What a happy coincidence -- I had these button projects planned out a few weeks ago, before seeing Becky's Trend Watch Tuesday post this week about buttons! I guess it's safe to say we all like our buttons, don't we?!!
I thought Memory Box's Twizzle Tree would be a great stamp to embellish with buttons. And since the tree is a classic basic tree, you can change the colors of the buttons to suit the season or holiday! I chose to celebrate Spring by using Memory Box's Frond 6x6 patterned paper as a base for my tree. I machine zig-zag stitched two different patterns to the bottom of my card base made out of Memory Box Kraft cardstock.
The tree was stamped with Ranger Adirondack Espresso dye ink. I used Hero Arts Clear Card Buttons, punched more coordinating patterned papers from the Frond collection and then adhered the two together with Glossy Accents:
There are three different sizes of these clear buttons in each package, so you can find just about any size you need. On the tree, I used all three sizes. It's quick and easy to adhere the patterned paper to the button, by using Glossy Accents -- it dries clear and quickly, to give you a perfectly-matched button for your project! These buttons can also be stamped on, for another unique look.
A tip for sewing buttons on your project easily . . . use a Piercing Tool on a Piercing Pad to poke the holes for the buttons exactly where you want them. This makes sewing the buttons to the cardstock easier and quicker, especially if you are trying to sew through more than one layer of cardstock, like I did with my butterfly card below:
The inside of my button tree card was finished with a little more patterned Frond paper, cut with pinking shears and Memory Box's Happy Spring sentiment:
I just recently discovered in the store these adorable Butterfly Cards & Envelopes by Memory Box:
While they make cute, quick & easy notecards as is, I thought it would be fun to use the butterflies like a die cut. I cut one butterfly notecard apart where it was hinged together at the left wing and positioned it on a Memory Box Hyacinth Notecard that I punched the right edge with Martha Stewart's Scalloped Dot Edger Punch:
I machine stitched around the butterfly and then used buttons in the same manner as above, for the butterfly's body. The butterfly antennae was created with thread, after sewing the buttons on the card.
The Happy Spring sentiment was stamped with Hero Arts Iris Chalk Ink. I hope these Spring cards give you some more ideas of ways to use buttons!
Stamps: Memory Box Twizzle Tree & Happy Spring
Paper: Memory Box Frond 6x6 patterned, Kraft cardstock, Butterfly Cards & Envelopes-Cool, Hyacinth Notecard
Ink: Ranger Adirondack Espresso dye ink pad, Hero Arts Iris Chalk Ink
Accessories: Hero Arts Clear Card Buttons, Ranger Glossy Accents, Ornare Piercing Tool & Piercing Pad. EK Success 5/8" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch & 3/4" circle punch. Martha Stewart Edger Punch-Scalloped Dot
Other: sewing machine