Tips for Designing DIY Holographic Buttons April 04 2018
Designing Holographic Sparkle Buttons is really fun, and the finished product looks AMAZING. That being said, they are a little bit trickier to design than buttons printed on regular paper.
Here are some hot tips for making your holographic button designs stand out and looking their very best!
1. Keep your designs simple.
2. The fewer colours, the better.
3. Make sure the shapes in your design aren't too small.
4. Outline your image with a dark colour for optimal image definition. The picture above shows the same designs with two different treatments. The design on the left has a transparent outline which makes it tricky to see the mermaid. The design on the right has a black outline, which makes the mermaid stand out and look extra awesome!
For full details on how to make your own DIY Holographic Sparkle Buttons, check out this tutorial blog from our archives.
Let us know what other design questions you have and we can include in future how-to blog posts!
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:
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!
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.
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!
Keychains Two Ways: Learn how to make Split Ring and Snake Keychains with your Model 150 Button Maker January 10 2017
Button Keychains are practical, easy to make, and come in lots of different styles to suit any taste.
Button keychains allow you to take a special picture with you everywhere you go! You can rep your favorite band, show off the cutest picture EVER of your cat, oh the possibilities!
The videos below show you how to make a 1-1/2" Round Split Ring Keychain, as well as a 1-1/2" Round Snake Keychain. Both styles are pressed on a Model #150 Hand Press and use Standard 1-1/2" Round Parts.
Supplies used to make Split Ring Keychains on the Model #150 Button Maker:
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Button Shell
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Slot Back
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Mylar (3mm)
- Split Ring with Tab
- Button Artwork
You can find "EVERYTHING for Split Ring KEYCHAINS" kit in the drop down product menu when you click through the link. This kit includes the button shells, slot backs, 3mm mylar, and split rings with tabs (everything except the artwork). They are available in packs of 10, 25, 100, 500, and 1000 units.1-1/2" Split Ring Keychains are also available with a Versa Back instead of a Slot Back. Learn how to press a button keychian using a Versa Back here.
Supplies used to make Snake Keychains on the Model #150 Button Maker:
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Button Shell
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Slot Back
- Standard 1-1/2" Round Mylar (3mm)
- Snake Keychain with Tab
- Button Artwork
CUSTOM BUTTON KEYCHAINS
Not really a Do-It-Yourself type? No worries, we can totally make custom keychains in various styles and sizes for ya! Take a look at all of our custom button keychain options, including the 1-1/2" Split Ring and 1-1/2" Snake Keychain featured in this post!
MORE BUTTON KEYCHAIN RESOURCES
Learn more about all of the different types of keychains that we offer! Check out these blog posts for lots of great info on keychain parts and more How-To Videos courtesy of The Button Guy on YouTube :)
Guitar Pick Punches are back! November 04 2016
Guitar pick punches are back and better than ever :)
This easy to use DIY tool is an awesome addition to any music-lovers' collection, and is a great gift idea for a guitarist on the go!
To use, just round up some old gift cards, credit cards, or even sturdy plastic packaging and make a one-of-a-kind guitar pick with a single punch!
This heavy duty little machine is also great for band members who want to give out or sell personalized guitar picks at shows.
If recycling old gift cards into picks isn't for you, you can also create custom guitar picks with your band name or album title for your next gig! Endless possibilities :)
Spooky Face Dry Erase Buttons for Silly Halloween Fun! October 19 2016
Halloween is almost here, and we are oh-so ready to play some tricks, eat some treats, and have some fun with with Spooky Face Dry Erase Buttons!
These silly buttons feature classic Halloween favorites with a twist: you can customize them yourself whenever the mood strikes! The only thing you need is a dry erase marker and a little imagination...
Simply draw a face and then erase! Repeat as many times as you like!
If you come up with the the BEST FACE EVER you can make the design more permanent by using wet-erase or permanent markers too.
Spooky Face Dry Erase Buttons come in lots of fun and colourful designs: witch, cat, pumpkin, mask, and Frank! All are available as single buttons, or you can collect the entire Spooky Face Button family.
You can even get have a custom collection or button designed for you by our team! The possibilities are endless. Just give us a call!
How-To: Design-Your-Own Bridal Shower Buttons September 26 2016
A perfect way to honor guests and attendants on your special day - and keep track of who's-who at a party for newcomers - beautiful Bridal Shower Buttons!
Buttons can be designed to match your wedding or party colours and make a great way to help break the ice!
Design-Your-Own Bridal Shower Buttons in Button Designer
Before you start you might want to familiarize yourself with Button Designer by watching this video tutorial - it will guide you through the basics of designing a button and help you with the following steps:
|1. Choose Your Artwork: Find a background and save it to your computer. I chose this one because it has a nice framing element that will showcase the name. A great place for free pattern and backgrounds is Public Domain Pictures|
|2. Upload Your Artwork: Create a FREE account on the Button Guy Online Button Designer. Choose which size of button you'd like to make and upload your pattern.|
3. Design Your Button: Choose which lines of text you would like to be visible and pick a font and a font colour. Make sure it stands out against the background.
(Tip: Change the background colour from the default Yellow to a colour that matches your uploaded artwork)
4. Save Your Designs: Once you have finished adding a name click the [Save Button] Button, your design is now saved and you can change the text without uploading the background again.
Repeat these steps until you have all your buttons - you can see them all in "Buttons Overview".
5.Your Buttons Are Ready to Make! If you are making your own buttons at home you can follow the steps on Button Designer to print out your own artwork - or you can order custom buttons with your designs from us!