aqui pra conferir de perto, mulher você arrasa, foi a manicure de natal mais linda que já vi, parabéns!!!!
    Uma riqueza nos detalhes, uma perfeita obra!!!!
    Imagino o quão linda será a manicure de natal deste ano...
    Beijos!!!

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