Pearlized Button

by Joanne Allison

Emboss and paint a chipboard button to create a gorgeous embellishment.


  • Chipboard button

  • Embossing folder, Spellbinder M-Bossabilities So Trendy used here

  • Black alcohol marker or acrylic paint

  • Embossing ink, Versamark used here

  • Perfect Pearls ,Copper, Bronze and Gold used here

  • Brushes

  • Water Spritzer

  • Bamboo skewer

  • Black alcohol based marker
  • Scissors


  1. Step 1

    Color a chipboard button black with something permanent (eg Copic marker or acrylic paint) so the color won’t rub off onto your skin.) Color the edges as well as both sides and allow to dry thoroughly.

  2. Step 2

    Line up the button against the desired part of the embossing folder and run through your die cutting machine with the appropriate sandwich.

    Folders with small patterns work best on pieces of this size.

  3. Step 3

    Dab the embossed piece lightly with Versamark ink.

  4. Step 4

    Brush on two or three Perfect Pearls colors.

    Add another layer of Versamark and Perfect Pearls if you want to intensify color in any areas.

  5. Step 5

    Spritz with water to fix the Perfect Pearls. Allow to dry.

  6. Step 6

    Cut a length of bamboo skewer that is slightly longer than the two holes in the button.

  7. Step 7

    Color the skewer with a Copic marker. The ink will stay slightly tacky for long enough that you can add some Perfect Pearls if desired (spritz with water to fix the Pearls if you add them).

  8. Step 8

    Attach a chain by threading from the back of the button up through the first hole, wrap round the skewer and back down through the hole. Come up through the second hole, wrap round the skewer and go back down through the hole. Juggle the two ends as necessary by easing through the holes and round the skewer so you get even lengths of chain each side.

  9. Step 9

    Your button is finished.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Pearlized Button. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I am so thrilled to see that you can use the embossing folders, etc on the chip board pieces because I have some shapes I bought at Michaels which are lighter weight than the chipboard, probably more like some sort of pressed paper or something, anyway, point being is now I am aware that I can jazz those shapes up with different embossed patterns and then my fav medium is the pearls. I love those!!! Thanks so much for this great Tut and giving me even more ideas.
Lori McGarrity  |  Wed May 15, 2013 at 4:22 AM
This is great idea, and with such fun medias...thanks for the fabulous inspiration!
Lynn Mercurio  |  Wed May 15, 2013 at 6:46 AM
This is awesome. I never thought to use an embossing folder on my chipboard pieces!
leslie  |  Wed May 15, 2013 at 7:13 AM
As a side remark, I have used very thin plywood my husband has in his workshop. It is the thickness of chip board and works well with an embossing folder and the shape can be cut with scissors. Fun look! Great tutorial!
Myra  |  Wed May 15, 2013 at 8:16 AM
Lovely! Can't wait to try this. Thank you.
Emilyn Wright  |  Wed May 15, 2013 at 8:19 AM
Pretty wonderful. You make appear to be so easy. Thank you.
Lorie  |  Wed May 15, 2013 at 8:56 AM
Wow, what a great tutorial/idea. I like several others have some chip board laying around, hmmm! I am thinking a little bit bigger, painted pink, embossed, an awareness ribbon instead of the skewer, and ribbon in place of chain. And a pin back and you have a fundraiser for breast cancer! Awesome! Thank you!!!!!
Deebi27  |  Wed May 15, 2013 at 10:49 AM
Love it Allison. It's beautiful! I've done similar by upcycling cardboard, stamping, perfect pearls and then several coats of UTEE. I have not tried the embossed idea and it's great! Thank you for sharing with us!
Rosy Newlun  |  Wed May 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM
So sorry -- I mean Joanne!! Just finished texting a friend named Allison :/
Rosy Newlun  |  Wed May 15, 2013 at 5:31 PM
AmpleStamper  |  Wed Jun 5, 2013 at 11:58 PM
OH they are so pretty!
kab  |  Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 7:36 AM

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