Saturday, March 02, 2013

Faux Enamel dots

I love the enamel dots that I've seen on so many tutorials lately but I can't find a local shop that stocks them. I know that I could buy them on the internet, but not sure if any UK stockist have them. Even if I did buy them they would cost me a fortune as I would want every colour going. So what's a crafter like me going to do about it. Counterfeit it of course.
I have quite an assortment of paint swatches, you know the ones that they mix to your particular shade, I think I picked up practically every strip going several years ago. I had every intention of using them on my layouts but never did.
So here is how I made my 'enamel dots'

Faux enamel dot tutorial

Just in case you can't read the instruction here they are again

1. Punch out different sized dots from paint swatches
2. Place upside down on an embossing mat (mine is a swimming aid )
3. Use appropriate size embossing tools for each dot
4. Place them on a glue dot that is still attached to the backing paper
5. Hold this in place on your cutting board with a little bit of sellotape
6. Cover with a decent quantity of glossy accents
7. Leave to dry
8. Leave on backing sheet till ready to use. (the bigger ones may need another glue dot)

This way I am going to have all the colours I need and all it's cost me is time and effort, a few glue dots and glossy accents.

Have fun

22 comments:

Angi Crandall said...

What a fabulous idea! I don't have many paint swatches, but I do have lots of bits of scrap paper. Can't wait to try this out!

li-bee-ti said...

That is so creative! love the idea and I will give it a try.
TFS!

Angela Coles said...

great idea. I'll be trying that with my little ones.

Kirsty.a said...

These are great. I've noticed enamel dots popping up everywhere recently too

joyce rodli said...

thank you for sharing.

Julie H said...

Oooh, Mary, what a clever idea! Will definitely be giving this one a try!

Ali said...

What a brilliant idea Mary, thanks for sharing!! I am off to B & Q in a minute so will grab a handful of colour charts :0)

Jimjams said...

Brilliant dots - well done. I wonder if clear nail varnish would work as well?

Sian said...

That's very nifty! I love the shade of blue you chose for your samples too

glorygirl said...

Super great idea! Loooove this!!!

Lisa said...

what a creative way of making these dots! you are right about the fortune - I'd get every colour I found if I could!

Maria Ontiveros said...

That's really clever!
Rinda

One Scrap Happy Momma said...

You are so smart and creative! This is a fantastic idea!

Julia said...

Fabulous idea!!!

Jennifer Grace said...

Awesome idea for creating enamel dots - thank for the tutorial! x

Chipper said...

What a FAB idea. I would never have thought of it!

Nikki said...

Great idea Mary, will have to visit B&Q this weekend .;)

crimsoncat05 said...

this is a great idea, and far less costly than enamel dots would be, for sure!! thanks for sharing it!!

happysnapper said...

Ooh I like this Mary. I have the paint strips saved from our decorating in ds,s bedroom must use them and scrap that decorating story too, thanks for the inspiration x

Ruth said...

What a great idea! I'm going to try this! :) Thanks for sharing!

Tindaloo said...

Love the tip technique! I always make a right mess when I do this, shall try your method next time :)

Marilyn M said...

Never thought of using the paint strips. I always used the paper I was making my card out of and it always matched perfectly. Thanks for the tip.

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