Friday, February 18, 2011

Counterfeit Buttons

That same release I mentioned here had me tempted with one more thing...a button die!  Oh goodness...I can make buttons from chipboard...felt....basically anything.  Yes, you can make buttons with DSP, cardstock and punches.  I haven't been brave enough to try to punch a piece of chipboard.  ;-) 

I got to thinking....hmmmm...I have that circle has four sizes of circles....

'The details at this 4 x 4 chipboard square covered all four circles on my die.  After die cutting, I ran one through my Xryon and made a sandwich.  After I had doubled the thickness of the cut out, I used my sanding block to "blend" the edges, round the edges and distress the flat surfaces. 

Using Tangerine Tango and the medallion from SU! Charming, I stamped the circles that were slightly smaller than the stamp.  Then...

Center a hole from the mat stack over the center of the button and make a dot in the middle of each of the two adjoining holes. 

Now the fun part...crop a dile time!  Remember to keep the fingers out of the way.  I noticed yesterday, I WAS keeping my fingers out of the way.  A pinch from the crop a dile is quite painful. 

The finished product!  Now, I really don't need a button die! 

Over the last two posts, I have shown how I talked myself out of a $54 plus shipping new release order.  I already had the stuff...and it really didn't take longer to D.I.Y. as it would to use the ready made products.  Plus, some of these steps...are fun....for me at least. 

Have a moo-valous day!

Stamps - SU! Charming
Ink - SU! Tangerine Tango
Accessories / Tools:  SU! Big Shot, Chipboard, Sizzix Circle Die, SU! Crop A Dile, SU! Mat Stack, SU! Sanding Block


  1. Great job on the buttons! They are gorgeous!!!

  2. Oh, those buttons are beautiful! What a great idea!

  3. Hi Melissa!! Remember me from 52 Sketches?? I just found you on the Counterfeit site! So happy to see you again! Loving this tutorial. I just spent about $5 on JB buttons that look so similar. I'm off to check out more of your blog! :)

  4. Hi Melissa, came here via your post at SCS. LOVE this idea - it's fabulous - and WAY cheaper than buying more and more buttons! TFS!

  5. You are so creative! I'm going to have to give this a try! It will keep my pocketbook happier! LOL! :)