Simple Houndstooth Stamping

I love geometric patterns and that is often what I am drawn to the most when it comes to stamping. I’ve wanted a plate with houndstooth for a long time and I have to admit it was one of the images I was most excited for on my new Bundle Monster XL plates. Simple pleasures, right?

For this manicure, I started out using Revlon – Bold Sangria, a dark wine colored polish. I love, LOVE the color of this polish, the formula was a bit runny, however and despite my best efforts, it ended up bleeding into my cuticles. That wouldn’t be so bad but did I mention? Dark. Wine. Color. This was a complete bitch to clean up. Horrible. I ended up over-cleaning the polish trying to get it out of my cuticles. Not happy! This one will be moving to me de-stash with nary a glance behind me, because I don’t have time for that!

Revlon - Bold Sangria stamped with M Polish - Apricot Delight
Revlon – Bold Sangria stamped with M Polish – Apricot Delight

I applied a coat of Seche Vite to me base color to aid in drying time and then stamped it with M Polish – Apricot Delight. My whole experience with having to clean up that polish cuticle mess tainted how I felt about the overall mani at the time, but in retrospect, I quite like it.


  • Essie – Grow Stronger Base Coat
  • Revlon – Bold Sangria
  • M Polish – Apricot Delight
  • Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat
  • BM-XL01

Did you spot the crack? Setting up to photograph this mani, I totally cracked the corner off my middle nail, it was hanging on with polish alone (totally another reason I was sick to death of this mani)! I was determined not to chop them all down to the quick though, so I repaired it with ORLY Nail Rescue. You can look at newer posts and not even see a difference!

I really want to do this look again, maybe black and white for a true houndstooth appearance – I can see a ton of possibilities!