**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.