Monday, September 21, 2009

Button, Button, Lets Make a Button

My great friend Kathi has developed a love for buttons (ever since I did a card with Everyday Button Bits :o)  Since she didn't have any matching buttons for a project one time, she decided she could make her own.  When she showed me I thought it was the coolest thing ever!  She gave permission for me to share this awesome technique with you ...

First punch out 6 circles.  Since the top one is the only one that really matters you can use different colors or scraps or whatever.  I've got 1" circles shown, but you can make then larger or smaller if you want.  You can also try using a circle piece of chipboard and mount the pretty circle on the top.

Then run 5 of the circles (including the pretty one) through a 1.5" Xyron (you can use regular adhesive - just make sure you get the back good and sticky ... also only do 5 (voice of experience here :o)

Next stack them all up ... making sure the the one that isn't sticky is on the bottom.  You'll have a little disk like this:

The next step is to emboss.  I have done this with Glassy Glaze (UTEE) and plain old clear EP.  The UTEE give a thicker look as it should so the buttons look more like plastic.  The clear EP give a nice sheen tho too

You'll want to emboss 2 layers of the UTEE or EP.  I also tried it with a third layer of Iridecent Ice over the 2 layers of UTEE. Nice glittery button look

Finally you take your Crop-A-Dile (or other strong punching tool) and punch 2 holes (if you have a larger button you could try and fit 4 holes)

 And there you have it!

Here is the card I made to demo this technique at a recent gathering.

The larger button in the middle is 1", the smaller ones are 3/4" circles.

Enjoy your Monday!

[Seasons Greetings card supplied - all SU!]
Stamps: Snow Swirled, Versamark
Ink: Soft Suede
Paper: Kraft, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Cristams Cocoa (specialty)
Extras: Natural Hemp, Glassy Glaze, 1" & 3/4" circle punch, Crop-a-Dile

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