Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Nail Challenge Collaborative: Around the World #3

Hi guys! I've got my third Around the World mani for you today! My original plan for this one was to do a map background and paint and airplane with dotted lines touching down in several cities. I quickly realized that was going to be really hard to execute, so I settled for a treasure map instead. That counts for "Around the World", right?? I say yes!

Full credit for the inspiration for this has to go to Christa of ChrissyAi. I found her mani while browsing Google for "map nails" and I fell in love! I wasn't quite able to replicate her awesome treasure map exactly, but it definitely got the creative juices flowing! Here's a photo of hers:

And here's a look at my take!

For whatever reason, I had the hardest time with glare in these photos, no matter what I did! I suppose that's Seche Vite for you. For this mani, I started with a base of Essie Yogaga, and then I sponged a bit of Essie Mink Muffs for the darker edges to attempt at making the map look aged. For the black and white, I used my trusty Stripe Rite stripers. I drew the letters using a toothpick (that could have gone better haha)! And I used my Sinful Colors striper in Be My Valentine for the X!

Overall, I loved how this turned out. I especially love how the sponging made the map look old. I thought this was a really fun mani and I feel like it captured the essence of the challenge theme. :)
I'd love to hear your thoughts! <3



  1. I LOVE THIS! I'm stuck on my last one, I wish I'd thought of this xD

  2. This is just so pretty, I love it!

  3. You did great recreating them! Its so cute :)

  4. Omigosh, these are too cute for words!

  5. Treasure map is such a cute idea!

  6. I love the pirate look to these nails. I think my son would approve too :) ~Glenda Gosey


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