Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Faux Epoxy Button Tutorial

Here's another mini tutorial on how to create the button for this card.
For a tutorial on how to create the epoxy rose click HERE.
Fancy Birthday Card
Acrylic paint (pink)
Button (to use as a template)
(Die-cutting machine and button die to use in place of button template)
Heavy duty scissors
Solvent ink (Timber Brown or any dark color)
Black Sharpie or black marker
Sanding block or file
Background stamp
Versamark or Embossing Ink
Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE)
Craft tweezers (optional)
Heat gun

Step One:  After your painted chipboard is dry, you are ready to create your button.  Find a button to use as a template if you don’t have a die cutting machine/button die available.  Trace your button with pencil.


Step Two:Cut out button with heavy duty scissors and sand edges for a clean edge.


Step Three: Stamp desired image onto your painted chipboard button with solvent ink.


Step Four:  Cover your button in watermark ink/embossing ink.  Sprinkle on some clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE).  (Optional: Use craft tweezers to handle your button if you don’t want to get your fingers messy.)

Step Five:  Melt UTEE with a heat gun.  Layer on more watermark/embossing ink and sprinkle again with UTEE.  Heat the button with a heat gun.  Repeat a third time for a thick layer.  Allow button to totally dry before proceeding to next step.


Step Six:  This step is optional.  Ink the edge of your button if you don’t like the raw chipboard edge.

Step Seven:  Use your button holes as a template to position your button holes.  I chose to mark only two holes.

Step Eight:  Use the dots as a guide for where to punch your button holes.  Use a Crop-A-Dile to punch the holes.  Your button is ready!
 Hope you likey!  In a couple days, I'll go over how to create the stem of that flower you see in the card photo above!