April 25, 2013

Pattern Paper Buttons

Hi! Leah from Paperblossoms here to share with you how you can make your own pattern paper buttons.  All the buttons in my card were made using this tutorial so let's get started!

First you'll need to cut your buttons out of pattern paper. You can use a die or your Cricut. I used my Cricut and the Artiste cartridge page 46 to cut my buttons at 3/4". You will also need some VersaMark ink, clear embossing powder and a heat gun. I tried using Ultra Thick embossing powder and really didn't like the results. It made the paper have a very yellowish tint after embossing and muddied the pattern of the paper, so I used Clear Detail embossing powder instead with much better results.

To get a more defined button hole especially when cutting them out with your Cricut, I used a 1/8" hole punch. Then you coat the top of each button in VersaMark ink by lightly pushing them into your ink pad.

Tweezers come in very handy for the next couple of steps. Now that your button is covered with ink you coat it well with your Clear Embossing powder and then heat set it. I then immediately poured more embossing powder over it while it was still hot as the powder will stick to itself and heat set it again giving it two coats. Then set aside to dry.

After you get them all embossed you have some fun buttons to use on a project! I chose to make a baby card and added some embroidery thread to each of them. Even though the pattern paper is fairly light weight, the addition of the embossing powder actually gives the buttons a bit of stiffness and I didn't find any trouble using the thinner paper. I hope you'll give it a try! Thanks so much for joining me today. :)
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