Saturday, January 2, 2010

Designer Button Tutorial

This is a step by step photo tutorial of how to make a DSP Button.  This is not an original idea from me, but I haven't been able to find a tutorial like this so I thought I'd do one!

If you'd like to download a pdf copy of this tutorial, click HERE.

Designer Button Tutorial

You’ll need:
· Designer Series Paper - DSP (I’ve used Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper “Parisian Breeze”)
· Your desired punch (I’ve used the Stampin’ Up! 1/2” Circle Punch)
· Anywhere Glue Stick
· Paper Piercing Tool
· Sanding block
· Crystal Effects

Step One
Punch four* circles from a sheet of DSP and glue together in a stack.  Alternatively, punch one circle of DSP and 3-4 of coordinating cardstock and glue with the DSP circle on the top.
* If your DSP/cardstock is thin, you will need to use more circles.

Step Two
Using your paper piercing tool and a button as a guide (optional), pierce 2 or more holes through your stack of DSP circles.  Make sure you have a suitable surface underneath so you don’t damage your working surface.

Step Three
Using the sanding block (or an emery board), lightly sand the edges of your DSP circle stack. This is to help the stack of circles to look more like a solid unit. Your choice of DSP and cardstock will affect the final look of your button. 

The DSP I’ve used for this tutorial has a white core, so the joins between each layer are more obvious. You could use a marker to ink the outside edge if this was a problem.

Step Four
Apply Crystal Effects to the top of your button, being careful to not fill the pierced holes. It’s also a good idea to apply a small amount of Crystal Effects to the edges of the button to help bind it all together. Do this as a separate step.

Step Five
Your button is now complete and ready to be used!

Make sure the Crystal Effects has dried completely before using your button to avoid putting fingerprints on it!

Finished Examples

I hope you've enjoyed my tutorial!



  1. Super job with this tutorial. I will be giving it a go and referring people back to here! Great pics with step by step instructions. Well done. Have you seen the latest Impression's Magazine? YOUR buttons ROCK!!

  2. Love it! Super sweet and easy too (thanks to your tutorial). xx

  3. What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing your great idea and tutorial.

  4. Hi Danielle!

    I've just stumbled upon your blog and you do BEAUTIFUL WORK!! I absolutely love this DSP button idea - thanks for sharing it!


  5. Yes, definitly a great idea and a beaut tutorial Danielle!!! Good job!!! Thanks so much!

  6. Well done Danielle, this is terrific .... I have used this same technique for brads (faux brads), but never thought to use it for buttons too!!!

  7. Hi Danielle, visited your blog via ESAD and have to say it's now going to be a favourite of mine. I love your work! Great tutorial too, will definitely be giving it a go. Thanks for sharing.


  8. Gorgeous tutorial Danielle!! Love it. It's so much more realistic than the ones I've made. I always forget the sanding effect!! Thanks for sharing. Andrea E :)

  9. I second what Bronwyn said- these buttons are gorgeous! You are a natural at making tutorials too :)

  10. Hi Danielle,
    it's funny that this technique already reached *the other side of the world*. The origin is hereöpfe.html
    Jenni showed it on our first European Convention in Bad Homburg.

    Greetings from Germany

  11. This is amazing! I'm so gonna do this at one of my Stamp Clubs!

  12. Have just discovered your blog and luv your ideas - the button idea is wonderful and so practical! Thanks you!

  13. How cool is that?! I just found your blog through Stampin Addicts. Love your site!