Sunday, March 1, 2015

House of Cards March 2015 Challenge - Enamel Dots

Hello everyone, and welcome back to a new monthly challenge here at House of Cards.  I so enjoy seeing all the creations each month, not only from the design team, but also from you, the challenge participants.

This month's challenge is ...

There are many videos out there showing how to make your own enamel dots using pony and perler beads.  Here is a youtube video by Brittany H showing just how to do this.  I made a bunch of different sizes and colors to have on hand using Brittany's directions.  And check out how my fellow design team member, Lillian, shows you another way to make your own enamel dots. The fun just doesn't end.

And here is my inspiration card for this month's challenge.

Fold Kraft card stock in half to make 5" x7" card.  Trim blue print layer to 4-1/2" x 6-1/2".  Distress edges.  I used my Distress-It-All tool, but use whatever tool you have to do this.  Apply Mowed Lawn DS around edges, then blend with blending tool and adhere to card front.

Trim Music print layer to 1-1/2" by 6-1/2".  Dry emboss with chain embossing folder.  Distress edges.  Apply Gathered Twigs DS around edges, blend with blending tool and adhere to left side of card front.

Color seam binding with Mowed Lawn and water.  Adhere strip around top edge of print layer.  Make a single loop bow from a second piece and adhere to card, as shown, adding paper butterfly over bow center.

Cut out sentiment from paper pad, edge with Gathered Twigs DS and adhere to upper right of card front.

Die cut large medallion from a piece of pink print paper, and the small medallion from the green print paper. Add a bit of the Mowed Lawn DS over the small medallion. Adhere small medallion to center of large medallion, adhere to lower half of card front.

Cover the chipboard dress form with Tarnished Brass DP, add the Verdigris embossing powder to it while still wet.  Heat the embossing powder.  I liked that some of the brass color showed through, so I left it with the one coat of embossing powder.  Adhere to lower right with foam dots.  Add cream colored enamel dots along bottom edge.

Add a spray of various flowers to the left side, adding a large pink enamel dot in the center of the largest flower.

For more bling, I added light blue enamel dots at the four corners of the large medallion, and tan enamel dots at the corners of the sentiment.  How fun is this?


Kraft card stock (7" x 10")
Kaisercraft Kaleidoscope 6-1/2" paper pad
Spellbinders Victorian Medallion Two
Lifestyle Crafts GooseBumpz Chain embossing folder
Perler and Pony (5mm and 9mm) beads (various colors)
Chipboard dress form (Gina's Designs)
Ranger Antiquities Verdigris embossing powder
Distress Stain (DS): Gathered Twigs, Mowed Lawn
Distress Paint DP): Tarnished Brass
Ranger blending tool
Zutter Distress-it-All
Webster's Pages lace
5/8" seam binding ribbon
Paper flowers and butterfly (Petaloo and Recollections)

I would also like to share my card with Imagination Crafts Challenge Blog-Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by, and please come back on Monday for MORE inspiration from this very talented Design Team!  We hope you join in the fun, too--please check out our House Rules HERE before linking up!  I can't wait to see your creations!

Barbara xo


  1. Woooww Barbara you have so many lovely enamel dots on your card and the color are adorable Love love love what you made here so many lovely elements on your card...I adore your idea..hugs, Monika (DT member)

  2. Amazed by all your details and layers Barbara.
    Dt HOC teamie hugs MeretheA :)

  3. Lovely card Barbara, love all the layering.
    Lorry :o) xx

  4. Wow, great card and ideas for enamel dots, thanks for the inspiration. Donna T, HOC DT pal

  5. Such a beautiful creation you have here. Love all the details.

    HOC DT member

  6. Beautiful creation Barbara! Love all the vintagey elements and your use of enamel dots! Judy HOC teamie

  7. WOW Barbara, your card is gorgeous! I love all of the textures and that beautiful dress!
    Tammy x

  8. So pretty and with lots of texture and details! Just lovely! Hugs, Gracie / HOC DT

  9. Barbara, this is cool! I love that both of our cards have a women and beauty theme--we could not have planned it better! :)

    HOC DT teamie

  10. Wow, you made some great dots, I'm going to have to try this bead melting technique. Love the card with a brilliant sentiment.

  11. Wow, you made some great dots, I'm going to have to try this bead melting technique. Love the card with a brilliant sentiment.

  12. Barbara, this is SO awesome! I LOVE these melted bead dots--they are fabulous! Such a pretty mixed-media feel! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  13. Gorgeous card Barbara! Love the unique way you used the enamel dots as part of the dress design. Have a great day.

  14. Who knew enamel dots could go vintage! Great job!

  15. I love all these fabulous layers of color and texture! The enamel dots are the perfect finish!
    Take care!
    Michele, HOC teamie

  16. Oh my god, all these lovely elements on this beautiful card!! Love how you used the enamel dots!!
    Rosi x HOC DT

  17. Lovely card! Beautiful! Love all the details!
    Lilian HOC DT