Friday, April 20, 2012

How-to: Create an Antique Finish on Buttons


You typically see embossing in card making and scrapbooking, but we are going to show how you can give buttons an antique finish using embossing powder.

What is embossing powder?

Embossing powder, when melted, becomes a raised surface which creates dimension on a surface. As you will learn with this project, embossing can be fun and is easy to use!


Supplies

  • Buttons
  • Embossing Powder
  • Embossing Ink
  • Heat Gun
  • Tweezers

All supplies for this project can be found at our Bonney Lake store.

1.  Select a button you want to antique and press the top of the button onto the ink pad.

You can use any embossing or pigment ink, but for this project, Joy used the VersaMark Ink Pad.
2.  Pour a layer of embossing powder onto the button.


3.  Carefully grasp the button with the tweezers to secure it.

 
 Do not use your fingers to hold the button when using the heat gun.

4.  Use the heat gun and watch the embossing powder melt.


Do not hold the heat gun close to the button.

5.  Turn off the heat gun after achieving the desired look.
6.  Set it aside and let it cool.
7.  To antique the edge of the button, tape the button (from the bottom) on one end of a strip of paper.
8.  Roll the button on its side onto the ink pad.
9.  Lay embossing powder onto a surface and roll the button in the powder to cover the edge.
10.  Use the heat gun and watch the embossing powder melt.
11.  Turn off the heat gun after achieving the desired look.
12.  Set aside and let it cool.


Watch Joy demonstrate how to create the antique finish here.


For more projects, visit our Project Gallery on our website here.

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