For the base, I used a new brand to me so that's one new thing I've gotten to experience lately, haha! Tonic Polish seems to be all the rage so I grabbed Luminescent from Girly Bits (hooray for Canadian stockists) to see what all the fuss was about. Well I loved it so I've ordered two more already. This is two coats of it. I wrote down that in one type of lighting it looked like a dusty blue/purple duochrome with subtle holo sparkle and in other lighting it was a glowing aqua metallic. However I didn't write down the difference between the lighting so I have no idea what I meant. I think I was just stunned at how complex a polish it is.
For the stamping I used some foils to make some decals with the help of this tutorial. I used my Uber Mat with some Wet n Wild clear coat and when that was fully dry, I stamped the flowers and butterflies with Mundo de Unas Black. Then I painted the insides of the images with foil glue and pressed the foils to it when it was tacky (that's why the clear coat has to be 100% dry, so the foil doesn't stick to that part accidentally). Then, with a clear stamper, I stamped the original image with black again and applied the decal. Trust me, the video makes it make sense. My words sound like gibberish.
I already mentioned that the plate I used is Lina Nail Art Supplies 4 Seasons - Spring 01 but here is the link in case anyone else wants to see what other spring-themed images the plate has on it. Lots of flowers and butterflies - my favourites!
To finish it I used a top coat that came with Born Pretty's Metallic Silver polish. So far it's the best top coat I've found for not cracking foils. This listing says it comes with a base coat but my bottle was labelled top coat. Who knows what it actually is but it works. It's worth the $10 sale price just to have a top coat that doesn't kill foils.
Phew, I'm happy I managed to get my second New Beginning design in with a whole day left to spare in February. Next month's theme should be a cool one. Hopefully I'll be a bit more on-the-ball for March!
'Til next time...