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Default TLC239 5-Layer Buttons {9/21/09}

Have you ever worked on a card and wished that you had the perfect color of button to embellish your creation? Today I'm going to share with you a technique that will leave you with the tools you need to ALWAYS have the perfect button, whether it be round, square, diamond or can have the buttons you want in the shape you want and the color your needs.

I saw THIS POST and just loved the idea. Jennifer of Paulinespapier blog posted her process in German. I did the Google translator thing and I've looked at her pictures and hopefully will explain her technique to her, and your, satisfaction. The items you will need for this technique are:

* Punch (in the shape and size that you want your button(s) I used a 1/2" circle punch for my project.
* Inexpensive cardstock (for the layers) From Jennifer's pictures, it looked like she used SU! cardstock for a solid color button. For my project I used cheap stuff for my layers and added patterned paper to the top.
* Patterned paper or stamp your own (for the top layer of your button)
* Piercing tool or better yet a Crop-A-Dile. The Crop-A-Dile works great for larger sized buttons, but for smaller buttons, you may want to make your own with a piercing tool.
* Glossy Accents, Crystal Effects, Crystal Lacquer or other glossy coating
* Liquid Glue (PVA, or other glue used for bookbinding - you want something that won't wrinkle the paper as it drys)
*Emery board, sandpaper, or you can use the edge of your scissors, as Jennifer did.

1) Using your inexpensive cardstock, punch 5 shapes for your buttons. Because these layers will not be seen, but only add thickness for your button, there is no need to use the "good stuff" Unless you are making buttons like those shown on Jennifer's blog.

2) Punch one of your shapes from your patterned paper (or cardstock you have stamped with a design)

3) Take one of the layers and pierce your button holes with your paper piercer. (NOTE: If you are using a Crop-A-Dile, you can do this step after all of your layers are glued together) Use this as your guide to pierce holes in each layer of cardstock making sure they all line up. If you intend to run floss or thread through these openings, be sure to make them big enough at this point. I actually first used a piercing tool, then made my openings a little bigger with an awl.

4) Using your liquid glue, adhere each layer to one another, keeping them all even and aligned to look like one thick button.

5) Glue your patterned paper punch on the very top and allow all layers time to dry, which shouldn't take but just a few minutes. At this point, use your piercer again to run through all layers just to make sure that you keep the holes open, and not sealed with glue.

6) Once dry, use your emery board or sandpaper and sand around the edges of your button. This will be a little easier on a round or square button than on one in the shape of a star, for example. The sanding is the key to giving your layers the appearance of being one thick button, rather than just layers of cardstock.

7) Next, apply a layer of Crystal Lacquer (or your favorite brand) to the button top and try to stay away from getting it into the openings (if any). Remember that the thicker the coat, the more it will look like a real button, but realizing that it will take longer to dry.

8 ) Thread, if desired, and attach to your project using either glue or glue dots.

You'll never feel the need to run out and buy an entire pack of buttons just to get two or three matching embellishments again.

If you would like to see my sample, CLICK HERE.

To see the gallery of beautiful button projects, CLICK HERE.

And, as always, please remember to include the keyword TLC239 (no spaces)

HINT FOR NEXT WEEK: You will need aluminium foil, cardstock and embossing folders or plates.
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