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Button Initial in a Frame

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I saw this on Pinterest and have made a few. They’re quite simple to make but look very effective and make a nice gift. This is a quick how-to for a button initial in a frame.

I use the ‘Ribba’ frame from Ikea, which is a white, deep, 9x9inch square frame. You need a frame with depth so that the buttons don’t get squashed up against the glass. An alternative would be to use a normal frame and leave the glass out.

Measure and cut a piece of white card using the paper from the frame as a guide.

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Cut out your chosen letter using a die cutting machine if you have one. Otherwise, print out your letter onto card using Word on your computer and cut it out by hand. Make it around 6 inches tall.
Stick the letter to the white card with double sided tape or glue.
Tip: Cut out two or three letters out and layer them on top of your card. This will stop your card from warping if you use too much glue.

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Start putting your buttons down on top of the letter. When you’re happy with the arrangement, glue the buttons down using a wet glue like Uhu or Bostick or Anita’s Tacky Glue (PVA), preferably with a small nozzle. Overlap some of the buttons to add depth to your letter.

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Repeat until you have filled the letter. Put some small gems and pearls into the spaces left by the buttons.

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When dry, place it in the frame. And there you have it, a lovely gift for a new baby, Christening, birthday etc.

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Instead of just using buttons, you can fill your letter with gens and pearls. It’s more time consuming because of the small pieces but looks well.

I got various gems in Inspiring Ideas in Blanchardstown. I got half pearls from the eBay seller go4beauty.

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Black & White card

This black & white card has an image from Sassy Cheryl, coloured with Promarkers (Cool Grey 1,3,4&5) and finished with glossy accents on the raindrops and puddles and stickles glitter (crystal) on the hat.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Sassy Cheryl – No Embossing

Passion for Promarkers – Black & White