I used Ranger Distress Paints in Barn Door, Seedless Preserves, Spun Sugar, and Picked Raspberry to create the background. I smooshed a little of each paint onto my work surface and then painted each color onto the rough side of the Ranger watercolor paper.
Allow each color to overlap just a little for a more cohesive look. And, personally, I like the "brush stroke" look, so that is what I was going for. If you don't like that? Blend it out.
Next, cut a piece of vellum into the shape of a heart. I used vellum for the sole purpose of transparency. I didn't want any cardstock behind the buttons. But do what you want to do, by all means!
Then just started attaching all the lovely buttons. I used Ranger's Multi Medium in Matte to do this because I knew it would hold on tight. I used a block to keep things firm I was glueing.
This particular kit also includes sequins and beads of different sizes. I used those to fill in the gaps as you can see below.
I die-cut the word "love" using Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies Brushstroke Love by Julie Ebersole using glitter paper and adhered it onto a piece of craft foam for extra depth.
To make sure that the heart sticks on to the background REALLY good, doesn't warp, and has a bit of loft I used Thin 3-D Foam Squares. I like these particular ones because they come in two sizes and come in both black and white. And are SUPER strong.
(foam square overload!!)
Then, just to set off the background from the card base, I wanted to create a shiny watercolor strip. So I broke out two colors from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors Watercolor set in Light Gold and White Gold.
Let me tell y'all? These colors are a dream!!! If you don't have them yet? Let me come over and sit down with you for a spell and we can have a little one on one while I look inside your head. Hahha!! Just kiddin'...sort of. ;)
After that piece of lusciousness is dry adhere it behind the background piece. Then attach the whole she-bang to the card base. But NOT before wrapping that piece of ribbon that is also included in that kit from 28 Lilac Lane. (I almost forgot...whoopsie!)
Finish it up with a few extra pearls from the kit.
Here are some close-ups for ya!
Check out those pretty buttons!!!!
Don't you just loooove Julie's sentiment when it's all glittered up?
Do you use buttons when you craft? What's your favorite way to use them? I can't wait to hear!! Thank you so much for joining me today. And I hope you had fun!