Make Your Own Chipboard Buttons

 I noticed a bit of a trend lately, and one that's been a bit hard on my wallet - chipboard buttons. They are the cutest things, and I have seen them put out by Love Elsie, Chatterbox, Making Memories, among others. They didn't look too hard to make, so I decided to see if I could make my own. I was prett pleased with the results, and they're really easy. I decided to go with making shiny buttons, like the ones by Making Memories, so that's what I'm going to show you how to do today.

Here's what you need:

1. Ultra thick embossing powder (UTEE), o glassy glaze enamel by Stampin' Up!
2. QuicKutz cookie cutter cutter dies (or just scissors if you don't own any)
3. 1/8" hole punch
4. Coaster weight white chipboard (the thin stuff)
5. Versamark pad
6. chalks, copic markers, stamps etc.

Here's what you need to do:

1. Lay your dies out on your revolution machine, and place chipboard overtop. If you have a similar machine, try with that, but I recommend the Revolution.


2. Punch your die cut shapes out, and colour with markers if desired.


3. Stamp your image, and add more colour. Alternately, you could colour with chalks, inks, or whatever you have. To apply chalk, first shmoosh your cutout in versamark, than apply your chalk.


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4. Shmoosh you coloured piece in your versamark pad. If your piece is really small, add the holes now before embossing, using the 1/8" hole punch.


5. Dip shape in UTEE, and melt with a heatgun. Let cool, then repeat the shmooshing/UTEE/heating again.


6. PUnch your holes if you haven't done so yet, and re-heat your piece, to smooth out holes, and to fix any cracks made when punching.


7. Let cool, thread with ribbons, threads etc and add to your project!

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