Have you ever created a card and went on a search for that perfect color of button to compliment it, only to find that nothing in your stash really works?
Hi everyone! True here, and today I am going to share a super simple technique with you.
Why not paint your buttons? See … told you … simple!
There are several ways to paint your buttons. You can use brush-on acrylic paints, spray paint or other mediums.
I am going to share my favorite method—gesso and alcohol ink. It gives the buttons the rustic look of painted wooden buttons.
Begin by selecting your buttons. The colors of your buttons do not matter, so pick the ugliest buttons that you are least likely to use as is.
Brush a couple of coats of white gesso onto buttons and allow the buttons to dry. You can use a heat gun to speed up the drying process if you prefer.
Add a couple of drops of alcohol ink. On larger buttons you may have to use a brush to guide the ink over the entire surface.
You can use multiple colors of ink to get the perfect shade, as I did with the purple button. Allow to dry.
You can use the buttons “as is” or you can coat them entirely with a gloss medium, spray them with a glimmer medium, or like I did, add some glitter. I simply brushed Diamond Glaze on the areas that I wanted the glitter.
Then I placed the button into the glitter. Shake off excess glitter and allow to dry.
Here is the card I created. Now you can see why I wanted my buttons to have glitter. They perfectly match the pretty Glitz ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon!
You could always just buy unfinished wooden buttons, but this works in a pinch if you don’t have any, and it’s an awesome way to use up the “ugly” buttons in your stash!
If there is a certain color of button you use most often, why not pick out several oddballs and paint up a batch of buttons? Then you will have them ready to go when you need them!
Thanks so much for dropping by today.
Since this is my last post before Halloween, I would like to wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday!
Supplies used: Midnight Black, Papaya Prismatic and Brilliant White cardstock from Discount CardStock.com; Happy Hauntings patterned paper from Graphic45; Wild Plum, Stonewashed, Lettuce and Butterscotch Adirondack Alcohol Inks from Ranger Industries Inc.; Green and Purple Glitz ribbon and Bow-easy from Really Reasonable Ribbon; Amazon, Volare and Purple Passion glitters from Art Glitter; Diamond Glaze from JudiKins; adhesives from 3M and Beacon Adhesives Inc.