Using Buttons as
Buttons are no longer just for keeping your shirts and jackets closed -
they have become a popular item for adding dimension and interest to
cards and scrapbook pages. Here is a fun little card that
uses buttons in an interesting way.
for this project:
Simple card base
Red layering Cardstock (5 1/4 x 4)
Smaller white layering cardstock (5 x 3 3/4)
Several small pieces of patterned paper
Strip of green cardstock
Pigment ink pad
Black ink pad
Ribbon - two pieces
First we're going to make a few little hillsides out of patterned
paper. Set the circle cutter to around 2 3/4 inches diameter.
the blade of the cutter at the end of the cardstock - as close to a
corner as you can get it. Cut a semi-circle out of one piece
of patterned paper.
Decrease the diameter of the circle cutter by another 1/4 inch or so
and cut another semi-circle. Decrease the diameter one more
time and cut a third semi-circle.
You will end up
with three different patterned semi-circles, ranging from 2 3/4 inches
wide to 2 1/2 inches wide.
Using your scallop scissors, cut the strip of green cardstock down the
middle. Keep the strip of paper with the positive image (the
one on top here).
Adhere the strip of green cardstock to the white quarter-sheet of
cardstock. Leave enough room at the bottom for your sentiment.
Adhere the first circle, leaving a little bit of a gap between the
patterned paper and the strip of cardstock. Don't worry - the
third semicircle will cover up the gap!
Adhere the second semicircle right up against the green cardstock.
adhere the third semicircle, covering up the gap made earlier.
Now you have your little cluster of hillsides.
a little artistic effect, I used two different ribbons on this card.
Tie the white ribbon around the red ribbon in a knot.
the ribbon around the card, right on top of the seam between the
patterned paper and the green cardstock. This is a handy
little way of keeping those not-so-pretty seams from showing.
Using two-sided tape (not pictured here), adhere the ribbon to the back
of the card.
Ink up your
sentiment image with black ink and stamp it on the bottom of the card.
If you're not using a clear image you can practice a few
times on scratch paper to make sure the image lines up right.
Ink up the balloon image with black ink and stamp it over the hillsides
- leaving enough room for the buttons.
This image and the sentiment are both from Papertrey Ink (which is also
where I saw the idea of using semi-circles of patterned paper as hills
- such a cute idea!) I
love this stamp set because it's made just for using buttons.
You can find any stamp image with a circle and pop a button
over it for the same effect.
Get out your buttons and glue dots. If you don't have glue
dots you can use double-sided tape.
down one button - I started with the middle button because it's easier
than waiting until the other ones are down and having to work around
the other two buttons. So adorable!
white cardstock to the red cardstock. Then adhere all of that
to the card base. Almost done...
Grab your pigment ink and slide the yellow ink out of the holder.
You can just as easily use regular ink, but I love the way the
Prismacolor ink pads pull out for easy inking and I wanted to show you
that little bit of coolness.
Sun all nice and yellow...
sun image in the top left of the card, and then clean off the stamp
before you get ink all over the place (like I normally do).
Here is your
finished card! So cute and it will bring a smile to anyone's