Monday, December 9, 2013

Coal In My Stocking Nails

Hi everyone, welcome to Monday.  The holidays are edging closer and closer it seems like.  We had our first good snow yesterday, although I did manage to go see Catching Fire after I thought that I wouldn't be able to.  It was really good, better than the first one in my opinion.

Today I have a concept that came to me after work one day....coal in my stocking.  I am the first to admit that I wasn't a very well behaved child but one year I was so bad, that Santa threatened me!  One day near the holidays when I was in elementary school, the doorbell rang and sitting on the doormat was a letter addressed to me.  Santa had written me a personal note, in red crayon, saying that I had better shape up or I really was getting coal in my stocking.  Boy did that scare me. 

To create this look, I used a technique created by Sarah of Chalkboard Nails, which creates a dragged, distressed look to the nails.  For those nails, I started with a base of Essie Licorice and dragged the tops with OPI Suzi Takes the Wheel.  I then followed with another coat of black and then another coat of grey.   For my accent nail, I started with Essie Licorice and then layered on Shimmer Polish Valerie.  I created my stocking with a nail art brush, Essie Licorice, OPI First Date at the Golden Gate, and OPI My Vampire is Buff.

Below I have a picture with some actual coal (not received for Christmas).  My husband and I both have geology degrees so of course we have some coal lying around our house.

Last but not least is my actual stocking that I've been using since I was born, in 1987 :)  It's quilted and has various different floral patterns.

How do you like these coal nails?  Has Santa ever threatened you?  ;)