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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

"quickie" testing lightbox

Hi Kids!
I just spent the last couple of days making a lightbox. Go figure- Sun's out today, and I'm taking pictures in a box.
Anyway, this mani is a real "quickie, using Color Club, Wild At Heart as my base color, a nail decal, some contrasting color fauxnad stamping with a franken, and Milani, 3D Hi-Tech dots. I also tested Sally Hansen Insta-Dri topcoat on my pinky...what a fail. Totally smudged my stamp.

Looks like I need to work on getting better bulbs and changing my lighting placement. This is all new to me, so please forgive the less than ok pictures.













I have a camera tri-pod, but I can't seem to place that right, fit it all in the opening of the box and get my hand in there without resorting to gymnastics.


























If all goes well tonight, I'll be photographing all the goodies I have for my massive Giveaway!!!

24 comments:

Thess said...

I think it is sweet! <3
How long does it take you to make these kind of mani's?

Skulda said...

Awesome mani!  I love it. 8-)

Michèle said...

Oh wow i think these pictures turned out really great! And i adore the background :)

And of course, the mani, I love it! Its so happy and springlike <3

PS. About the fauxnad leaves, I had such a hard time with it too! Maybe it works best on really flat nails, yours and mine are a bit curvy hah. But don't give up on it, because I know for sure that it would look so amazing on you! 

ange-marie said...

Wild at Heart is the best purple holo. ever. There I said it. I FRICKIN LOVE the background of you lightbox!!!!!!!!!! damn, now I need to make mine not suck. or suck less...

Evil Angel said...

I love the mani and your backdrop in your lightbox is so fancy! :)

nihrida said...

You did a great job with this lightbox! How are you going to name it? =D
I think the photos and mani are just stunning. Love the combination of purple and yellow...very bold.

amusedPolish said...

i love the backround of your new lightbox :D

I cant wait to see what pretties you're giving away :)

Musicalhouses said...

Great job with the ligthbox! i really like it! I oftne wish I had a lightbox too, for photo taking at night! It would make taking colour-accurate photos SO much easier. I love your nails too. You have the most creative manis ever!

Lily nail said...

so cuuuuute !!!!

painted Lady fingers said...

Your manicure is gorgeous! I love the combination of metallic and holographic elements. The phrase 'psychedelic eggplant' came to mind. 

Have a great time putting your giveaway together. So much fun! 

ainos2 said...

Sheesh, I'm *still* not done with this thing! In trying to research what would work best for me, I am now cutting out the sides and top. I'm going for the difused option...tracing paper. But I can't just slap it on. I'm making frames for the tracing paper, and am looking at my (household diy) molding pile for "channels" that the frames can slide on.
This thing is gonna fly when I'm through with it!

Its name? It should be obvious...
Optimus Prime!

ainos2 said...

Thanks Thess! I sort of got side-tracked after applying the decals. I wasn't satisfied with the Konad Princess Yellow and got lost in frankening a better color.
My best guess is under an hour.

ainos2 said...

Thanks Miss!

ainos2 said...

I'm not anywhere near satisfied with these pictures. Your Blog and pictures have inspired me to improve.

My problem with that image is that the stamper doesn't get the whole pattern.

ainos2 said...

I spend all of last night gluing those pailettes on posterboard, the kitchen table, my socks and on my husbands left cheek.

I'm not complaining though. I was super excited to work on something crafty. It felt like I was in 8th grade again, doing a science fair project.

ainos2 said...

Thanks Andrea! I hope you're on your way to feeling better!

Fancy lightbox...hmmmm, well, the title to my Blog is glammed-up for a reason. I *always* glam things up! It is a sickness as real as nail polish collecting.

ainos2 said...

Thank you Miss!
A lightbox is a good substitute when ideal lighting is not available.

ainos2 said...

Thanks Diana!
This lightbox building and tweeking is taking up more time than I had planned. I may not get to photographing my Giveaway items for several more days.

Arrianne said...

I tried and failed at making a light box...so I said screw it and I still use the sun. I don't really like light box photos anyway, so I guess no loss here.

I can't wait to see what we get for your giveaway!

ART OF NAIL said...

i really like this, the color are so pretty... you are so amazing.. im one of your avid fan! great great job...

mrsrexy said...

Love this design as all you do!  Did you get my swap request?Emailed u 2x...no problem if you're not interested but please let me know!!

gildedangel said...

Wow, that manicure is so beautiful!!!

makeupgirl21 said...

This is a gorgeous shade.  Love the floral decorations.

babbling brooke said...

Loving this design!!!  Beautiful color choices and great design :)