The problem is quite simple. How do I make buttons that are fluorescent? My printer cannot print fluorescent colours. How do I make gold or silver buttons? My printer cannot print gold or silver. Well the fact is very few printers can print fluorescent colours or gold. Even bright pink is difficult to reproduce so this article explains how to get around the limitations of printing and put really bright colors on a button. So if you want bright pink buttons just use this idea and substitute the gold paper for fluorescent pink or whatever color you choose.
I will use the example of gold because no printer can print shiny reflective gold.
What do you need to make really shiny gold buttons:
- Gold foil paper
- Printable acetate transparencies
- Circle cutter, printer and button maker (Just like you need for any button making job)
Make your artwork just like you would for any button and then reverse it. Then simply print the reverse image on a transparency. Lay the transparency over a sheet of the gold foil paper and cut out the gold sheet and acetate together. If you have trouble with the gold foil you can always cut it separately with scissors and put it under the acetate. It only need show through where there is no colour printed on the acetate. You don’t even need to cut very accurately. Now put acetate with gold backing into the button maker and press as normal. Voila!
Another tip is to print the image NOT reversed and lay the acetate over the gold foil print side down. This way the print side is protected. Depending on your printer and acetate combo the ink may scratch off. This way your print is protected.