Technique Tuesday #18

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. In these posts I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.

This week’s technique: CREATING ENAMEL DOTS.

Enamel dots can be used for embellishing any type of paper crafts and even added to handmade jewelry. There are many brands and colors of enamel dots available to purchase but they can be a bit costly. So I decided to try making my own. I hope you will too!

You will need: hot glue gun, glue sticks, parchment paper or silicone mat {must be a non-stick surface for easy removal}, nail polish.

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Be sure that your glue gun is really hot and that you squeeze the trigger slowly to dispense the desired size of glue spots on the non-stick surface. Allow to cool completely. *Please note: as with any project using a hot glue gun, please be careful! Serious burns can occur if skin comes in contact with the hot glue.

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I painted them with nail polish while they were still stuck to the silicone mat that I used. Nail polish gives the enamel type finish that enamel dots are known for. I found that 1 coat was enough for light colors but an extra coat can be added until the desired look is achieved. After they have dried for at least 12 hours, just peel them off or use tweezers, clean off the bottom edges if there is any extra nail polish and you have enamel dots ready for your next paper crafting project 🙂
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Hints:
*Any bits of nail polish that remain on a silicone mat, can be easily removed with a cotton ball or Q-tip and nail polish remover. Just be sure to clean the mat with plain water to wash off any nail polish remover residue.
*If there is any extra nail polish around the bottom of the dots, I found it was easiest to clean up the bottom edges by just pressing the little stray bits of polish to the underside of the dots.

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I hope you enjoyed this weeks technique. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. See you next time!

 

Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

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