Thursday, March 15

Clear Button Tutorial

As promised....

The Clear Button Tricks and Tutorial

As I said the other day with my Squares page of Max, I learned some cool new tricks using Clear Buttons while I was in a blizzard in Michigan a couple weeks ago and this is some of the coolness I learned.

Faux Etched Glass Technique


  • Clear Buttons
  • Sanding Block (not pictured)
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Versamark
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Tweezers
1. Sand the Clear Button. Be sure to sand in one direction. You can see what a difference sanding alone makes to the button.2. Rub sanded button with embossing buddy.
3. Ink Stamp with Versamark and lay face up. Place sanded side down onto the stamp and press til you see the image.
4. Using your handy tweezers, dip your inked button into the embossing powder.
5. Using those tweezers, heat the embossing powder.
6. Voila!
You can also use colored embossing powder for a different look. On my Max page, I used white embossing powder. Here it is in Gold.
Here is my finished card using my button
Here is a close up look at that button.
The dark colors really make the etched glass look show up well and I love how it adds the perfect touch to this super simple card.
I love the Stampin' Up! Clear Buttons because they are so thick and there is really no fear of melting them before the embossing is complete.
Thanks again to the two talented ladies that demonstrated this cool technique that made me use my buttons.

All Supplies Used on the Card are Stampin' Up!: Stamps (Paisley Background, Sincere Salutations, Looks like Spring), Cardstock (Cranberry, Close to Cocoa, Marigold, Cool Carribean, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip), Ink (Versamark, Chocolate Chip), Accessories (Clear Button, Twine, Square Punch, Stipple Brush)


Jo said...

OMG how COOL is THAT. Looks like clear buttons are going on my next order! Like the new photos on your blog too!

Jo said...

OK, so maybe the photos aren't that new, lol. I don't think that I have actually seen them on the blog, though I have seen them in the album. How long can I use pregnancy brain as an excuse?????

Crafty Connie said...

I LOVE this technique!!
I cannot wait to try this!
Thanks for the tutorial and great picture directions.

Love the simple card that just highlights the button.

Way Cool!

Greta Adams said...

that is cool as hell...i can't wait to try it

elizabeth said...

girl you are awesome!!!!

Erika Martin - Stampin' Mama said...

I remember seeing this at Regionals but couldn't remember the process....thanks so much for sharing and refreshing my memory! :)

Joan said...

Super cool technique. Thanks for sharing.

blah said...

Wow, wow, wow, wow!!!!! I love my clear buttons and definitely have to try this!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

What a great tutorial. Surprisingly (kidding) I already HAVE some of those clear buttons. Gotta try that! Thanks for the inspiration.

Melissa K. said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! I'll give it a shot on my clear buttons at home.