At the very last minute I ended up snagging some tickets for the midnight showing of the final Harry Potter film, which of course demanded I do a manicure to fit the night. So I scurried on home and decided it was about freakin' time I tried to do a checkered tape mani.
Each nail is painted with the colours of the Hogwarts houses made to look like the background of a crest (isn't is neat how nails are kind of "crest" shaped too? I think it really helps add to the concept). Overall, this mani was tricky. The paint from my index finger lifted twice, I had polish leaking under the tape, and some polish transfer to other places while removing the tape. I did a bit of touch up work to the really bad spots but I think for the most part it looks great.
Now onto my favourite part: the thumb.
Here is my ode to Dumbledore. I didn't know what to put on my thumb to complete the set, and I figured what could be better than making an "In Memory of Dumbledore" type statement. The stars are simply craft confetti that I had lying around the house. One from each thumb went missing in the forays of battling dark wizards, which I fully expected, but I'm impressed with the durability of the other two. They even made it through the night of me sleeping on them.
Anyway, thanks for looking!