Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Making Your Own Buttons With Nesties and Shrinky Dink

The button that is tied with the ribbon was handmade. I love it! I also hope you can see the stamped background on the card. This is one card that I love one detail more than the card.

The idea for this project came from several places. At CHA in the Spellbinder's Booth, there was a pair of earrings made from Shrinky Dink. I thought, cool, I never would have thought of that. Then I was at Michael's and found some gorgeous buttons from Making Memories. As I pondered their purchase, I thought, wait, they are in the Labels One shape, I could make my own! Being thrilled with the results (because that doesn't happen often) I wanted to share with you how to make your own buttons.

I used a package of bright white Shrinky Dinks. Using the 2nd label down, I cut out two pieces. (just in case) It cut easily with my Cuttlebug. I started with a larger size, not knowing how small it would shrink down. (To make the actual button on the card, I used the 4th die down.)

Shrinky Dink recommends Staz On. I used Jet Black. The stamp I used is from a gorgeous set from Wordsworth. Keep in mind, the ink will stain your stamp, but not ruin it. Let it dry before you place it in the oven, this happens quickly. I also had to push the stamp down a little more than I expected, but the ink coverage was much better.

Shrinky Dink recommends placing your item on a piece of paper bag, image or colored-side up.
The piece baked at 325 degrees for about 3 minutes.
(I did try to heat it with my heat gun. It did not work, the piece was too large and I could not uncurl the ball it turned in to.)

The piece will curl. If it freaks you out, or if it isn't flattening out, just grab a butter knife and push the curled edges down a bit, while it is still in the oven. Let it continue to bake until you see it stop moving-it will look "finished."

Here is what the piece looked like from the oven. I would suggest that you put the piece image-side down and flatten it, while it is hot, with a hot pad or spatula.

To create the button holes, I punched the piece with my CropODile. It punched without much effort. LOVE that tool!

This is a look at the completed button. LOVE the results. That stamp set is also my new favorite, hang on for lots of cards! :)

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Supplies:
Stamps-Clearly Wordsworth (Paisley's Collection)
Cardstock-Papertrey Ink (True Black, Stamper's Select White)
Ribbon-May Arts
Embossing Powder-Stampendous (Clear Detail)
Tools-Shrinky Dink, Nestabilities Label One, CropODile

49 comments:

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

This is beyond words! How outstandingly brilliant! I love love love the look you got. Shrinky-Dink never looked so high class! Hope it's ok if I link you up on my Cuttlebug list? Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration! :O)

Amy said...

your creativity is too much girl! You amaze me! Love your shrinky dink idea, but if you can believe it, I have NEVER used shrinky dink in my whole life, not even as a young girl (apparently I was deprived). I think I'd be too scared to try it now. But your step by step inspired me to maybe try it! Thanks for the great tutorial.

Hugs!

DeeDee said...

Kim, that is so COOL! WOW, now you can match any button with whatever you are creating!!! I love your card BTW...its GORGEOUS!!! HUGS!!

Tracey said...

First of all, your card is gorgeous!!! Love the colour scheme!!

Second, these shrinky dink buttons are too fabulous!! Thanks so much for sharing! I can't wait to try it myself!!

Lissaloo said...

Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing it, I need to find me some of that shrinky stuff :)

Julie Masse said...

So cool!! Great image for a beautiful button! :)

Michelle (Lady2cu) said...

Well how awesome is THAT!!!!!! I never thought about making my own buttons. Super cute, and I LOVE it done with that stamp set!

Kristy said...

I love your button! I think I may have to go heat up the oven and get out the Shrinky Dinks. They've become such a staple for crafters!

Melissa Bickford said...

Love, Love, Love this, Kim!! Absolutely brilliant!!

cindy b said...

Oh my gosh! What a GREAT idea! I just found your site and I am so excited to check it daily for new ideas! Thanks!!!

Deanna said...

Stunning card and great tutorial! Awesome!

Sharon Caudle said...

Oh how awesome is this!!!!! WOW! Thanks for this Kim! This is soooo cool!!! I'm off to go shopping for shrinky dinks!

kellymb said...

What a great idea! I need to get some Shrinky Dink!

Knitty said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing how you did that.

clouds shadler said...

OMG, I'd never seen that before, thanx for the cool trick/idea! Your creativity is endless! This is so awesome!

TFS
Clouds :o)

Lana said...

Thanks so much for the great idea kim. I have had shrink plastic for ages in my stash and never used it but I will definitely give the buttons a try.
Beautiful card as usual
Hugs
Lana x

Niki Estes said...

Oh, I love that button, Kim! I've made a few things with the clear shrink plastic, but I'm going to have to use the white next time. I love the custom button!

Carol A. said...

I have never tried Shrinky Dinks, well not since my kids were little and we did Scooby Do ones....LOL! Definately going to have to get some of these and give it a try. Beautiful button and card Kim!

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

Fabulous idea Kim!! Love your button on this gorgeous card!!

Mary K said...

Thank you so much for sharing this Kim. I've had some shrink plastic for quite a while, but haven't had the nerve to try it yet. This will be the perfect project to get started.

Beth M said...

Beautiful card! Love the custom buttom idea!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Cool idea, my friend! I may go home tonight and fire up that toaster oven I just HAD to have for shrink plastic, and then SU! discontinued it!

Silke said...

OMG - Kim this is sooo awesome!!! Thanks for the tutorial - I love this idea!!!

Gina said...

Kim, Gorgeous Card as ALWAYS . . . I just recently played around with shrinky dinks and mine certainly didn't turn out as beautiful as yours! LOL :D

One Creative Life said...

Cute card Kim! You can also shrink the plastic with a heat tool too. TFS-Erica

Rox-Ann said...

Wow awesome love the card and the buttons are darling!

LeAnne said...

Awesome, Kim!

Alicia said...

Great job...this is so clever. I haven't used Shrinky dink in years. Love your work. Your creativity just amazes me!

Jane Wetzel said...

totally cool!!! thanks so much for this tut. cant wait to do it!!! :)

Suzanne J Dean said...

Oooooh, fabby! Great idea--gonna have to try this soon & that stamp is gorgeous!

hugz,
Suzanne

Anonymous said...

what a beautiful idea; Love this one; But unfortunately impossible to find this product here in Mauritius.

love
nathalie (alalila)

Kimmy P said...

That's just ONE more reason to love Nestabilities! Love your work!

Latisha said...

Those are so cool Kimberly!
I know exactly which buttons you are talking about...the MM ones lol...I bought them. I wish I would have seen this sooner.
These are just fantastic and the card is gorgeous!

Charlene Austin said...

Awwwww......I love it so much!! That rocks!! Now I need to go and buy white shrinky dinks (it just seems so wrong to say those words....LOL!!) but I have never had luck with my clear, prolly cause it's a no name brand. Love it my dear and GREAT tut!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

That is so cool! Love your card with the bright pop of pink and the button is awesome!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Wow, this is gorgeous, Kimberly!

Jenn said...

that turned out sooo cute!!! I've done a similar thing before, but they weren't so cute...I'll have to pull out my shrinky dink and try again!! thanks for sharing!!

Norine said...

what a great tip I love using Sd and make my own charms but never thought of buttons very cool
Hugs
Norine

Norine said...

cant seem to comment let's try again
love this idea I use the SD for making charms but never thought about buttons love it
Hugs
Norine

Amber said...

Great idea, thanks for the tips!

Julie said...

OOOH, Kim!!! What a perfect idea! Love the card, seriously this is one of my top five faves of yours ever! :)

Fiona Whitehead said...

This is brilliant - can I feature you on the Inspirational Tips and Techniques blog? You'll find it here http://inspirationaltechniquesandtutorials.blogspot.com/ - just email me and let me know if you don't mind being featured. Thanks, Fiona

Kim Dellow said...

Absolutely beautiful and such a wondeful Idea, thank you for sharing. Kim

Allison said...

Very cool...TFS the tutorial!

Andrea said...

Wow - that?s a great idea!
Many greetings
Andrea
www.andreadanz.spaces.live.com

Carolyn King said...

you rock girl---fantastic!!!!!!!!!

Lynne said...

What a great idea! I will defiantly be trying this one out later. Thank you for sharing it.

Debbie ♥ ♥ ♥ said...

Fantastic!!

MrsETaylor said...

Thank you so much for the great idea. I've used shrink plastic before, with the pendant dies, but never thought to make buttons. BRILLIANT!!!