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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May SUSIE-Q Fun Tip--Heat Embossing on Buttons

Well, it's me Susan (susiestampalot)!  Welcome to the May installment of my YNS SUSIE-Q Fun Tip!  Most of ya'll know that I'm not usually a very "technique-y" stamper.  I like to stamp something, maybe color it, add some papers and embellishments and go from there.  However, I still get caught up in the MAGIC of heat embossing and using embossing powders.  (Have ya'll seen the new NEON ones lately?  I want, but where would I put them?)  Seeing the powder change to a shiny texture when the heat gets to it just makes me happy!

So, for today's tutorial, I'm going to show ya'll how  
I used stamps and a few other supplies 
 to heat emboss onto a button.

Let's turn up the heat and get started...

First, joining us today is one of the newest stamp sets from Your Next Stamp, Fun With Borders.  You'll see how I used it in just a minute.  First, gather your supplies.  The buttons can be any kind, as long as they have a flat side to them to stamp on.  A border or background stamp works best.

First, it's very important to use an embossing buddy on your button, just as you would a cardstock surface before applying embossing ink to it.  It takes the static away and keeps stray embossing powder from being where you don't want it.  If you don't have one, cornstarch inside a thin baby sock works fairly well from what I understand.  Just rub the embossing buddy all over the button, including the sides.

Next, ink up your stamp with embossing ink.  Versamark works well as long as the inkpad is nice and juicy, but I LOVE my dauber style ink from Stampendous.

Next comes the tricky part.  Leaving the inked stamp right side up on your desk, gently press the button onto it where you want the embossing to be.  (Yes, I see my typo...grrr.)

Pour/douse/smother the button with the embossing powder and tap off the excess.  Don't dip it in the powder.  Be sure and have a scrap piece of copy paper on your work surface to catch the excess.  (Rub the embossing buddy on it, too, and it will slide perfectly back into the powder's container.)

Ok, now it's time for you to turn on your Disco Inferno song by The Trammps and use your heat tool to melt the embossing powder onto the button.  Let it melt completely, but be careful not to melt the button itself.  Burn, baby burn!  (don't blame me if that song is stuck in your head all day now...welcome to my world.)

Here's a couple of other buttons I did with some transparent glitter embossing powder (often referred to as EP) and other YNS border stamps from that same set.

Here's a closer look at my buttons in action!

Ok, so I guess ya'll noticed some YNS stuff you've never seen before, eh?   
Stay tuned this Friday, May 3rd for an exciting NEW RELEASE that bears watching for...something Your Next Stamp has never carried before!  Any guesses as to what it is?

I hope ya'll liked my Hot as a Button embossing tutorial!  It's fun and EASY!  I love reading your comments, so feel free to give me a shout out.  I'm dying to do something with glitter...what do ya'll want to see?

DONT' FORGET to leave me a comment--- 

  There's going to be a random drawing on MAY 5th from all the comments to win some YNS goodies!    

Ready, set, GO!!!!!


  1. Oh such lovely prints on the buttons....I have never ever seen such buttons before...thanks a million for sharing this awesome technique . Wishing you a beautiful day creating more lovely beauties...


  2. What a fabulous idea Susan, a great way to have some matching buttons..Thanks for the reminder about using the embossing buddy...

  3. Awesome Susan! Love this fun technique and can't wait to give it a try!!! xx

  4. Wow what a great technique! I honestly never would have thought of embossing buttons, but it looks terrific!

  5. Wow... i love the way you have changed a simple looking button into something amazin. Thanks for sharing. Great idea for revamping buttons and I love the card... *hugs*

  6. What a great technique. Definitely need to try this one. Thanks so much.

  7. Never thought about embossing buttons! Great idea! Thanks!

  8. I have embossed on glass but never a button. Cool idea.

  9. Wow... This is a really neat idea. I love it... I am going to use this one for sure. Thanks

  10. You can really get interesting looks on your buttons with this technique--thanks for sharing and for the sneak peek.

  11. Susie, what an adorable idea!! You are so clever, love this! Thanks so much for the nice tutorial.

  12. I've never thought to emboss a button before. Thanks for the tip Susan. Of course, you would have to get that song stuck in my head now. LOL

  13. Such a cool idea. Got to give this a try.

  14. How cool. I never thought to emboss buttons before. Will have to give it a try.

  15. What a great way to alter your buttons! I am going to have to try this!

  16. This is a great idea. I must give this a try. TFS

  17. Suzie, what a great idea! Lov ethe look of the embossing on the buttons! I think I am gonna have to try that - even if I just emboss the whole button to match my colours and use up some of those button colours you have but never liked and I could TOTALLy just change them to suit me! Thanks!

    Looking forward to what you are going to do with glitter! I like to use the beautiful YNS Dies and cut out double sided paper and use the Glitter Ritz on them to make them all pretty =)

    Shari Green

  18. A great tutorial. It's really fun to learn something new when you've been at this craft a long time.

  19. wow so gotta try this! never thought to use embossing on buttons great idea.

  20. What a great tip. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

  21. Wonderful tip and I will for sure try this. Embossing buttons is a wonderful idea. I love your ideas and tutorials. Thanks.. Hugs

  22. wow this is awesome! i don't think i've ever embossed a button before- way cool & i can't wait to try now! thanks for the fab tutorial & sneaks & chance to win!!

  23. Such a cute card great tip!

  24. Such a cute card great tip!

  25. Wow Susie this is an awesome tip! I never would have imagined or thought to emboss on a button! I am definitely going to give this a try! Thanks again!


  26. LUV your embossed bUttONs! wonderful border stamps...Hmmm...may have to HAVE! ~Terry Y.


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Karen Dedman <br>Designer & YNS Owner
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My name is Angel and I’ve been stamping for over 8 years! I also scrapbook from time to time, but prefer making cards or other little projects. I try to escape to my craft room as often as my 3 boys (ages 16, 12 and 10) and all of their extra activities allow! My husband of 19 years, Derek, is supportive of my crafty time because he knows it makes me happy. I also work full time with a wealth management company and am a licensed life and health insurance agent. I’m so excited to be working with Karen and ALL of the YNS crew!

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I am a second generation SAHM, which i call SAHGM. ("G" for grandma). I have been watching my grandkids for 7 yrs. I am also going through a second generation of crafting, i have a scrapbook that is almost 60yrs old filled with all of my favorite memories. I've been featured in Stamper's Sampler..more of an artsy card magazine...but my style tends to be "cute". Card crafting isn't the only thing i like to do, if i am not working on cards, you'd see me working at my sewing machine, crocheting or trying any new craft technique out there.. i love a challenge..which brings me to say..i can't wait to see what you all create for the YNS challenges!

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Brianna Loeffelbein <br>Designer
Hello my name is Brianna also know as Happy Scrapper in the crafting world. I am 26 years old, I am married to a wonderful supportive husband of four years and we have an amazing two year old son Jayden. We live in a small northen town called Brainerd which is located in the state of Minnesota. For the past 7 years, I have been working for our Local UPS Store as store manager and I just love it. When I am not working I am spending time with my family and friends and of course crafting! I have been passionate about crafting my entire life. My main love of course, is Paper Crafting, specifically card making. I also like to sew, bead and crochet and teach others how to show thier creative sides. I am so honored and privileged to be joining such and awesome group of ladies here at YNS, I can’t wait to get started and share all my creations with you!!

Deborah Anton

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My name is Deborah Anton and I am a stay at home mom to 11 year old twin boys and a wife of 12 years to a patient, loving, and awesome Army Officer. I am originally from California but currently live in Tennessee. I keep pretty busy just on the home-front with my active boys playing different sports, moving every few years, and volunteering with the Army. But in the little "me" time I do get, I love to do anything crafty and hide in my craft room!! I started out 11 years ago designing and creating jewelry for 2 large retailers, which led me to having my own business; until 8 years ago when I met designer paper and glue. A new love relation began! I am so excited to be part of the YNS team and work alongside so many talented ladies!

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Jen Roach <br>Designer
My name is Jennifer and I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband and 3 year old daughter. I'm a scientist by day and a paper crafter by night ---or really just about any free time I have including my lunch breaks at work!!

I started out in paper crafting back in about 2002 when my Mom and I took a scrapbooking class together. A few years later I decided to give card making a try and it's been my passion ever since. I'm the world's slowest scrapbooker so the instant gratification of card making really won me over. Over the years I have used more and more stamping in my designs and I love learning and trying new techniques and styles.

I would probably define myself as a "scrappy stamper". I *LOVE* patterned paper and most of my cards have lots of it with added layered on embellishments and textures. My cards may not be easy to mail but boy are they pretty!!

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Julie Elak

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Hi, I am Julie Elak, aka "The Last Minute Crafter". My days are kept busy working full time and running after my children. I use almost every free minute to craft, my purse is typically full of copics and a pari of scissors. I began stamping well over 10 years ago, but my love for paper crafting found renewed energy once I discovered the online community in 2009. I started a blog on a whim and am so happy I did. I have made many friendships and found so much support and encouragement on-line.

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I started scrapbooking in 2006 when I was pregnant with my girls, which led me to stamping and cardmaking a few years later. The point of no return was when I purchased my first Copic marker at a local scrapbook expo 2 years ago... now I'm hooked! I LOVE to color, and it's how I unwind at the end of a busy day! My card making style is fairly clean and simple... I like for the images to be the focus of my creations, so I don't do a lot of embellishing. In addition to Copics, I am also completely obsessed with Kraft Cardstock, and polka dots! I am really looking forward to being a part the YNS team!

Nicole Nastali

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Hi! I’m a former kindergarten teacher who is now a stay at home mom to my 2 little girls. My hubby is supportive of all my crafty pursuits and that says a lot about him because I love all kinds of crafts from making headbands, bows, & designing dresses to making party favors and now cards!! I am a newcomer on the stamping scene and have met so many wonderful crafting friends already thanks to the common joy of card making and coloring with Copic markers. I would color all day long if my family would let me…!! Lol! My favorite colors are the blue greens (affectionately called the BG’s) and I try to sneak them into every card I make!! I love to get crafty with my girls (ages 8 & 6) and let them color images right along side me. It’s a fun hobby for us all to share!! A sleepover stamp from YNS was one of my very first stamp purchases & I’ve been in love with Fhiona & friends ever since!! I’m thrilled to be joining the YNS Team with this group of fabulously talented ladies & I can’t wait to share my cards with you!!

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Hey Wendy McGaffey here with a lil about me.....I have been happily married for 27 years... I have 3 grown children and 3 furbabies and I love crafting...☺...I usually have several projects on the go from crocheting a stuffed teddy bear to sewing a memory quilt, but honestly I have to say that paper crafting and making cards is number one on my list...I started out scrapbooking but fell in LOVE with stamps and then became slightly addicted to coloring with Copics .....I am having a ton of fun on the YNS team and absolutely love creating with their products.
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