Buttons, Badges & Pins - People Power Blog
Earth Love Pin Packs: Can You Dig It? April 21 2017
Calling all Green Thumbs and Tree Huggers! It's almost time to dust off the old trowel, and get digging :)
Spring is in the air and our Earth Love Pin Packs are in full bloom! Our button garden will be ready to harvest in no time.
The Earth Love Pin Pack makes a great gift for gardeners, and is the perfect accessory for nature lovers or anyone of the Eco-conscious persuasion.
Each Earth Love Pin Pack include 4 x 1-1/4" Round Pinback Buttons with randomly selected button designs. You can also look through all of the Earth Love button designs and pick a single button design from the collection.
Customer Lorne walked into the shop one day wanting to make a custom button with a simple text design to take with him to the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge. The story behind the button design was anything but simple.
These 2-1/4" custom round buttons were made to honour veterans, including those who fought in the historic battle of Vimy Ridge 100 years ago. This battle is considered to be a defining moment in Canadian history.
Lorne will be carrying these custom round buttons as he travels to attend the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge this month. He has a very personal connection to The First World War, when the battle at Vimy Ridge occurred. His father was a soldier in this war. He also has a brother who is a veteran of the Second World War and was featured in a CBC miniseries called The Valour and the Horror.
In addition to his trip to Vimy Ridge, Lorne was also present at the opening of the Juno Beach Centre.
Buttons with Simple Text Design Can Share Your Message
These buttons are a great example of how one button can be used to share your message.
If you would like to tell your story with a custom button, please let us know. Often customers don't think we will make a single button, but we will make a few or as many buttons as you'd like!
If you have an idea, we can help bring it to life. We offer a variety of custom button sizes and shapes, as well as many other custom products. We also have a variety of design services available to match your needs.
You can also get creative and create your own buttons with simple text design using Button Designer. It's free and easy to use!
Toronto artist Leanne Davies recently hit up Toronto Comicon with these rad custom 1.5” square buttons.
Leanne Davies is a visual artist who paints in acrylics and watercolour. Her work illuminates beauty in the absurd and the ironic. Influences on her work include social media and popular culture with desire and the intricacy of human relationships as two common themes in her art.
She had two of her paintings put onto buttons to sell at the pop culture convention where she was an exhibitor.
Leanne Davies’ Spock and Super Dave paintings were pressed into 1.5” square buttons.
This shape and size combination is a great choice for visual artists looking for affordable ways to sell art at shows like Toronto Comicon. This is because the button is big enough to display the detail of the artwork, but is still wearable.
There are a number of custom options for visual artists looking to sell their artwork at a pop culture convention or any other number of shows. Custom magnets, mirrors, coasters, keychains and jewelry are other unique and affordable ways to sell art. These items also provide low cost ways for people to buy art.
To learn more about Leanne Davies and view her fantastic online gallery, visit www.leannedavies.com.
You can also follow her - and see her recent Toronto Comicon adventures - on Instagram.
Celebrate Montreal 375 With Buttons and Magnets! March 30 2017
Happy Birthday Montreal! You don't look a day older than 374! :) In recognition of your big day, we decided to celebrate Montreal 375 with buttons and magnets. Our super awesome designers decided to use rounded rectangle button parts for these fun and funky retro designs, reminiscent of Expo '67.
Fun Facts about Montreal:
- Montréal is an island.
- Montréal is the second largest French speaking city in the world (after Paris).
- Montréal's predominant religion is Hockey (haha).
- 85% of the world's maple syrup comes from Québec, Montréal's Provence
Know someone who's joining the party? You can order Montreal 375 buttons and magnets quickly and easily on our site. We can also help you create and make your own custom buttons for this or any type of anniversary!
For those who are also getting ready for Canada 150 , take a look at the collection of Canada 150 Buttons and other fun stuff we made.
Get yer party chapeaus on, y'all! 2017 is going to be a big fun year :)
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 colour space in which it was created.
This blog post is dedicated to colour spaces and what that means in relation to designing buttons :) Let's go!
WHAT IS A COLOUR SPACE?
A colour space is simply an organization or range of colours. You can think of a colour space as palette of all the colours available for you to work with. The two colour 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 COLOUR SPACE
RGB in an acronym for Red, Green, and Blue, and is the colour space used by electronic displays. You should be working in an RGB colour space if the final product is going to be presented digitally on a screen, like a picture that's going on a website. Every colour in an RGB colour space is made of some combination of red, green, and blue.
CMYK COLOUR SPACE
CMYK is an acronym that stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (which is black). You should be working in a CMYK colour space if the final product is going to be printed, and not presented on a screen. The palette of colours that you can access in a CMYK colour space can all be made by mixing different amounts of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black, the colours of ink used by a printer.
WHY USE A CMYK COLOUR SPACE INSTEAD OF RGB FOR DESIGNING BUTTONS?
The colour spectrum in an RGB colour space is vast, however, many of the colours are NOT able to be reproduced by a printer. Why not? Because the colours are just not able to be created by the mixing Cyan, Magenta,Yellow, and Black together. It uses a different palette of colours entirely.
If you do try and print out a file that was designed in RGB, you'll notice that the colours look pretty different than they do on the computer. This is because the printer has to substitute all of the RGB colours 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 colours 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 colours were substituted to CMYK, and the final printed art looks really different because there is a different colour palette available.
The above picture sums up why it's important to design you button artwork in CMYK: you won't get any surprise colours!
BUT I REALLY WANT A NEON BUTTON...
Just because a nice vivid neon colour 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!
Doggy-Yasha is a Winnipeg-based artist who creates awesome fan art as well as original illustrations. We recently made them come custom fan art buttons, and the finished product turned out pretty nice!
These custom fan-art buttons are a unique size and shape which works well with the composition of the designs. The buttons are 1-3/4" x 2-3/4" Rounded Rectangle Pinbacks, a relatively new button size that looks extremely sleek and professional with clean rounded corners. We also make Custom Rounded Rectangle Magnets, a lovely addition to any refrigerator door!
If You Like Fan-Art Buttons, Check This Out:
If the fan-art aspect of this post caught your eye, or if you're interested in making buttons for conventions or fan expos, take a peek at the blog feature "Button Making Business: Convention Tips from a Pro!" It's full of great information about selling buttons at conventions.
Check out more of Doggy-Yasha's work online!
Tokens for events as well as your gumball machine March 24 2017
We usually have vending tokens in stock for gumball machines. This year I have had quite a few customers wanting to use tokens instead of tickets at their upcoming events this summer. It's a smart idea! Many organizations are now using tokens instead of tickets in their food/drink/ride booths. Tokens do reduce the amount of cash handling by staff and volunteers and remember tokens are reusable year after year. So if you're planning an event and need a ticket system maybe we have the tokens you need so your event runs smoothly this summer.
We stock .984 tokens and they are the most popular token size suitable for "free vend" mechanisms on vending machines and are great for event management and cash security at both indoor and outdoor events. Order .984 tokens
Learn How to Make 2 x 3" Rectangle Pinback 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 :)
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.
Creepy Buttons for Creepy Cake Co. March 09 2017
These wonderfully creepy custom buttons are a delicious mix of spooky and sweet, a perfect fit for Creepy Cake Co.
Boasting doom & gloom in every bite, this Niagara Region bakery specializes in baked goods with a distinctly creepy flair.
Creepy Cake Co. jumped on the button band wagon with these creepy custom 1-1/2" Round Pinback Buttons. The size of button works really well with their logo, large enough to read the text no problem, but still small and wearable. Excellent choice Creepy Cake Co!
Now if only making buttons could end with eating frosting right out of the bowl :)
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!
Daily Deals for the Month of March 2017 March 01 2017
Exciting news! Daily Deals are going to be a bit different for the month of March and beyond :) Now, each day of the week will have its own Daily Button Deal that will last all month long. So every Monday in the month will have the same deal, same for Tuesday, etc.
This lets you have a little more time to get in on the Daily Deal action. If you miss a day, you still have plenty of time to catch the deal before it's gone forever...
Also, the discount is now built right into the price, so it's easier than ever to save!
Deal for All Mondays in March:
Buy 2 Packs of Pre-Cut White Paper Circles for Button Making and Get 1 Pack Free
Deal for All Tuesdays in March:
Buy Everything for 500 Standard 1-3/4" Ceramic Magnets and get a 25 pack of Standard 1-3/4" Pinback Buttons FREE
Deal for All Wednesdays in March:
Deal for All Thursdays in March:
Design Service Upgrade: Get a FREE Simple Setup when you order a Custom Product
Deal for Fridays / Saturdays / Sundays in March:
Get 10% Off Parts & Supplies for the 3" FLEX1000 Die Set
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.
From the Button Archives - Carnaval de Québec, Bonhomme Buttons February 12 2017
Who is 7 feet tall, is made of 400 pounds of snow, and is annually presented with the Key to the City of Québec?
Why, it's Bonhomme Carnaval, the King of Carnaval de Québec!
Bonhomme Carnaval has been the ambassador of the Carnaval de Québec since 1955 when he started warming the hearts of people in Québec during frosty winters. Though this 3" button isn't as old at the Bonhomme himself, it's still dates back to the 1970s which is pretty neat!
Have a cozy winter and Joueux Carnaval!
Ontario 150 - Ontario 150 logo buttons and magnets February 10 2017
Ontario 150 confederation anniversary coming up on July 1st. You may have seen the TV ads that started this week.
On July 1, 1867, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia entered into Confederation. That’s why we celebrate Canada’s anniversary each year on July 1st.
2017 will mark our 150th anniversary, so this is a big birthday! The Ontario government says this is a chance to celebrate and reflect on our history, look ahead towards the next 150 years, and embark on an exciting new chapter for the province.
At People Power Press we will be celebrating with Ontario 150 buttons and magnets. The Ontario 150 logo has been criticized as being unclear, not clean and not balanced and apparently cost $30,000. Toronto Star Article. I know our design team would have done it for less and it would be better but what can you do. This is the official logo and it's got a quirky feel to it.
There is also the official Canada 150 logo which has also been criticized, so if anyone out there can do better for either of these designs, send it in and if we publish it we'll send you a button with your Ontario 150 logo.
UPSTARTS: Custom Buttons for Big Ideas February 10 2017
UPSTARTS is an brand new organization that acts as a platform for young innovators.
They're so brand new, in fact, they haven't even launched yet! They'll be officially launched on March 1st 2017, and we've got a sneak peek of some swag (spoiler alert: they're custom buttons!)
UPSTARTS work to connect the next generation of thinkers and entrepreneurs with scholarships, mentorships, and opportunities to make Canada a better place.
What a cool idea, UPSTARTS!! Supporting the "side hustle" of today's youth to foster the entrepreneurs of tomorrow :)
Check out UPSTARTS on social media for for info!
Button Making Business: Convention Tips from a Pro February 08 2017
Fan conventions seem to get bigger every year and art buttons are one of the hottest artist alley sellers. Whether you are ordering custom buttons made with your artwork or firing up your own button press to make your own, buttons are a great and low-cost way to get your art in the hands of your con-going customers.
We get lots of requests for tips and advice for selling buttons at conventions and although we dipped our toes in at FanExpo 2013 we asked artist and convention veteran Allie of "Allieeeps!" for her top Artist Alley Button tips!
PPP: How long have you been doing artist Alleys at Conventions?
Allie: I've been doing artist alley for 10 years now and selling buttons for the last 9.
PPP: You sell prints and other art as well, but buttons have become a big part of your art business!
A: Over time they have definitely become my biggest sellers! Which is great because they're my favorite thing to do. People are more inclined to spend a few dollars on a button than many dollars on a print.
PPP: We get a lot of questions about what con-goers are likely to respond to art-wise. What kind of artwork/characters do you find are the most popular ones (original vs. popular characters)? What sizes work best for fan buttons?
A: Pre-existing characters outsell original characters by an extremely large margin. But it doesn't necessarily follow that a popular thing will outsell an unpopular thing. Game of Thrones is extremely popular for instance but my GoT buttons never do well. And some buttons that were popular a year ago are impossible to sell now. At the same time, nostalgia can be a big factor in sales, and if you do something lesser known you might be the only table that has it and therefore less competition. My best advice is to make buttons for what YOU love because then even if they don't sell well you'll have a fun time making them!
PPP: Can fans find your buttons online?
-Yes I sell buttons online. I'm definitely a smaller seller though, I know many people who are always having to restock because their online store is so successful. I'm not sure what the secret is but I don't mind making very few sales online, it keeps my non-work life from getting too crazy.
PPP: This is really great advice for seasoned sellers and newbies alike! Can we shout out your favorite convention to table at?
A: Favorite convention goes to Calgary Expo. It's massive but not overwhelming and the people are so nice and excited about the artists alley. Plus it's always exciting to get to travel a little for a con.
Sweet & Sassy Button Greeting Cards for Valentine's Day February 07 2017
The People Power Press Button Greeting Card Collection has some Sweet and Sassy new additions for Valentine's Day!
If you're not big into Valentine's Day let us break the news for you with the "Sorry Valentine, Love Stinks" card. For the traditionalist, we've got a good ole "Will You be my Valentine" card :) Each card comes with a sweet little button so your Valentine can wear a piece of the card and think of you all day long!
If the other card designs are too cheesy for ya, just add a piece of heart shaped pepperoni, because who doesn't love a slice of pizza and a hilarious pun? Take another little Pizza my Heart!
Each card measures 4 X 5.75" and is blank inside so you can write a personal message. They also come with an envelope, and of course a pinback button :)
Like what you see here? Take a look at all of our Valentine's Day Button Greeting Cards, or the entire People Power Press Button Greeting Card Collection!
Have a Happy Valentine's Day!
Throwback Thursday: Groundhog Day Vintage Button Roundup February 02 2017
We know Groundhog day seems like it happens again and again so why not delve into the past with these cool vintage Groundhog Day buttons. We're not sure how accurate of a meteorologist these little dudes are but knowing it'll be spring eventually is good enough for us!
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!
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