How to Make Your Own Buttons Out of Card Stock
card stock heavier the better-(Recollections, Georgia Pacific, Bazzill)
clear embossing powder- Stampin Up
heat gun, tweezers, paper bag or parchment paper for baking
embossing ink pad- Versa Mark
paper piercing tool, self healing mat, 1/8" hole punch
punches- Recollections, Fiskars, Stampin Up
dies or and die cutting machines- I used Cricut "Life is a Beach, and Preserves"
Other Supplies to make projects:
card stock- Recollections, American Crafts, Georgia Pacific, Imagine That! digital papers
ribbons- Really Reasonable Ribbon, Morex Corp., Singer, Details and Accessories
ric rac- Martha Stewart
diecut- Spellbinders Splendid Circles
Copics or other medium
Have you ever needed a button but you did not have the right color, shape, or size? I have many times. This tutorial is to show you how easy it is to make your own with scraps of card stock punches or dies and embossing powder.
Gather together your supplies and set up your work station.
Punch out your shapes or use a die cutting machine. If you use a print use a small print.
Using a 1/8" hole punch, punch holes for your larger buttons.
For your smaller buttons use a paper piercing tool to add the holes for your buttons. I found it was best to place the image on your mat then making a small hole.
Next pick up your image and using a twisting motion to make the hole bigger in your button.
Take your button and ink it up with embossing ink. Making sure the surface is covered.
Now place the button in the Clear Embossing Powder, covering the button on the side that was inked.
Using your tweezers, hold the button in the button hole and heat your button.
Heat the button with the heat gun just till the embossing powder becomes shiny.
Repeat the steps 2 more times. Ink the paper, place it in embossing powder, and then heat.
After the 3rd heating you should have a shiny button. The surface will be smooth. If not, ink and emboss one more time. Do not do it more or it will be murky.
This photo shows a finished button.
This photo shows 2 finished buttons and. The one on the right is card stock. If you need a lighter color use a lighter card stock than what is on your project as the color does become darker with embossing.
Here are 2 more finished buttons. As you can see they look almost translucent in places.
Here are my finished buttons. It took a whole jar of embossing powder to make these.
Color your digis with your choice of medium. I am using digis by Robyn's Fetish called "I Love Cookies, Luv Watermelon, and Boy Beach Babe." I am using Copics.
Colors used are.
Reds- R12, R14, R17, R29, R32, R35, R37, R56
Blues-B000, B00, B01, B02, B04, B05, B12, B21, B24, B26, B29, B52
Yellows- Y00, Y02, Y04, Y06, Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, YR21, YR23, YR24, YR31
Greens- YG41, G03, G05, G07, G43, G46
Black- C10 Pinks- RV00, RV02
Browns- E31, E33, E37, E41, E43, E44, E47, E49, E95, E97, E99
Skin- E000, E00, E01, R20, Sand- E0000, W00, W1
Water- BG10, Bg11, BG13, BG15, BG18
This is a 12" x 12" Scrapbook layout. These buttons are great for a layout. They are thinner than store bought buttons so they fit perfectly in a scrapbook.
Here is a tag and 3 cards using the buttons.
The back of the tag using 2 buttons on it. This is a pocket tag for a gift card.
Thanks for dropping in to join me in making buttons. It was a lot of fun. I hope you will give this a try.
Until next time happy crafting.
Imagine That!- digital papers
Really Reasonable Ribbon- ribbon
Dees Designs- I first saw this technique here.
Robyn's Fetish Digital store-
I am entering my scrapbook layout in:
The Outlawz Alcohol marker red, white, and blue challenge-