May SUSIE-Q Fun Tip–Heat Embossing on Buttons

Well, it’s me Susan (susiestampalot)!  Welcome to the May installment of my YNS SUSIE-Q Fun Tip!  Most of ya’ll know that I’m not usually a very “technique-y” stamper.  I like to stamp something, maybe color it, add some papers and embellishments and go from there.  However, I still get caught up in the MAGIC of heat embossing and using embossing powders.  (Have ya’ll seen the new NEON ones lately?  I want, but where would I put them?)  Seeing the powder change to a shiny texture when the heat gets to it just makes me happy!

So, for today’s tutorial, I’m going to show ya’ll how  
I used stamps and a few other supplies 
 to heat emboss onto a button.

Let’s turn up the heat and get started…

First, joining us today is one of the newest stamp sets from Your Next Stamp, Fun With Borders.  You’ll see how I used it in just a minute.  First, gather your supplies.  The buttons can be any kind, as long as they have a flat side to them to stamp on.  A border or background stamp works best.

First, it’s very important to use an embossing buddy on your button, just as you would a cardstock surface before applying embossing ink to it.  It takes the static away and keeps stray embossing powder from being where you don’t want it.  If you don’t have one, cornstarch inside a thin baby sock works fairly well from what I understand.  Just rub the embossing buddy all over the button, including the sides.

Next, ink up your stamp with embossing ink.  Versamark works well as long as the inkpad is nice and juicy, but I LOVE my dauber style ink from Stampendous.

Next comes the tricky part.  Leaving the inked stamp right side up on your desk, gently press the button onto it where you want the embossing to be.  (Yes, I see my typo…grrr.)

Pour/douse/smother the button with the embossing powder and tap off the excess.  Don’t dip it in the powder.  Be sure and have a scrap piece of copy paper on your work surface to catch the excess.  (Rub the embossing buddy on it, too, and it will slide perfectly back into the powder’s container.)

Ok, now it’s time for you to turn on your Disco Inferno song by The Trammps and use your heat tool to melt the embossing powder onto the button.  Let it melt completely, but be careful not to melt the button itself.  Burn, baby burn!  (don’t blame me if that song is stuck in your head all day now…welcome to my world.)


Here’s a couple of other buttons I did with some transparent glitter embossing powder (often referred to as EP) and other YNS border stamps from that same set.

Here’s a closer look at my buttons in action!

Ok, so I guess ya’ll noticed some YNS stuff you’ve never seen before, eh?   
Stay tuned this Friday, May 3rd for an exciting NEW RELEASE that bears watching for…something Your Next Stamp has never carried before!  Any guesses as to what it is?

I hope ya’ll liked my Hot as a Button embossing tutorial!  It’s fun and EASY!  I love reading your comments, so feel free to give me a shout out.  I’m dying to do something with glitter…what do ya’ll want to see?

DONT’ FORGET to leave me a comment— 

  There’s going to be a random drawing on MAY 5th from all the comments to win some YNS goodies!    

Ready, set, GO!!!!!


  1. 1

    Oh such lovely prints on the buttons….I have never ever seen such buttons before…thanks a million for sharing this awesome technique . Wishing you a beautiful day creating more lovely beauties…


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    Dandi93 says:

    What a fabulous idea Susan, a great way to have some matching buttons..Thanks for the reminder about using the embossing buddy…

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    Awesome Susan! Love this fun technique and can’t wait to give it a try!!! xx

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    Virgo5 says:

    Wow what a great technique! I honestly never would have thought of embossing buttons, but it looks terrific!

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    Roanna Wong says:

    Wow… i love the way you have changed a simple looking button into something amazin. Thanks for sharing. Great idea for revamping buttons and I love the card… *hugs*

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    Marsha says:

    What a great technique. Definitely need to try this one. Thanks so much.

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    Nancy L. says:

    Never thought about embossing buttons! Great idea! Thanks!

  8. 8

    I have embossed on glass but never a button. Cool idea.

  9. 9

    Wow… This is a really neat idea. I love it… I am going to use this one for sure. Thanks

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    Sue D says:

    You can really get interesting looks on your buttons with this technique–thanks for sharing and for the sneak peek.

  11. 11

    Susie, what an adorable idea!! You are so clever, love this! Thanks so much for the nice tutorial.

  12. 12

    I’ve never thought to emboss a button before. Thanks for the tip Susan. Of course, you would have to get that song stuck in my head now. LOL

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    Olivia says:

    Such a cool idea. Got to give this a try.

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    Heather says:

    How cool. I never thought to emboss buttons before. Will have to give it a try.

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    What a great way to alter your buttons! I am going to have to try this!

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    Ruby says:

    This is a great idea. I must give this a try. TFS

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    Shari says:

    Suzie, what a great idea! Lov ethe look of the embossing on the buttons! I think I am gonna have to try that – even if I just emboss the whole button to match my colours and use up some of those button colours you have but never liked and I could TOTALLy just change them to suit me! Thanks!

    Looking forward to what you are going to do with glitter! I like to use the beautiful YNS Dies and cut out double sided paper and use the Glitter Ritz on them to make them all pretty =)

    Shari Green

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    Vicki says:

    A great tutorial. It’s really fun to learn something new when you’ve been at this craft a long time.

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    wow so gotta try this! never thought to use embossing on buttons great idea.

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    Tracy Penney says:

    What a great tip. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

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    Billie A says:

    Wonderful tip and I will for sure try this. Embossing buttons is a wonderful idea. I love your ideas and tutorials. Thanks.. Hugs

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    g says:

    wow this is awesome! i don’t think i’ve ever embossed a button before- way cool & i can’t wait to try now! thanks for the fab tutorial & sneaks & chance to win!!

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    Nomie says:

    Such a cute card great tip!

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    Nomie says:

    Such a cute card great tip!

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    ~ Jo ~ says:

    Wow Susie this is an awesome tip! I never would have imagined or thought to emboss on a button! I am definitely going to give this a try! Thanks again!


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    terry says:

    LUV your embossed bUttONs! wonderful border stamps…Hmmm…may have to HAVE! ~Terry Y.

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