Making a mirror back button using a favorite photo or fabric is fun and very easy to do! You might have heard them referred to before as a pocket mirror or purse mirror. Our complete mirror button sets include everything you need to make a mirror back button, Mylar, Front Shell, Collet Back, Mirror Shim and Genuine Glass Mirror.
You have questions and we have answers. One of the most commonly asked questions we get revolves around the different types of button machines and supplies & whether or not they are interchangeable. Basically, you’ll find three kinds of button machines: Industry standard, proprietary and those made outside the USA.
Industry standard button supplies fit 99.9% of all standard-sized button machines. These parts are designed to be used with American made button machines and probably will not fit a foreign made machine and most definitely will not fit a Badge a Minit machine. What does this mean to you if you have an industry standard machine? Well, it means you can purchase supplies from any company that sells industry standard sizes. American Button Machines stocks the widest variety of industry standard button supplies & accessories and we are constantly on the search for new, innovative products.
At American Button Machines we understand you work hard for your money and we’re all striving to find the best value for our dollars. The most frequent requests we get are for discount offers & promo codes to help defray the costs of button making. We’ve been searching for a way to make this happen and feel we have finally hit upon the right answer.
We are proud to announce, and know you are going to love, our new My ABM Rewards Program. Beginning with your very next purchase, each order you make online will tally a reward totaling 2% of the purchase price which you can use as a discount on a future transaction.
It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here!!
Last week we told you about our latest project, a digital graphic marketplace dedicated specifically for button makers.
Have you ever wanted to use images you found on the internet to make a button? You can experience all kinds of problems with fuzzy images, sizing issues and lets not forget those pesky copyright issues. Yep as I’m sure you know, just because an imaget is on the internet does not give you license to use it.
Well we have a solution, The ABM Design Marketplace. Now these are not all our images, nope we are teaming up with talented artists across the globe to bring you themed collages for your button making pleasure.
As we continue with our button making video tutorial series, we take a quick break from the tutorials to celebrate the exciting world of fabric buttons.
And as you will see below, when set to a funky background beat, a montage of fabric buttons can be and is exciting!
Fabric buttons have been one of the most prominent topics that we have covered here at The Button Blog. Rather than try to re-invent the wheel or regurgitate old information, we will provide you with the links to our fabric button tutorial series, plus some other useful resources to help you in your fabric button endeavors.
We have spent a lot of time discussing designs for the front of your buttons, but today we are flipping things around.
Did you know that there is an easy way to add free advertising to every single button you create?
It’s true. It is called a “tagline” and it goes on in the small area around the outer back border of your button that is created once you have pressed the graphics down.
This area of the button is the perfect place to add a phone number, website address, email address, or even your slogan or business name.
Our newest video tutorial shows you how to create the design using the Build-a-Button Online Design Center.
Brighid Brown – Director of Blogging and All Things Cool at ABM
One of the growing trends in monogramming and embroidery is the use of fabric-covered buttons as an accessory for a number of items, from clothing to purses to shoes. Many small embroidery shops have begun to offer a selection of fabric buttons, including custom monogrammed buttons. With a professional grade button machine, a small embroidery shop can quickly expand its product offering with a fun and versatile fabric button that has a number of uses. This post is the third in our week-long series on fabric buttons.
Tuesday, we discussed important pointers for choosing the right fabric when you begin your fabric button making project. Then yesterday, we told you about the myriad uses for fabric-covered buttons. Today, we will provide an overview of why many embroidery shops are investing in their own professional button machine to produce custom fabric buttons.
We have had several customers ask us about how to make a pinback button that is waterproof. There is a lot of misinformation published on the web so we wanted to shed a little light on the subject. Continue reading
People are always asking us is it really that easy to make a pinback button? The quick answer is, absolutely! The next question is, where can I get free button making software? The most challenging thing to accomplish when making a button is designing the artwork, everything else is a piece of cake! If you want to design a pinback button on a computer, then you need some sort of graphic design software. People are always looking for free button making software that works well and is simple to use.
Update: Speaking of button making software that works well and is simple to use, make sure you check out the Build-a-Button Online Design Center, developed and managed by ABM!
There are some different choices you can make for free button making software like Gimp, however we believe in the old adage, you get what you pay for. While Gimp is free and works for many people, it can be challenging to set up and use for a novice. This being said, if it is challenging to learn, you might as well spend a little money on Adobe Photoshop or Corel Draw as these are professional software packages that do not have the problems you might encounter with free button making software such as glitches and printer driver issues.
If you are familiar with Adobe Photoshop or Corel Draw, then you already have the button making battle won. Adobe Photoshop is the primary market leader for graphics, however we find Corel Draw much easier to work with for most people as it seems to be more user friendly for non-graphically minded individuals. You can buy a scaled down version of Adobe Photoshop called Photoshop Elements for about $100 and it will probably do everything you need in the Button-World. Adobe Photoshop does have a long learning curve. However once it is mastered your imagination is the only limit to creating incredible graphics.
Update: Since writing this post, ABM has made it even easier for you to create button graphics on your computer using Photoshop and Corel.
First of all, you can take advantage of special deals for Photoshop that Adobe has made available through us. Click on the following link to save $20 to $30 on NEW Adobe Elements 8 products with mail-in rebate. (Exp 10/31/2010).
[Note: Corel video and templates coming soon.]