Free Online Button Designer is now Accepting Donations September 29 2017
With over 20,000 unique accounts, Online Button Designer is not only some of the greatest button designing software out there, but is also completely free to use!
As more and more people enjoy Online Button Designer, we are continuously running out of server space. Currently, Online Button Designer is in such high demand that the only way to ensure that the software continues to run smoothly is by asking for your help.
To make a contribution, click here and select a denomination from the drop down menu.
The art-electronic producer and artist is currently doing shows to promote her new music and we got involved to help her make some unique concert merch.
She designed these beautiful cards with custom 1.25" buttons for a show. We see a lot of custom orders come through our shop, but this one definitely caught our eye.
A double-sided pink card has one of two custom sparkly buttons attached and branded with all Daiza's contact information, including a QR code. We kind of love them!
Holographic Buttons with Custom Printing
The sparkly effect is from printing the artwork on Dura-Lar, a transparent film, and then placing over gold foil. You can read more about this process in this post about making holographic pinback buttons.
Check out Diaza and her music online:
Looking for Unique Custom Options for Selling Buttons at a Show?
If you want to create some unique concert merch for an upcoming show or tour, we are here to help! A button doesn't have to be just a button if you are looking for something extra special for your fans.
You can let us know what you have in mind or you can call us and we can talk you through some of your different options.
If you have a FLEX1000 or FLEX2000 hobby button maker and have lost the instruction manual that was sent with your start-up kit, don't worry! You can now download the instruction manual for each model here.
Keep it paperless and access online whenever you need it or print it out if you'd like a tangible copy. The choice is now yours.
Just a note about any reference to rings. Our newer models don't require the plastic rings so if you see any reference to them, but you never received the rings, don't worry. Your version of the machine does not use plastic rings. Not sure, give us a call and we can help you out.
Even if you don't have one of our all-metal FLEX machines you can take a peek to walk through the steps and see how it works!
And for the visual folks out there, here are the Button Guy videos showing you the FLEX1000 and FLEX2000 button makers in action. See how both hobby pin machines work:
It’s not often that a new pin shape is introduced, but there is a new button kid on the block. Helloooo Custom Rounded Rectangle Buttons!
This button has rounded corners, making it a smoother and sleeker option for name tags, poster art, marketing and campaign buttons.
Many Great Uses for the Rounded Rectangle Button
These are just a few great choices for this new pin shape:
Name Tags - Rounded rectangle buttons make great durable event name tags for workshops, trade shows and conventions. They can double as great event souvenirs.
Marketing Buttons - Available as 1-3/4” x 2-3/4” pinbacks, these buttons are the same size as a business card, which makes this button an obvious choice for marketing your business.
Poster Art Buttons - This new pin shape is a perfect choice for poster art buttons because of their layout and retro design.
Two Sizes Available!
The new rounded rectangle button comes in 1-3/4” x 2-3/4” and 2” x 3” sizes. The smaller size is the same size as a business card. The larger size gives you a bit more room to make your message stand out.
Please contact us to get pricing for the 2" x 3" Rounded Rectangle pins.
A Perfect Choice for Vertical and Horizontal Layouts
The rounded corner buttons are available as vertical or horizontal pins. These layouts may be more suitable for logos and designs that are also have vertical or horizontal designs.
Now you get a rounded corner without having to adapt your design to a circle or oval shape and possibly losing part of your artwork.
But if you are looking for something with a harder edge, be sure to check out all our custom button sizes so you can make the choice that best suits your design!
Forget all the other days on the calendar, because today is the day that matters for Star Wars fans around the world. May 4th has come to be known as May the Fourth Be With You Day, or Star Wars Day.
The Star Wars Underground is a great community where fans all over the world can join one platform and connect with each other. The platform is fan-driven and family-friendly so Star Wars fans of any age can take part!
Custom Buttons For Community Members
We had the chance to work with the rad guys over at to make these super cool and well designed buttons. Pinback custom buttons for community members allow them share that they belong in a special community and to express the voice, message and personality of that membership. We think these buttons do exactly that.
The larger Custom 2" Round Button is a great pin size for extra visibility to showcase The Star Wars Underground logo. The smaller Custom 1-1/4" Round Button is great size for fun designs and messages that members can pin and wear all the time.
Depending on what message or design you want to express, there is a pin size and shape that will perfectly suit the needs of your special community members! We would love to talk through all of those options with you so reach out to us anytime!
Explore more with The Star Wars Underground Online!
May The Fourth Be With You all today!
Making Metallic Silver & Gold Buttons with Dura-Lar April 26 2017
We're really excited about making metallic gold and silver buttons with Dura-Lar!!
Using Dura-Lar Film is the easiest way to make Do-It-Yourself buttons that look lavish and luxurious.
The SILVER & GOLD DURA-LAR used in this video is reversible, with gold on one side and silver on the other. The Metallic Dura-Lar Foil is 2mm thick, comes in standard 8.5 x 11" sheets, and has an EXTREMELY reflective mirror-like finish. Doesn't that sound awesome for a button??!
**When making Dura-Lar Buttons, it is the Glossy or Matte Dura-Lar that goes through the printer, and NOT the metallic Dura-Lar! The metallic Dura-Lar foil goes behind the transparent Dura-Lar film. **
Curious to see some other examples of buttons made with Dura-Lar Film and reflective Metallic Dura-Lar Foil? Here are some older blog posts that feature buttons with special finishes! Which one do you like the best?Instructional Video: Making Buttons with Dura-Lar
Get That New Year's Sparkle All Year Long With Holographic Foil
Buttons for Chinese New Year: Year of the Rooster
Feeling Lucky? It's St. Patrick's Day
Say it With a 2” x 3” Rectangle Fridge Magnet: Great for Personal Statement Gifts, Promotional Giveaways and More! April 24 2017
The 2" x 3” Rectangle Fridge Magnet is a great versatile choice. A popular size for family photos and personal statement gifts, this magnet is a favorite souvenir shop idea and for real estate promotional giveaways too.
See the process of making a 2" x 3” Rectangle Fridge Magnet in this new video from The Button Guy. This video will show you important tips to successfully make magnets with the 2” x 3” rectangle button maker.
This essential advice includes how to cut your artwork, how to properly apply the peel n’ stick magnet and why it is important to let your magnets sit on a flat surface for 24 hours before hanging them on another surface.
Once you see how easy it is to make 2" x 3” Rectangle Fridge Magnets you will be able to get busy. Some projects include:
- Decorating your locker or fridge with family photos and other art
- Making personalized statement gifts for friends and family
- Creating promotional giveaways for your business to hand out to clients and at trade shows and conferences
- Designing your artwork like a postcard for your city's attractions for a great souvenir shop idea
To get started you will need the 2 x 3” Rectangle Button Maker Kit. This machine will also make pinback buttons so you can really have some fun! You will also need all the supplies to make 2 x 3” Rectangle Peel n’ Stick Magnets. Contact us to order the correct supplies!
Loving the idea of these fridge magnets, but not ready to invest in a button maker? We can make Custom 2 x 3” Rectangle Magnets for you with the design of your choice. Check out the other custom magnet sizes we have available.
Earth Love Pin Packs: Can You Dig It? April 21 2017
Calling all Green Thumbs and Tree Huggers! It's almost time to dust off the old trowel, and get digging :)
Spring is in the air and our Earth Love Pin Packs are in full bloom! Our button garden will be ready to harvest in no time.
The Earth Love Pin Pack makes a great gift for gardeners, and is the perfect accessory for nature lovers or anyone of the Eco-conscious persuasion.
Each Earth Love Pin Pack include 4 x 1-1/4" Round Pinback Buttons with randomly selected button designs. You can also look through all of the Earth Love button designs and pick a single button design from the collection.
Toronto artist Leanne Davies recently hit up Toronto Comicon with these rad custom 1.5” square buttons.
Leanne Davies is a visual artist who paints in acrylics and watercolour. Her work illuminates beauty in the absurd and the ironic. Influences on her work include social media and popular culture with desire and the intricacy of human relationships as two common themes in her art.
She had two of her paintings put onto buttons to sell at the pop culture convention where she was an exhibitor.
Leanne Davies’ Spock and Super Dave paintings were pressed into 1.5” square buttons.
This shape and size combination is a great choice for visual artists looking for affordable ways to sell art at shows like Toronto Comicon. This is because the button is big enough to display the detail of the artwork, but is still wearable.
There are a number of custom options for visual artists looking to sell their artwork at a pop culture convention or any other number of shows. Custom magnets, mirrors, coasters, keychains and jewelry are other unique and affordable ways to sell art. These items also provide low cost ways for people to buy art.
To learn more about Leanne Davies and view her fantastic online gallery, visit www.leannedavies.com.
You can also follow her - and see her recent Toronto Comicon adventures - on Instagram.
All About Printing Your Button Artwork: CMYK vs RGB March 29 2017
Designing button artwork takes some creativity with a just a little pinch of technical know-how. Many customers who order custom buttons inquire about the best file type for their button artwork, but another important aspect of button artwork is the color space in which it was created.
This blog post is dedicated to color spaces and what that means in relation to designing buttons :) Let's go!
WHAT IS A COLOR SPACE?
A color space is simply an organization or range of colors. You can think of a color space as palette of all the colors available for you to work with. The two color spaces that are most common when working in Photoshop or Illustrator are RGB and CMYK. What is the difference between the two? Quite a lot actually!
RGB COLOR SPACE
RGB in an acronym for Red, Green, and Blue, and is the color space used by electronic displays. You should be working in an RGB color space if the final product is going to be presented digitally on a screen, like a picture that's going on a website. Every color in an RGB color space is made of some combination of red, green, and blue.
CMYK COLOR SPACE
CMYK is an acronym that stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (which is black). You should be working in a CMYK color space if the final product is going to be printed, and not presented on a screen. The palette of colors that you can access in a CMYK color space can all be made by mixing different amounts of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black, the colors of ink used by a printer.
WHY USE A CMYK COLOR SPACE INSTEAD OF RGB FOR DESIGNING BUTTONS?
The color spectrum in an RGB color space is vast, however, many of the colors are NOT able to be reproduced by a printer. Why not? Because the colors are just not able to be created by the mixing Cyan, Magenta,Yellow, and Black together. It uses a different palette of colors entirely.
If you do try and print out a file that was designed in RGB, you'll notice that the colors look pretty different than they do on the computer. This is because the printer has to substitute all of the RGB colors that it cannot create with a combination of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black ink.
LET'S GET VISUAL
Below is an example of a button design that was created in RGB. The vibrant green on the screen looks bright and saturated. This is because the colors present in the design are made up of Red, Green, and Blue, and are also back lit on the computer.
Beside the digital button artwork designed in RGB is the same button, the only difference is that it was printed out on a laser printer. The RGB colors were substituted to CMYK, and the final printed art looks really different because there is a different color palette available.
The above picture sums up why it's important to design you button artwork in CMYK: you won't get any surprise colors!
BUT I REALLY WANT A NEON BUTTON...
Just because a nice vivid neon color can't be printed out on a printer, doesn't mean that there aren't other ways to achieve a vibrant, striking button.
A great way to achieve a neon look, is to print the button artowrk on a Dura-Lar transparency and pair it with bright paper. For extra sparkle, holographic foil or metallic foil can also be used to create something flashy and fabulous!
Watch the video "How-To Make Buttons With Dura-Lar" and get your neon on!
Doggy-Yasha is a Winnipeg-based artist who creates awesome fan art as well as original illustrations. We recently made them come custom fan art buttons, and the finished product turned out pretty nice!
These custom fan-art buttons are a unique size and shape which works well with the composition of the designs. The buttons are 1-3/4" x 2-3/4" Rounded Rectangle Pinbacks, a relatively new button size that looks extremely sleek and professional with clean rounded corners. We also make Custom Rounded Rectangle Magnets, a lovely addition to any refrigerator door!
If You Like Fan-Art Buttons, Check This Out:
If the fan-art aspect of this post caught your eye, or if you're interested in making buttons for conventions or fan expos, take a peek at the blog feature "Button Making Business: Convention Tips from a Pro!" It's full of great information about selling buttons at conventions.
Check out more of Doggy-Yasha's work online!
Video: How to Make 2 x 3 Rectangle Buttons March 23 2017
Rectangle pinback buttons are a neat shape and lend themselves well to making name tags, accommodating rectangular logos or photographs, and are awesome for fridge magnets too!
Interested in making some of these yourself? Click on the link to find Parts & Supplies for 2" x 3" Rectangle Pinback Buttons on our website, or get more info on the 2" x 3" Rectangle Hand Press that was used in the video :)We also carry parts and hand presses for other sizes of rectangle pinback buttons including 1-3/4 x 2-3/4", and 2-1/2 x 3-1/2".
Rather have us make some buttons or magnets for you? Cool! We also offer Custom Rectangle Buttons in a variety of sizes. Click on the link or send us an email to find out more :)
Feeling Lucky? It's St. Patrick's Day! March 17 2017
Today is the day we all see a little green. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
We had a little fun creating our own button gold at the end of the rainbow.
We hope your day is full of some extra luck too, even if you have to make it yourself.
Great Ideas: Buttons for Your Wedding! March 06 2017
Wedding planning season is here! We are always thrilled about the beautiful ideas that come through the shop at this time of year (like these beautiful buttons for the Wedding Co Show)
We always have questions about ideas for buttons as wedding favours but what about gifts for your wedding party too? Custom Bottle Openers and Pocket Mirrors as gifts for the loved ones supporting you on your special day can be personal and perfect!
Buttons, magnets, mirrors or bottle openers, make excellent wedding favours too! Some of our customers make personalized buttons with the name of each guest! One of our designers made illustrated "Bride" and "Groom" buttons for her wedding!
Standard 2" Buttons: What's up with the Plastic Back? March 01 2017
If you've ever looked into getting a Standard 2" Round Button Maker, you may have noticed that the 2" Pinned Back is a little different than every other size of button. It's made of black plastic instead of metal.
There is reasoning behind the 2" Plastic Back, and you're gonna find out all about it!
First, start off with this video on "How to Make 2 Inch Round Buttons with Plastic Pinned Backs" courtesy of The Button Guy!
HOW TO MAKE 2" BUTTONS WITH PLASTIC PINNED BACKS
Now that you know how a Standard 2" Button is Made, we'll fill you in on the mysterious black plastic backing!
THIRD PRESS OPERATION
When a button is made with a plastic backing, the edge of the button gets crimped at a 45 degree angle. For a pinback button, this 45 degree crimp will hold the button together no problem. The problem with this crimp becomes obvious if you try and mount that button on a plaque, scrap book, or card. It just doesn't lay flat!
The Standard 1", 2", and 6" Round Buttons can be subject to a "Third Press Operation" patented by Tecre. This simply means that the the button gets pressed one extra time in the the pick up die, which flattens the edge completely. The button, now with a flattened back, can be adhered to whatever you like using double sided sticky foam disks or other adhesives.So now you know what's up the the plastic back! Yay 2 inch buttons :)
Great Ideas: Collage Buttons! February 23 2017
Check out these beautiful buttons made by artist Sydney Rose!
Collage is Sydney's medium of choice for most of her art practice (Golden Encyclopedias from the 60's and 70's are her favourite source for images)
"As life gets more busy, I'm always looking at ways to hammer out ideas faster. I've also been looking for a way to produce small collages that can be distributed at a lower price point. The decision to get a button press was super random but it has been incredibly satisfying. It's so easy to produce collages quickly, without any adhesive. Like a sketch book."
We love the result!
Video: How to Make DIY Button Bracelet Charms February 20 2017
In a recent post, we featured Magnetic Button Bracelets with 1" Flatback Button Charms.
There are plenty of Charm Collections available for all of our magnetic jewelry, but it's so fun and satisfying to make a collection of your own!
Make charms with your initials, pics of your pet, or just a pretty design that you doodled. There's no wrong way to DIY your own button charms, but there's definitely a correct way to make them!
If you like the idea of DIY 1" Flatback Button Charms but would rather have us make them for ya, that's no problem at all!
Just give us a call at 1-866-996-1984 or email email@example.com for a quote :)
Beautiful Magnetic Button Bracelets! February 15 2017
These Beautiful Magnetic Button Charm Bracelets would look great on you!
These magnetic buttons bracelets use Button Charms made with 1" round flat back buttons. Super nifty :)
These beautiful button bracelets come in 2 different styles. Pictured above is the One Charm Magnetic Button Bracelet, that holds one charm at a time. The magnetic bracelet base is paired with a leatherette bracelet band, and comes with a collection of 5 flatback button charms so you can mix and match to your hearts content!
The second style is the Five Bezel Magnetic Button Charm Bracelet. This bracelet is able to hold up to 5 button charms at once, and each bracelet comes with a whole collection of flatback button charms right off the bat.
For more information about our magnetic button bracelets, custom flatback buttons, or any other products we carry, feel free to get in touch!
Email us firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 1-866-996-1984.
Button Making Business: Convention Tips from a Pro February 08 2017
Fan conventions seem to get bigger every year and art buttons are one of the hottest artist alley sellers. Whether you are ordering custom buttons made with your artwork or firing up your own button press to make your own, buttons are a great and low-cost way to get your art in the hands of your con-going customers.
We get lots of requests for tips and advice for selling buttons at conventions and although we dipped our toes in at FanExpo 2013 we asked artist and convention veteran Allie of "Allieeeps!" for her top Artist Alley Button tips!
PPP: How long have you been doing artist Alleys at Conventions?
Allie: I've been doing artist alley for 10 years now and selling buttons for the last 9.
PPP: You sell prints and other art as well, but buttons have become a big part of your art business!
A: Over time they have definitely become my biggest sellers! Which is great because they're my favorite thing to do. People are more inclined to spend a few dollars on a button than many dollars on a print.
PPP: We get a lot of questions about what con-goers are likely to respond to art-wise. What kind of artwork/characters do you find are the most popular ones (original vs. popular characters)? What sizes work best for fan buttons?
A: Pre-existing characters outsell original characters by an extremely large margin. But it doesn't necessarily follow that a popular thing will outsell an unpopular thing. Game of Thrones is extremely popular for instance but my GoT buttons never do well. And some buttons that were popular a year ago are impossible to sell now. At the same time, nostalgia can be a big factor in sales, and if you do something lesser known you might be the only table that has it and therefore less competition. My best advice is to make buttons for what YOU love because then even if they don't sell well you'll have a fun time making them!
PPP: Can fans find your buttons online?
A: Yes I sell buttons online. I'm definitely a smaller seller though, I know many people who are always having to restock because their online store is so successful. I'm not sure what the secret is but I don't mind making very few sales online, it keeps my non-work life from getting too crazy.
PPP: This is really great advice for seasoned sellers and newbies alike! Can we shout out your favorite convention to table at?
A: Favorite convention goes to Calgary Expo. It's massive but not overwhelming and the people are so nice and excited about the artists alley. Plus it's always exciting to get to travel a little for a con.
Sweet & Sassy Button Greeting Cards for Valentine's Day February 07 2017
The People Power Press Button Greeting Card Collection has some Sweet and Sassy new additions for Valentine's Day!
If you're not big into Valentine's Day let us break the news for you with the "Sorry Valentine, Love Stinks" card. For the traditionalist, we've got a good ole "Will You be my Valentine" card :) Each card comes with a sweet little button so your Valentine can wear a piece of the card and think of you all day long!
If the other card designs are too cheesy for ya, just add a piece of heart shaped pepperoni, because who doesn't love a slice of pizza and a hilarious pun? Take another little Pizza my Heart!
Each card measures 4 X 5.75" and is blank inside so you can write a personal message. They also come with an envelope, and of course a pinback button :)
Like what you see here? Take a look at all of our Valentine's Day Button Greeting Cards, or the entire People Power Press Button Greeting Card Collection!
Have a Happy Valentine's Day!
Throwback Thursday: Groundhog Day Vintage Button Roundup February 02 2017
We know Groundhog day seems like it happens again and again so why not delve into the past with these cool vintage Groundhog Day buttons. We're not sure how accurate of a meteorologist these little dudes are but knowing it'll be spring eventually is good enough for us!
Make Your Own Button Bottle Opener on a 2-1/4" Machine January 31 2017
There are lots of neat things that can be made on a Standard 2-1/4" Round Button Maker.
This How-To Video show you Step-By-Step How to Make Custom Button Bottle Openers on a Standard 2-1/4" Round Hand Press.
The instructions cover all types of bottle openers which include Metal Pocket Bottle Openers, Metal Keyring Bottle Openers, Black Pocket Bottle Openers, Black Keyring Bottle Openers, and Fridge Magnet Bottle Openers. Take a look!
To order parts for Button Bottle Openers, just go to the product page for Parts & Supplies for Standard 2-1/4" Button Makers. Click the dropdown menu entitled "what do you need?" and then pick your parts!
2-1/4" Button Bottle Opener Kits come with everything you need to make bottle openers (mylar, shell, bottle opener back, keyring, etc.) and are available in packs of 100, 500, and 1000 units.
We can make your Custom Button Bottle Openers too!
Get in touch with us at +1 (866) 996-1984 or email us at email@example.com for a quote!
Buttons for Chinese New Year: Year of the Rooster January 27 2017
Gong Xi Fa Cai and Gong Hey Fat Choy! Tomorrow marks 2017's Chinese New Year and this year is the Year of the Rooster so we made this bright and sparkley buttons to celebrate. This year's element is Fire! You can find out what your Chinese zodiac sign is here.
MYLAR 101: What does "Mil" Mean? January 23 2017
As some of you may have noticed, Mylar and Dura-Lar are measured by thickness.
The thickness of Mylar and Dura-Lar are measured in "mil" ... But, what's a mil?
A Mil is equal to 1/1,000th of an inch, and is written either as "1 mil" or 0.001"
MEASURING MYLARMylar comes in two thicknesses. There is 2 mil Mylar or 0.002" Mylar, a specialty thickness to be used with thick paper or photographs. This 2 mil Mylar is slightly thinner than the standard Mylar ringing in at 2/1,000ths of an inch thick.
The standard thickness is 3mil Mylar or 0.003" Mylar. This is the standard thickness, and is best paired with standard 20lb printer paper. Three mil Mylar is what comes in all of our button making kits, and is the industry standard thickness. It is 3/1,000ths of an inch in thickness.
Dura-Lar Film, a Mylar alternative that can go through a laser printer, is also measure in mil.
The Silver/Gold double sided Mattalised Dura-Lar Film is the thinnest Dura-Lar product with a thickness of 2 mil (0.002"). The Glossy Dura-Lar Film is slightly thicker than regular Mylar, at 4 mil (0.004") thick, and the thickest is Matte Dura-Lar at 5 mil (0.005").
So now when you're shopping around for Mylar or other specialty finishes and see the word Mil kicking about, you know exactly what it means! Knowledge is Power!
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