Holographic butterfly nail art and tutorial

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sometimes something inspires you. I saw the most amazing idea on YouTube and I just had to try it. It's cutout shapes using a paper punch. You know - the kind you can get in the scrapbook section of your hobby store.

I saw this video of marbled fish shaped cutouts for nail art and I was hooked.

So I set off for Michaels and scored a few punches. They were on sale for 40 percent off so I got them for about $2 each. I saw a lot that I wanted to try but the cutout shape would have been too large.

I decided to go with butterflies. 

Holographic butterfly nail art
Holographic butterfly nail art
 
Now let me share with you how I did it. I used a margarine tub lid and brushed clear nail polish in about a 1 1/2 inch by 2 1/2 inch rectangle. You want the clear polish to be a little larger than the area you will paint the colors. Then I applied Colors by llarowe Good Fortune in a rectangle. After this (and you want to move relatively quickly.) I applied drops of Colors by llarowe Yo, Cupid, Take a Hike, Tank Tops & Flip Flops, Little Red Corvette and Black Gold, Texas Tea.


Then I used a toothpick to swirl the polish. No particular pattern - just a few vertical and then horizontal swirls. 
 

Then I let it dry. The video says to let it dry for an hour. I don't think that's long enough. So I ran some errands and did some chores and came back in a few hours. It was completely dry and came off the margarine lid very easily. I started pulling it off with tweezers and then just used my fingers to remove it from the lid. 


Here's the dried polish pulled off of the lid. It stayed together and didn't stretch at all.


Then I got the punch that I had picked out. I was kind of worried because it has some fine detail. I wasn't sure it would punch cleanly through the polish. But it did!


Here are the butterflies I punched out. There were more. Word to the wise - make sure you keep them out of any wind. And keep it out of the reach of snorting bulldogs. My dog went to check them out and blew half of them across the room.


The I started the assembly. I used Zoya Purity for a base color. Then I applied a coat of Colors by llarowe Coconut. I wanted white and the jelly formula of Coconut over Purity gave me the finish I wanted. Then I applied a clear coat to my nails. Don't use a fast dry top coat. While the top coat was still wet I used a pair of tweezers and applied the cut out butterflies to my nails and pressed down the corners. 


I finished off with a few dots of Colors by llarowe Yo, Cupid, Take a Hike and then applied a top coat of Seche Vite.

I love this look!

Holographic butterfly nail art
Holographic butterfly nail art

Holographic butterfly nail art
Holographic butterfly nail art

Holographic butterfly nail art
Holographic butterfly nail art

Holographic butterfly nail art
Holographic butterfly nail art

Are you going to try this method? It is super easy! I'm definitely going to try and find some different shaped punches.

Some of these polishes were sent to me for an honest review. Some were purchased by me. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may show colors differently.

30 comments

  1. Wow! What a great tutorial! I never would have thought to try this out, but I might have to now.

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    1. I am going to have to try it with different shapes. :)

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  2. I <3 this!!! I think I'll be going to Micheal's later! This is such a great idea!!!

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    1. The punches were on sale for 40 percent off yesterday. :)

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  3. I love this simple yet beautiful idea. I hope you don't mind me attempting this on my nails.

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    1. It's not my original idea. I listed the person I got the idea from in the post. But either way. Of course! Please try it and share photos!

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  4. What an amazing idea and tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing! Your mani came out so pretty!! xD

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    1. Thank you! I think I am going to do this more often.

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  5. Whoa! How cool!!! You make it look so easy, I totally want to try this!

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  6. I love this!! I make my own decals with polish this same way, I never thought about using a decorative hole punch! You are brilliant!

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  7. I'm going to have to try and use a butter lid! Every time I try and do the decals on the Ziploc bag like I was told to do/try I can never get the polish off! Fantastic tutorial! I can't wait to try it!

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  8. These are really cool, and I need to try it! I guess I'll be going to Michael's today for a punchout! :D

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  9. I love this idea! I'm going to have to try this!

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  10. WOW! You took "homemade decals" to a whole new level! Gorgeous!

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  11. This looks awesome! I must get some punches and try it :)

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  12. wow this is awesome, never seen anything like it before. i definitely will try this!! :)

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  13. Definitely going to try this one. I went and watched the video, too. Need to get one of those punchers, though.

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  14. WOW! Absolutely would like to try it :)

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  15. I have this punch!! I'm going to try this tomorrow!! Beautiful.

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  16. I want to try this. It's so cute!

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  17. OH.MY.GLOB. This is amazing!!! Yes yes I would must like to try (and inevitably fail) at this nail art! :)

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  18. Such a neat technique!
    I've never done it before, closest to it I got was trying something similar with a tape, sort of making a heart stencil out of it; but this is so much easier!

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  19. I really want to try this! I need to find smaller punches though. I have all Martha Stewart ones that are too big! LoL but yours came out beautiful!

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  20. I've seen this method before and I so want to try, but haven't gotten around to getting the punches. Maybe I need to actually look for them. Beautiful job!

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  21. This is too beautiful!
    I'm going to try it on a gradient hopefully it won't look bad.

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