New 2.25″ Back Options

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Back options for 2.25″ buttons now include pins, fridge magnets, pocket mirrors, key rings, key chains, and metal back bottle openers with split rings. Thanks for looking!

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Pet Buttons

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Petey is a good old dog. He lives with Joe in Boardman, Ohio. We were duplex neighbors when we all lived in Struthers. Joe granted permission for Petey to model “Fun Size” Pet Buttons so you can see that pets are great subjects for photo buttons.

“Fun Size” buttons are 1.25″ dia. Back options include pins, fridge magnets, and flat back tokens. The metal back on tokens is steel color. In the photo, it looks black… I did not want to photo-shop the buttons, but I did white-wash the background and added text.

Tokens are made to be glued onto things. They’re great for craft projects, greeting cards, all sorts of things. For the samples, I used hot glue to attach a token to a badge reel and double-sticky foam tape to make a planter stick. The two unattached to anything have strong ceramic magnets hidden inside.

Something else I like about tokens… I can hide things inside. Of course, the contents must be added while the button is in the press and the only way to get it back out again is to destroy the button. There is enough space inside for a little note, a lucky coin, or whatever is small enough to fit in there.

The larger 2.25″ buttons can also make nice pet photo buttons. Text is optional.

Thanks for reading!

I think I can post this now as Joe should have received his package in the mail today.

I did not tell him about the token buttons. I also remodeled his badge reel sample, replaced the plastic strap with a detachable mini key ring, as the badge reels purchased online failed my quality control testing. I was thinking of offering badge reels as a product option, but some of those straps only have about a one snap life. So, I just sell the tokens and people can glue them onto whatever they want.

Along with the pet button samples, Joe also got a surprise button because he found one of the misspelled words in Youngstown and commented about it on my Facebook page.

Heart Frames

Show & Tell… “picture frames” png files with heart “cut outs” so it can be laid on top of a photo, with a variety of backgrounds. Yes, I’m playing with a purpose. I’ve been asked to design a card with a heart shaped photo. It took me awhile to learn how to crop circles instead of squares and rectangles (so easy in GIMP, not so easy in OpenOffice Draw) and sometimes, you want to move things around, crop it over a little bit… so an easier way is to make a “frame” clipart in the shape you want, then lay it on top of the photo. Then both the photo and the frame can be individually scaled, stretched, moved, or whatever before you flatten the image for exporting.

Here are the results:

Plain White Heart Frame

BlackHeartFrame

Plain Black Heart Frame

Cool Green Frame

You can save any of those three for your own use, if you want… consider it free clip art. To download, click on image to view full size, then right click and select save. Please keep in mind that I am still schooling myself with graphic design software, so it is not perfect.

Here are examples of heart frames in use… I applied filters for special effects on some just to see how cool one basic simple heart frame could look.

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frosted, scaled wider

frosted, scaled taller

white frame

white frame

blue, marble filter

blue, marble filter


The possibilities seem near endless as far as color choices and special effects go, so I can see this as something I could use for photo button designs. I could do some other shapes… ovals and rectangles, for sure, maybe stars or free-form. And definitely, most definitely, remove the black line from the white heart as it will look better without.

Thanks for reading!