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Monday, August 22, 2011

Clip art shrink buttons


I saw a cute little tutorial posted on Scissors.Paper.Wok on how to make buttons out of shrink plastic.  Now the first thing I want you to know is that Kimanh's buttons turned out waaaay cuter than mine did, but I'm happy all the same.  I love how the plastic looks almost like glass if you draw on the rough side and keep it on the bottom.  That means that you've got to reverse your writing if you want text, but that's not too tough.


Kimanh punches out lots of buttons first and then sets about decorating them.  I did it in reverse since I only wanted to make a few for starters: I traced some Dover clip art designs on the shrink plastic and then used a large circular punch to cut them out.  That meant that the design didn't always fit the button perfectly, but that was ok for this trial.  If I make more, I think I'll do it her way and try some more freehand decorations!



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5 comments:

greeting cards said...

Wow. Those buttons are fabulous! Well, I think putting those well detailed designs on the buttons needs a lot of patience and concentration. Well, it's a good design.

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Love those buttons, Cyndi! I think you're wrong - they're waaayyyy cute! Thanks for sharing!

Eileen Bergen said...

Any tips for punching the button holes, Cyndi?

These are great and I love your drawings.

Cyndi L said...

Awww, thanks Cindy! Eileen, I used a 1/8 inch hole punch. I can't take credit for the drawings though...they are Dover clip art that I just traced.

Amanda Guest (Dover Publications) said...

We pinned you! ;)

http://pinterest.com/doverpublishing/

It's always so great to see the creative ways people use our images. Happy creating!

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