Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Whoo Hoo Wednesday - Custom Buttons

I love adding buttons to my cards, but due to space constraints my button stash isn’t very big.  In my dream craft room, I’d have jars of buttons in every color!  Since that’s not my reality, I devised a way to customize them for any project using things I already have.

You’ll need:
·         Buttons – any size
·         Circle punches to match the button sizes
·         Patterned stamps
·         Inks
·         White craft glue
·         Paper piercer
·         Glossy adhesive
·         Thread/twine

These are the buttons I covered.  It’s best to choose your flattest ones:

Next, stamp patterns on scraps of white cardstock.  I used green and kraft inks with Vintage Backgrounds and Background Basics I  from Inspired By Stamping.

Use circle punches to coordinate with your button sizes.  I used ½” and ¾” punches.

(this punched circle goes on a larger button, not shown in the picture)

Smear white craft glue to the back of the punched circle and adhere to button; let dry.

After the glue has dried, pierce through button holes with paper piercer.

At this point, you can leave the buttons as they are, or add a glossy lacquer adhesive over the button fronts.  Be sure to use the paper piercer when they are dry and poke through the button holes once again.  A word of caution:  glossy adhesive can slightly alter your ink color.  Add twine or embroidery floss if you like.

I set these custom buttons on beautiful doilies from Delicate Doilies and Delicate Doilies II – some of my FAVE IBS stamps!  The birthday wish is from Fancy Sentiments.  

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and thanks for stopping by today.  :-)

Stamps: Delicate Doilies, Delicate Doilies II, Fancy Sentiments, Vintage Backgrounds, Basic Backgrounds I - Inspired By Stamping
Paper: white cardstock
Ink: kraft, black inks
Fibers: twine, embroidery thread
Other: pearls; glossy lacquer adhesive; paper piercing tool; scalloped edge punch


Hussena said...

What a lovely Sneak peek ...I just loved the tutorial too ...Thanks for Sharing :)

Bumblebee said...

ooh, I will definitely be having a go at this, I have so many spare buttons I could customise. Thanks for the tutorial!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Off to see!!!

Benzi said...

Wonderful tutorial, Colleen! I have tried that before but yours are so much prettier with the stamped design.

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Lisa Elton said...

just checked this our Colleen...GREAT JOB!!!

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