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Present In Death

Hello, there! Have you ever read the short story by Hector Hugh Munro called The Open Window? [Read it here if you haven’t!] It is a story of how even in death people can very much has a strong presence in a house (…with a twist at the end, of course). I had such an experience early in life, when I was thirteen or so, when I went to visit my cousin’s then in-laws. Her mother-in-law had passed away years ago, as had her sister-in-law at the tender age of nine. The father lived in a large mansion with his three sons and there was this inexplicable feeling in every room that the men were quiet and inconspicuous, swallowed by the cavernous halls, while the two women of the house were omnipresent, larger in death than the living even after decades. While there was nothing overtly paranormal to speak of, never have I experienced a haunted feeling like I did in the two days I spent in that house!

The prompt for the #clairestelle8challenge for today is haunted houses. I was so in love with this mani when I finished, I never wanted to take it off. I’m quite certain I’ll at least be recreating the base again. The glow was ethereal, so say the least!

The base is a sponge gradient using Tonic Polish Don’t Fear The Reaper, a pale grey base with vibrant blue shimmer, and Sapphire, a sapphire blue with matching blue shimmer. Oh, and in case you haven’t noticed, I’ve not only decided to participate in this challenge this month, I added an additional dimension in that I decided I’d be using at least one Tonic polish in an effort to get more use out of my collection of Tonics. It is, after all, what the majority of my collection comprises of.

On the index and pinky fingers, I stamped some sparkly cobwebs using Harp On It by Color Club. On the index finger, I added the pumpkin face using Moyra black stamping polish. For both images, I used Born Pretty plate BP-L057. On the middle finger, I layer-stamped the moon image from Creative Shop plate 150, stamping the base circle in a pale yellow (Moyra Vanilla) and the craters in Konad yellow. Over the moon image, I stamped in black the tree from the same Born Pretty plate. Finally, for the ring finger, I used reverse-stamping. I stamped the house in black using the same Born Pretty plate, and filled in the windows with yellow for lights.

I was just over the moon with how this base gradient turned out! Funny story: this was entirely serendipitous. I had taken out Don’t Fear the Reaper another polish for this mani, and Sapphire for my vampire mani. When the time came, I mistakenly reached for Sapphire and this came to be! Gotta love fortuitous accidents like this, huh?

Let me know what you think of this mani. My goal this year was to do more reverse-stamping, and I’m glad to say I’ve been doing that and have gotten quite quick at filling in images. Now I just need some better lighting in the basement and I’m going to be in a great place!

Hope you all have a good week, and to all my Canadian readers, I hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving!Until the next post, toodles!

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