I LOVE THIS MANI!!  I seriously can't stop looking at it!  And it photographed so well!  Monica was looking for some ideas for black and gold combinations.  This is what I came up with.

I've got five different ideas to show you here.  First, on my pinkie, how can you go wrong with a gradient?  My black is China Glaze Liquid Leather.  Then I sponged on Sinful Colors This Is It and a little Milani Gold Glitz.  On my ring finger, I started with a base of Sinful Colors This Is It, then with a fine striping brush on some feathery, grassy stripes with Liquid Leather, then a few stripes of This Is It on top of the black.

On my middle finger, I used some craft scissors to cut a fancy edge in some tape, then polished This Is It over Liquid Leather.  Then sponged on some Milani Gold Glitz to help bring out the gold.    On my index finger, I started with Milani Gold Glitz then free handed "the claw" design.  Just in case anyone was wondering why I call this "the claw," it's because the colored part resembles a talon to me.

My thumb is my favorite!  I seriously couldn't stop looking at it!  Again, the black is China Glaze Liquid Leather, but I cheated a little with the gold.  It's an acrylic craft paint.  It's a gold metallic and it's fantastic!  I used a small striping brush just like on my ring finger, but started from the side.  I might have to do a whole mani like this.  So pretty.