Friday, 8 November 2013

Blinging Up Buttons

Jimjams - Blinged Up Buttons
In this month's kits to counterfeit there were some lovely sparkly buttons in Jenni Bowlin's Artisan Add-On.  I had a packet of tiny glittery tiles but thought I'd try and add a little glitz to a few translucent orange buttons with sparkly embossing powder:
Coating the back of the buttons with Versamark ink, dipping them in embossing powder and heating them with my heat gun worked like a dream.
You could achieve the same effect with glitter glue but this was super quick to do - just let the melted embossing powder cool for a couple of minutes before touching the button.

Jimjams - Adding sparkle to buttons
Versamark Ink and Kaleidoscope Embossing Powder is a quick and easy way to add sparkle to clear buttons!
(I use an old chopping board covered in aluminium foil to protect my work surface)
I also had a go with some clear buttons and added my own colour with Sharpies - great results!  At first I tried colouring on the front of the button, but it actually worked better on the back - and it also worked perfectly well with coloured pigment inks rather than Versamark.  The embossing powder is slightly rough so it's better to use it on the back of the button or you risk scratching anything that the button rests against.

Jimjams - Coloured Buttons

You could even try adding a multi-colour design with your pens ... or an initial (just remember to use a mirror image if adding it to the back of the button!)

11 comments:

alexa said...

This is such a clever idea! I have clear buttons languishing in a box ... Will be giving this a go :).

Angela Coles said...

great ideas

Sian said...

How clever! Now that I have finally mastered a glue gun, a heat gun might be next..

Missus Wookie said...

Thank you for reminding me of this - although I've never tried 'em with sharpies. May have to invest in a few more clear buttons.

Sandra said...

Oh so very clever

LCSmithSAVED said...

These look FAB!

Lisa-Jane said...

What a fab idea! I will have to try that one. I mentioned you in my previous post because I had previously Pinned your hexagon layout and used your inspiration there. Thanks for visiting me - hope you enjoyed my part of the blog hop x

JulieJ said...

Great counterfeit. I'm sure these will be used a lot on your pages.

Sassy Breese said...

Great idea for sharpies. Funny how they keep multiplying in my tool caddy.

Stacy said...

Very cool! I seem to have accumulated a ton of clear buttons, I'm going to have to try this technique.

Lisa said...

I actually love the tip about the chopping board covered in foil! Why have I never thought of that before? Doh!