Trendy Tuesday – Enamel Dots

by Katherine Elliot

Have you seen these pretty, shiny dots on projects lately?  My guess is you”ve seen them, and seen a lot of them.  They are popular, fun, and simple embellishments to add to your paper crafts.  More brands are offering them, too, so take a look at these projects and be inspired to dot, dot, dot away!


Card by Angie Tieman, image source Schwooo!

My Minds Eye is the most prevalent brand of enamel dots.  MME offers packages of coordinating color dots that match many of their paper lines.  As shown in Debby Hughes” super clean & simple card below, however, finding dots that match a patterned paper is just a bonus, as they stand out great on their own.


Card by Debby Hughes, image source Lime Doodle Design

Lost & Found 3 Ruby Enamel Dots 40/Pkg LF3044

My Minds Eye Enamel Dots, image source Stuff4Scrapbooking

Enamel dots accent other trendy shapes, like the arrows seen in Danni Reid”s card shown here…

Danni Reid for MMECard by Danni Reid, image source My Minds Eye blog

The colorful dots make great flower centers, too, as shown in Nicole Laha”s card below…

Card by Nicole Laha, image source, She Zig Zags

More MME dots decorate this colorful scrapbook page…

Jana Eubank for MME

 Scrapbook page by Jana Eubank, using MME Enamel Dots, image source

Enamel dots add some dimension to your project and can be a refreshing alternative to rhinestones or other bling you may be otherwise drawn to use.

Card by Misty Lynn, image source Little Buck”s Creations

Sssproject2_photo2Card and image source from Nichol Magouirk

Other brands offer enamel dots, too.  We all appreciate coordinating colors that match the vast array of brands and various product lines, so you may be interested in these other options from Teresa Collins Designs and Basic Grey…

Card by LeNae Gerig, image source Paper Wishes

Now and Then enamel dots from Teresa Collins Designs, image source Paper Wishes


Basic Grey Candy Buttons

 Basic Grey candy buttons look great in the pretty spring colors coordinating with Adrienne Alvis” Project Life page below…

Project Life page by Adrienne Alvis,  embellished with candy buttons, image source Paper Fab

Other embellishments that closely resemble enamel dots or can be used very similarly are easy to find, too.  Whether you prefer the original shiny opaque embellishments, or something with a little more bling, both can easily be mixed and matched.  Mini pearls and gems from Doodlebug Designs and Studio Calico and Candi Dots from Craftwork Cards are just a few options to consider.

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Doodlebug Design mini pearls

Studio Calico enamel dots & gems

Decorated box by Emma Smith using Candi dots, image source Craftwork Cards blog Candi dots from Craftwork Cards, image source

Another fun idea is to create your own dots!  This could be a great DIY project for some neglected nail polish found in your beauty supplies, as JJ Bolton used in her card below.  Check on her link for information on how she made her own version of enamel dots.

Card by JJ Bolton, DIY dots using nail polish, image source Ribbon Girls

For this last project I”ll share today from the talented Dana Fleckenstein, I just want to reach out and touch these pretty dots…

 Card by Dana Fleckenstein, image source Pixels and Glue

Have you noticed all the different sizes of dots that are including in most brands” enamel dots sets?  The various sizes look like such pretty droplets of paint, or maybe like drops of colorful rain that fell from a make believe rainbow…  Ah… to dream…  Happy crafting, everyone!

7 replies on “Trendy Tuesday – Enamel Dots”

  1. I think I’d use these even more than rhinestones, just cuz I’m that kinda gal. I never got over the brad phase that seems to be from a bygone era for most card makers. I can’t keep up!! {sigh} Great examples on using them. They really do dress up a card.

  2. All of these items are so beautiful but I am especially pleased when I look and the kraft floral card with the yellow and green centers. Happy dance happening….so lovely!!!

  3. First of all, you should have heard me saying, WOW! about the beautiful projects. Now you made me dotty over all those different ways to dot things. Love them.

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