Checkerboard scotch tape mani

Friday, May 11, 2012

I haven't sported a scotch tape mani in a while so I was looking forward to doing something special.

Well, after what seemed like hours pulling one polish out just to look at it and put it back again I finally decided on Essie "Smooth Sailing" and Deborah Lippmann "Dancing in the Sheets."

These colors are both stunning and would be delightful on their own. 

I applied Essie "Smooth Sailing" as a base color. Let me tell you. . . I was tempted to stop with just the base coat. Smooth Sailing is completely mesmerizing on its own.

Then I applied a coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry top coat to protect my polish from the tape. And of course to make it dry faster.

Then I used scotch tape to mark off the first checkerboard square. Don't laugh at my tape. It was on clearance and I think I like it better than clear tape. It makes it much easier for me to see where my tape line is. 

Essie Smooth Sailing.
If you try the scotch tape method don't forget to put the tape on the back of your hand or wrist and remove it a couple of times to get a lot of the adhesive off of the tape.

Then I applied a coat of Dancing in the sheets on the area I had taped off and as soon as I was finished painting the polish on I pulled the tape off. I did this on each nail and then applied another coat of Seche Vite.

I taped off the other checkerboard and repeated the steps. One thing that makes it easier is to stop the tape at your cuticle line. This keeps the tape flat on your nail and makes the line cleaner.

I finished off with yet another coat of Seche Vite (I really need to buy stock) and I was finished. . .  Instant nail art!

Scotch tape


  1. Lovely nails and the colour combination! I really like your version. Please don't think I copy you but I've done exactly the same mani(different colours) with tutorial but haven't published it yet x

  2. Smooth Sailing is gorgeous! Get mani!

  3. I love this! I have red and black polishes I may try this with to make a true checkerboard. While I like cutepolish's way, it's a bit too time consuming to do when I have stuff to do. This one takes way less time! I love it!


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