Cara here bringing you this month's Technique Tutorial.
Don't you just love enamel dots...like those by My Mind's Eye....like this?
I've used them so much on recent layouts that I'm almost out of them (I think I had 3 packs of different color combos). But they're kinda expensive, so I haven't replenished my supply yet...luckily! Because then I came across a "Pin" on Pinterest about making your own enamel dots from inexpensive "pony" beads, the ones like this...
Well, it just so happens that my 7 year old daughter has a ton of these...YAY! And you can get them at Walmart, craft stores, lots of places for cheap!
So, here's what you do...
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and put the beads on some wax paper on a cookie sheet. Bake them till they become smooth puddles (about 15 minutes).
*A word of warning-they do smell as they melt and create a bit of smoke, so you'll want to have a fan handy to extract!
Here's an example of the finished product...
Just use glue dots on the back to adhere them to your projects.
AND...if you want smaller enamel dots, just use "melty" beads (again, found easily at Walmart or craft stores)...the ones that look like this.
Now...go have fun creating!