25 January, 2010

A Quick Little Tutorial

Last week I showed this card during the New release Tuesday for Bugaboo Stamps. Tomorrow is another new Release so don't forget to check it out over at Bugaboo and come back here for another tutorial as well. I had several requests for a tutorial on how I made the buttons that I used on the card, so here goes.
You will need an applicator and some Alcohol inks. I use Adirondack. You can buy the applicator that Adirondack makes but I used an old wood stamp, applied a piece of hook side of velcro to the back of the block and cut pieces of felt to fit the top. I bought these buttons at Wall Mart in the craft section. You could also use light colored buttons. Start by dropping some of the ink on one corner of the felt. You want to saturate the corner. Then just using the corner daub ink on button. You want to work in layers.

Layer one. It only takes a few minutes for the ink to dry. Add a few more daubs and watch what happens when you touch previous inked area. It is magic. Have fun and play with this.



You have to be fussy when applying the ink. You can't just press the inked section of the felt flat on the button and be done. You need to work in layers. If you don't like the way something looks you can use the Ranger Blending solution and remove the ink/ Sometimes just daubing the blending solution on will move the ink around and create some interesting effects. The possibilities are endless. You can add another color to the other corner if you like. Waste not, want not. I haven't thought of that saying in a long time.


I colored these clear dots that I picked up in the flower section at Michaels.




I used glossy card stock here and the alcohol inks. You have to be careful. You might just start inking everything in site. Acrylic works really well. Metal washers, nuts and bolts, staples and mirrors, even photos.



Check back tomorrow and I will show you how I did the background on this image.




Have a great day you guys and I hope you all let me know how you like this tutorial and if you make some buttons be sure to share your creations.

11 comments:

Anita said...

Wow! Great tutorial!

Tammy Miller said...

Melissa, that is great thanks for sharing!

Rae Anne said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial - I need to put a link to it on my blog! The cards you made with your hand-dyed embellishments are GORGEOUS!!!

Tink said...

FABULOUS!! You did a GREAT job!!

Michele L. said...

Melissa,
that is so awesome. i love it.

Scrappy said...

Great Tut! I LOVE Alcohol Ink! :)

Cathy at Paper Garden Projects said...

I love your button tutorial - they look so cool

sgc said...

Love this tutorial!!!!! Sorry I did not get to see it sooner, because of my travels. I certainly will be trying this. The cards you did with the dyed buttons are gorgeous!

Deirdre said...

Great tutorial, thanks for sharing.

Hippieaud (aka Audrey) said...

Another fabulous tutorial1 Now I *have* to go buy a bunch of white buttons!!

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

OH WOW...this is great....Tammy sent me this link....can't wait to try...I only have one alchol ink, but I DO have a 50% off coupon...yippee! can't wait to try...having problem finding buttons here...go figure...haha