Wednesday, April 17, 2013

ABC Challenge - "O" is for Orly, OPI, and Optical Illusions

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Step right up, step right up!!  I feel like a carnival barker...and I am beyond ecstatic about this week.  Now, before we get to the pictures, keep in mind this is not perfect work.  And, I need to give credit where credit is due.  Last week, Lisa @ LOZLOSA posted a FANTASTIC "newspaper" mani, with instructions (link to it HERE).  I loved this enough to try it this week.

Like I said, not perfect.  I was nervous because of the images I picked - very black heavy.  And a LOT of paper fiber left behind on the nail, some of which I didn't get because I was afraid of wiping off the black (yea, I should not have worried).  On top of that, my allergies are into overdrive, and trying to paint my nails with a staining red while coughing and sneezing, well, lets just say I did NOT color well within the lines.  I'm using my chitty cuticle pass this week.  Overall, I am SOOOO pleased with this - the options are truly limitless with this technique.  (The Orly red was crazy shiny, and pictures were taken at night.  Weather forecast for the next 3 days - rain.  I may update later if I can get something that resembles daylight, but otherwise...sorry, you will have to suffer through with the crappy photos).

 
 
**THIS IS MY FAVORITE**


 
Here are the original images I used.  I ended up inserting them into a Word document, and adjusted down the size from there.  They had to be drastically reduced, but the 12 original images I picked easily fit on one page.
























Finally, colors used:
OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls
Orly - Unlawful


I SO wish I had better photos to do a little justice to how this turned out.  Thank you so much Lisa for the inspiration.

As always, Kimber at Kimber's Lacquer Korner is responsible for the group you see below.  If you want to join, visit her website, click on ABC Challenge, and drop her a request.  And no cheating...if you haven't signed up, please don't link.

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22 comments:

  1. I love this!! I see the faces before I see the vase haha

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  2. I love this! Great idea and it turned out great!

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  3. Optical illusions! What a great use of "O"! I see faces before vases too. Does that mean anything? Plus they rhyme... weird coincidence?

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  4. Fabuolus!! I so have to try this soon. And I'm painting my nails with Orly Unlawful right now for tomorrow's post, and you're right! It's like water.

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    1. It's disappointing. It's such a fabulous red - not as tomato looking as in my pictures. It has a jelly look, so I was prepared to do 3 coats, but I wasn't really careful with the first one, and that was it. It's like cool-aid stains - they won't come out for anything. Glad I base coated this.

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  5. I've always wondered how I could do optical illusion nails, but never thought of doing them like this! I love the idea and think the overall look is fab!! I really like the simple black and white next to that firey red!

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    1. I had optical illusion in my head in the beginning, but threw it away because I had NO idea how to pull off. Then Lisa did her thing...

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  6. What a great idea with the optical illusions! I'm gonna have to give this a try, the other technique I tried for newsprint nails was disappointing, but this one seems to work really well. I am beyond bummed with this weather. I know we need the rain, but sheesh!

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    1. This was insanely easy. But it has to be a laser printer...I didn't read that part real well originally, and used my inkjet. Big fat FAIL. I'm not artistic, especially with my right hand, so this kind of stuff is my only real option.

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  7. I love the thumb!!!!!! That's what I think of when I read "optical illusion". Gorgeous! And that jelly red is awesome!

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    1. Thanks! I didn't think those tight swirls would translate to such a small images. I was very pleasantly surprised.

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  8. Fantastic mani girl!! You totally nailed it!! This sounds so much better tan stamping! hahaha I might have to give it a try, I also loved Lisa's nails last week.

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  9. great idea! I will have to try this one for sure. And that red is stunning!

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  10. Chitty cuticle!! Bahahaha!! I'm going to use that now!! I totally was going to do the face one too but freehand and I didn't want to mess it up so this is the perfect alernative!! Great idea!!

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  11. Oh wow! That really worked great for you too!

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  12. Great idea! Her tutorial is just amazing ^^

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  13. WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! OMG, what a great idea to use these images. Man, I love those optical illusions. And on a manicure!

    Wow! You outdid yourself. And what was that you mentioned about cuticles? Gotta tell ya, I wasn't looking at your cuticles. I've no clue what your cuticles look like. I was looking at that nail ART! OMG.

    I'm so tickled you gave it a shot. You did a mindblowing job!

    Lisa

    PS And you're so sweet... Thanks for your kind words! <3

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  14. This is so cool!!!!! I really need to replace my printer so I can try tis technique, but how awesome are those images? And so creative! Wow!!!!!!

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  15. Great job and superb idea! Your nails are really hypnotic! :D

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  16. Optical Illusions for the challenge.. that is SO FRIGGIN BRILLIANT!! They came out amazing girl. I love it! One of my favorite mani's of all the challenges :) Thanks for sharing the images! Maybe I'll try this soon too :D

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