**This was supposed to publish HOURS ago! I apologize for the mix up! I have no idea why it didn't publish. Everything appeared to be in order. Sorry.
I love houndstooth patterns! The best houndstooth manis I've seen are stamped. I don't stamp. Then the Nail Nerd posted a tutorial on how to do freehand houndstooth. Yay!
I didn't quite start things off the same way she did because I was doing a gradient under the pattern. I freehanded my squares as well. I made them too big, which messed up the rest of my design. I had to try to squish things in and make everything fit. It still translates as houndstooth I think (unless I ask my husband of course). I love it either way.
While this looks like red, it's actually a fantastic shade of pink, except that's it's call Blowfish Purple by LASplash. It's a gorgeous color. I think it looks red because it's over a very yellow gold, Sinful Colors This Is It. My houndstooth design itself is a gold acrylic. I really want to try this again soon, but I think I'll actually follow her directions next time so my design is a little crisper.