This weeks challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show is to use buttons in some way in our creation. That gave me the perfect excuse to try something that I’ve had on my crafty bucket list for a while – to make my own mini buttons with shrink plastic.
Since I was using buttons I went with a dressmakers theme for my tag. I diecut a dressform from the Sewing Room Sizzix die and ‘dressed’ it with patterned paper. The skirt was cut freehand and scored to create pleats. The ‘lace’ trims where trimmed away from a diecut doiley by Cheery Lynn, and the left over pieces were used to decorate the tag. I added some stamped elements as embellishments and background collage stamping. Stamps are by Tim Holtz and Inspired By Stamping.
But this post is all about the buttons, right? On the Sewing Room die with the dressform is also a button shape, which I cut out of my shrink plastic film. I used the heat gun to shrink it down and it was fun to see it shrivel and curl before it regained its flattened state. These were so easy to do! I coloured them with a quick dab of alcohol ink before gluing them onto my paper dress. As an afterthought I smeared on some Distress Stickles in Rock Candy, and then liberally sprinkled some more clear glitter over the top.
Haven’t we all wished for a pretty sparkly dress!