Camping with Butterflies

Hello and welcome! This week’s beautifully simple design is inspired by my short stay outdoors.

Since we went camping over the weekend, I wanted to do a design that reflected the little trip. And that meant I finally had a good excuse to use my butterfly wing stamping plate. I saw a few posts while looking for inspiration, but I needed something a little faster. So I found on Pinterest, and went with Canadian Nail Fanatic’s blog post, because that looked like it might be the quickest.

What I Used:

  • Base Coat: Glisten & Glow – Base Coat
  • 1st Color: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear – Sun Kissed
  • 2nd Color: Starrily – Northern Lights
  • 3rd Color: Twinkled T – Vibin’
  • Top Cost: Essie – Speed Setter Top Coat
  • Maniology Poli-Peel cuticle protector
  • Maniology BM-S188 stamping plate
  • Twinkled T holo stamper
  • scraper
  • lint roller sheet
  • Twinkled T clean up brush, size #2
  • acetone nail polish remover

I started with the usual base coat, then two coats of Sally Hansen – Sun Kissed. For some reason I thought this polish was more sheer, so I was pleasantly surprised when it only took two coats to reach opacity. Then, instead of adding some holo to the design, I decided to go with iridescent flakes. It’s hard to see in the photos, but the flakes added just a touch of sparkle, nothing like the blinding sparkle of holo.

Next, I made the mistake of stamping the wings in black without any liquid latex around my nails. I changed that immediately after the first nail. But sadly, for the first nail, it was a complete pain to clean up. Since there was no rhyme or reason to which wings went on which nails, the stamping went by quickly.

I know I did different wing types on each nail, but Monarch butterflies are the one’s I think of when I see this design. And even though we didn’t actually see any Monarchs on our camping trip, I like to think that the other butterflies appreciated my nails, haha.

Update:

Well it looks like this time around, my pointer finger was the focus of my picking. Somehow, I didn’t completely ruin the nail, but I think it’s about time I stop picking and let them grow stronger. (How many times have I said this before?)

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