I love the addition of button to my cards but I never seem to have one in the right color and they can be a bit bulky for mailing. Hopefully I can help you with always having a button for your projects – just follow along with my tutorial. If the steps don’t make sense to you, feel free to drop me a line and I’ll try to explain it a bit better.
There are several companies that have an actual button die but if you don’t have one, don’t let that stop you. Gather your punches and other dies, I’ll show you have you can take any shape and make it into a button. Along with the button shapes you need a VersaMark ink pad, a tiny hole paper punch or a paper piercing tool, and clear embossing powder (I like to use the fine granule powder but I think any type will work fine). I forgot to show it here but you’ll also need some adhesive and I love to use a fine-tipped tweezers for holding on to the small shapes. You will also need a heat embossing gun.
Punch or Die Cut your shapes. I’ll be feature the stars going forward – as you can see on the left is the cardstock and to the right of it the patterned paper. So you can see the patterned paper I chose for my card and I wanted buttons that would coordinate well. I took the designer paper and used the inner parts of the stars – by using the same designer paper to make the buttons as the card base, the buttons will always match. When choosing what parts of the designer paper to use, my suggestion is to use a small pattern to make your buttons. Some of my favorite patterns are small polka-dotted papers and small checked papers but experiment – you never know what wonderful buttons you will be able to create!
So here’s how you can take any shape and make it into a button. The middle row shows a small punched circle – below it you can see the same shape with two holes made using a tiny hole punch and if you don’t have a tiny hole punch you can use paper-piercer to make the holes. I also punched holes to the assembled stars. Now you could use them just like this but I like the look of my finished buttons better.
The finished button, see the added dimension the embossing powder adds? If your holes fill in with melted embossing powder – just use your paper-piercer while it is still warm to make nice clean button holes. I find three coats of embossing powder is just fine but if you feel it could use another coat go for it – more than four coats, the embossing powder runs out of room to set on your shape.
So here you can see my finished buttons. I did up some little butterflies so you could see the possibilities using this technique. These buttons I made for the tutorial have more of a masculine feel to them but you can do the same with some pastel papers for those girly cards.
A Few Card Details:
Image: Rock Star Boy – Bugaboo Stamps
Paper: Just Dreamy – Star Bright Twinkle Town by My Mind’s Eye, Cardstock
Dies: Medium Scalloped Border – Memory Box, Star for button – Memory Box
Embellishment: Baker’s Twine, Glossy Accents on Sunglasses
I hope you enjoyed by tutorial – thanks so much for stopping by! Dee