I found the striping tape to be easy to work with. It was thin, easy to cut and maneuver with. Also, I was able to place it, then pick up the piece again and reposition it. The striping tape didn't pull up my manicure like regular tape sometimes does. I purchased my striping tape from ebay, for maybe $5, for I think 8 different colors of tape.
This mani combines my dear dotting tool with striping tape, while mixing patterns can look garish, I think the black and white color combo keeps it from being over the top.
The white is OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and the black is China Glaze Liquid Leather.
This was a busy mani but I really love it, particularly the polka dots. I can't wait to do another polka dot mani, and look for some more stripes once baseball season starts :)