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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

E is for e.l.f. and Elephant


Howdy, everyone!  Time for another ABC Challenge manicure!  This week's letter is "E".  I had a hard time coming up with something to do.  I knew I wanted to add some nail art this week, rather than doing just a swatch (not that there's anything wrong with swatching, I was just feeling creative!).  I ended up doing a google search for "things that start with e" lol  It worked out alright...here's what I got:



"E" is for Elephant!  Isn't he cute?!  I've named him George :)  I started here with 2 coats of Sinful Colors Smokin' (a dark grey creme) on every nail but the accent, there I started with 2 coats of e.l.f.'s Misty Haze (a light blue/grey creme).  I wanted to get a sort of elephant skin look to my non-accent nails, so I used a saran wrap technique.  After Smokin' had dried, I applied a coat of Misty Haze and then dabbed it with a bunched up piece of saran wrap.  The polish sticks to the saran wrap and lifts off the nail creating a wrinkle or marble pattern.  After Misty Haze dried, I repeated the process with e.l.f.'s Desert Haze (a beige nude creme).  I recommend at least 2 coats of top coat with this technique as the saran wrap tends to leave things bumpy.



George was created with a Sharpie, some black striping polish, a white nail art pen and Sinful Colors' Soul Mate (a salmon pink creme).  I'm pretty proud of him, as he turned out so much better than I expected. 

If you get a moment, go check out the other ladies participating in the ABC Challenge.  You can find them via the thumbnails at the bottom of the post.

Thanks so much for reading!


34 comments:

  1. What a fun mani!!! I wish I could draw on my nails like that. George is adorable!

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  2. Yay!!! Someone did an elephant!! George looks fabulous!! I wish I could draw animals like that!!

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    1. I was going to do an echidna, but I thought an elephant was more recognizable to people lol Thanks!

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  3. This is so cool!! George is awesome!!! Great mani - I am lovin it!

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    1. Thanks, Kimber! This is such a fun challenge!

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  4. How fun! George is cute. I like the effect from the saran wrap - looks cool.

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    1. Saran wrap is one of those things I forget about, and then I do it, and I fall in love all over again! Thanks!

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  5. This is so cute! I could never do detail work like that!

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    1. It's really easier than you think, especially with a Sharpie instead of polish brush. Thank you!

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  6. Yes, he is VERY cute! Great job!

    (Wish I could draw!)

    Lisa :)

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  7. The Saran Wrap technique always looks so good! I loooove it! And your elephant is super cute ^^

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    1. I should really be doing Saran wrap manis more often, they're so easy and look so great! Thank you!

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  8. Hmmm, I never thought about using a Sharpie! That's a good idea!

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    1. The best part of using a Sharpie is that it wipes off with rubbing alcohol, so if you make a mistake, it's easy to start over. Thanks!

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  9. This is so much fun!! I love the idea and George looks super cute ;D

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    1. Thank you! I'm certainly having a great time with the challenge, I hope you are, too!

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  10. George is adorable! I love what you did, saran wrap manis are fun.

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    1. Thank you! It's amazing how such an easy technique garners such pretty results :)

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  11. Ohh what a cute mani! Love the elephant!

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  12. AN ELEPHANT!!! I was so hoping to see an elephant today, so proud of you for tackling it!! George is so so so cute, I want to squish him!! Are you doing frogs next week?!?! :)

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    1. I named him for that old Bugs Bunny cartoon with the Abominable Snowman. "I will name him George, and I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him." :) I don't have next week's mani planned, but I may have to do frogs, they're pretty darn cute! Thank you!

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  13. How cute! I love the elephant idea :)

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