Monday, November 10, 2014

Happy Birthday

I went a little overboard with this one - lots of happy color for sure . . .

The really fun thing to share is that this card features DIY enamel dots!  They are so very easy to make:

1. Punch out a few circles from leftover card scraps – I’ve used a cheap, standard office ¼“ hole punch and am planning on finding punches slightly smaller/bigger for variety.
2. Place the dot upside down on a foam mat and use your stylus in a circular motion to form a domed dot - same process as in flower-making.
3. Roll a small glue dot and stick on the end of a pointed wood manicure stick. Use to pick up the paper dot.
4. Tap onto a VersaMark pad, tap onto some clear UTEE and heat.  Quickly tap the hot dot back onto the UTEE and heat a second time.  Repeat one more time.  Watch closely as you heat: there may be a tiny dimple in the top which will disappear in  a second or two as you continue heating.  After the last heating, hold dot upright for five seconds so that the UTEE cools evenly.
5.  Remove from the stick.  Fold another small glue dot in half and use to adhere.

By using your scraps from the same project, your DIY enamel dots will always match perfectly.  Or you can use any colors or any cardstock you like. It takes barely more than a moment to do this and best of all, they're virtually FREE!

Cardstock:   Stampers Emporium Marina Teal, Watercolor
Stamps:        Stampin” Up Itty Bitty Banners: “Happy Birthday”
Inks:               Distress Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade,
                         Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, ColorBox
                         Frost White
Emb Powder:  Stampendous Shabby White, Judikins Opaque White
Dies:              Spellbinders Grand Label 23, Memory Box Fresh Daisies,
                          Stampin’ Up Itty Bitty Banners Die
Emb Folder: Quickutz Woven      
Stencil:          Dylusions Blocks, Small
Doo Dads:    Tsukineko Goosebumps, DIY enamel dots

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