Papertrey has been releasing these great new dies in the past few months called Button Stacks. They're adorably detailed dies for creating your own buttons.
Bitty Button Stacks (a smaller version of the original)
They're just begging to be used to cut different materials and to use different techniques to create your own unique buttons. I decided to pull them out and play around with some different ideas for my post today. Let me show you a few different ideas I tried out.
For my first card I played around with cutting them from clear cardstock and layering them with some cut from regular cardstock. It's a little hard to see from my photo, but they have a lighty, lacey look.
I layered the clear diecuts over several other buttons stacked up, for lots of dimesion. You could try coloring the clear cardstock with Copics too if you wanted to add a little sheer color.
Next up I tried experimenting with some different techniques using embossing powder. The bright solid colored buttons were embossed with two layers of Zing! embossing powder. I simply pressed my diecut buttin into Versamark ink, then tossed my button into my container of embossing powder, picked it up with the tip of a pin (through one of the holes) and heated it up with my heat gun. I repeated the process to get an extra thick coat of embossing powder. The buttons take on a sort of hard, plastic look.
To create the white buttons with the colored rims, I simply rolled the button around in my Versamark pad on its edge, then dropped it in my container of embossing powder. The effect is just a simply embossed edge that adds a pop of color
For the floral button I took it one step further and stamped some flowers inside using the Mini Blooms set. Then I coated the whole thing with layer of Glossy Accents. It reminds me of those cute printed vintage buttons! A little tip if you try this...the stamped images tended to bleed when I covered them with the Glossy Accents, but I found that covering the stamping with a small piece of clear tape before applying the Glossy Accents prevented this.
My next card uses the same technique of embossing just the edges of the buttons, but this time I used gold embossing powder for a little glam.
I used a few images from the Confetti Garland stamp set to stamp inside the buttons. The background was made using just the tiny dots/diamons from the Background Basics: Art Deco set. The sentiment is from Wet Paint and the other gold accents (tape, twine) are from the Make It Market Luxed Letterpress kit.
For my last card today I experimented with creating my own wooden buttons by diecutting some wood veneer. I layered them up, first inking some with Dark Chocolate ink to get the darker stained wood, and stamping on some others. I also inked the edges a bit to give them more of an authentic woodburned look.
I stitched the holes with some bright colored thread and arranged then all in the top portion of my card. They're so realistic! And I love that these dies are only $5 and $7, so I can have endless buttons for not much more than what it would cost for a pack similar real buttons.
Thanks for stopping by today and sharing in my excitement for these great new dies. They're fun to play around with as I'm sure you've discovered if you took the plunge and got some for yourself. :-)
Have a great weekend!