Here's how you can fake out your friends with homemade "enamel dots" like I did on this card.
Squeeze out some Glossy Accents onto a nonstick craft mat- waxed paper will work just as well. I tried some different sizes, but tend to prefer small ones. Let them dry.
Once they are completely dry pull out some nail polish and make them whatever color you'd like. Let them dry again. It's not a big deal if you color "outside the lines" a bit. Once you peel them off the mat you can trim off any excess.
I think I'll be making a bunch more of these black ones as I've searched all over for black pearls and haven't been able to find any. I also can't foresee any circumstance where I'll be wanting to wear black on my nails again either.
Here are a couple other colors I tried. Generally I think the bolder, brighter ones tend to look better. You may want to go over them with a second coat if the first coat didn't cover well. That's all there is to it! I'd say it's only about a minute of hands-on time and then just waiting for them to dry. I just put another dab of Glossy Accents on the back to attach them to my cards. I like that these are a bit flatter than some of the store-bought enamel accents and will go through the mail easier.
I'd love to see your creations using this technique! Feel free to link up your project with your comments below.
I recently bought the Pop 'n Cuts die from Sizzix hoping that I could use it with my Cuttlebug. It took a bit of experimentation, but here's how I got it to work:
The final cut dimensions of the card are 4 1/4 x 11 inches so I recommend starting with 12x12 paper so that you don't have to line up the ends perfectly. I cut the width of my paper to 5 inches- this doesn't have to be exact, it just has to fit through the width of your Cuttlebug. Now tape it to the die-this is important because you'll be moving the cutting plate and don't want your paper to move.
The cutting plate covers about half of the die so we'll have to run it through the machine twice. Here are my layers: Die with the paper taped on top, C plate, cardboard shims (I used cereal boxes for this-3 layered up was just right for my machine). Now you're ready to run it through!
This is what I had after my first cut- about half of the die cut out. Remember not to move your paper as you take off the cutting plate. Now just layer up your C plate and shims on the other end and run it through again.
...and there you have it!
It may be a bit more work than having the proper machine, but it can be done!
Hi, I'm Emily- card maker, gardener, sewing enthusiast, nature lover and Downton Abbey fan. Thanks for taking a peek into my studio today!