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Flowers, rain showers, baby animals, and warm sunny days is what I immediately think of when I think of Spring. (Quickly followed by thoughts of tornadoes and severe weather – but let’s leave my anxieties about Kansas weather off here for now.) When I saw the prompt for butterflies on the #ClaireStelle8April nail art challenge, I knew I was going to be able to do something fun, bright, and happy because it works with the “Spring” theme so nicely. Yellow Butterflies is where I ended up.
I started with a shimmery iridescent base color that is a yellow-to-gray color. I’ve had it forever. It’s another one of my oldies from a life long ago. Once I had two coats of it on and had added a latex barrier, I stamped the flourish-flowers with a bright, opaque yellow and waited for it to dry. I only did one hand and then went back with the white for the butterflies on top before moving over to the left hand. Once everything was on and set, I topped it with a gorgeous iridescent glitter. Unfortunately, it barely shows up in the photo. Iridescent are really hard to capture.
This is one of my first “double stamp” attempts. As often is the case, I wasn’t sure what I really wanted to do before I began and spent an hour or so poking around in Pinterest and Instagram for some inspiration. (It’s the most frustrating part of nail art – there are so many choices and combinations available!!) It finally struck with this pin from @mani.cave on Instagram.
I love her layered look (and I really like her color choice as well) and adapted it to my own nails and what plates I had. All-in-all, I’m very pleased with the way my yellow butterfly set turned out.