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!
I'd love to hear your thoughts! <3