Friday, 11 March 2016

Merry Monday #195 - Buttons

The current challenge over at Merry Monday is 'Buttons'. At first I thought I was stumped, partly as although I do have some buttons in Christmas colours - the cost of large letter stamps gives me the shudders! Then spotted that Bonnie had made her buttons out of card, remembered a little used SU 'Buttons' Embosslits - and away I went. This was the result:
I used:

- 4.75" x 4.75" square white card blank

- snippet of baby blue pearlescent card for the 'frame', trimmed to size

- snippet of white card for the image, stamped using Memento 'London Fog' ink and a stamp from the Woodware set called 'JGCL535 Bubble Wreath' then trimmed to a tiny bit a smaller than the blue 'frame'

- next, using the SU 'Sweet Buttons' Embosslits die I cut some smallish buttons using snippets of blue, mauve and maroon card

- worked out where I wanted them to sit on the wreath by placing them onto the clear stamps and just moving them round until I was happy - at that point thinking I'd pick out various matching Pro Markers to colour the smaller 'bubbles'

- changed mind and coloured the smaller bubbles pink and glued the 'buttons' 

- hated the pink but not wanting to waste all that work I just coloured over the pink with Silver Wink of Stella

- gave the 'buttons' a coat of clear Wink of Stella 

- die cut the bow using a die from the fabulous Penny Black 'Swirl Wreath' set and 'medium sticky' backed Maroon card snippet and stuck it onto the wreath

Needless to say, the sparkle is lovely in real life!

Di
x

33 comments:

Karenladd said...

Oh Di, this card is wonderful! I never use buttons on my cards because they're so hard to adhere, and bulky. These embossed die cut buttons are the perfect solution and your color combo is perfect. I loved reading about your solution to using colors that turned out not to be what you wanted, and it was all worth it in the end

Mrs A. said...

Dem dere buttons are buttontastic. Hugs Mrs A.

Dr Sonia S V said...

Oooh adorable Di !!
Cheers
Dr Sonia

Jane Willis said...

What a great idea for keeping your cards flattish yet still using buttons. And a super colour scheme too, fab card.
Jane

brenda said...

This is so very different die and very inspirational, I always love a crafty wreath.

You were closer than you realised to the gown gaping, it was only after I'd been across the corridor to the loo twice than a nurse can and showed me there was a side look to pull the cord through to protect the modesty !

B x

Kath said...

I love your card - what a great idea to use card buttons to keep it nice and flat for posting! Great colours too.
Kath x

Aquarius said...

What a great card and well done for keeping the depth down with postage in mind, especially for Christmas time. I have that little embossing gizmo too ... somewhere ... must dig it out for an airing so thanks for reminding me of something in my stash!!

Alison C said...

I love the little buttons and they make such a lovely wreath. I like the colours you landed on too. I always have a few cards marked for local delivery as they are too bulky to post. I try not to make too many though! X

Whisper said...

Oooo what a super idea and i have a very old Sizzix button die, that i have never used, you have inspired me to get it out, thanks, Luv Sam x

Cara said...

What a great idea to use faux buttons! Love the colour scheme, Cara x

Barb said...

This is a fantastic card Di. What a great idea using buttons and I think the silver looks really good. I have this set and inspired by you am going to make some similar as birthday cards. Barbxx

scrAPpamondo said...

Wonderful card, and the idea of the diecuts buttons is just perfect to make a wreath! Love the colours, you have saved all your work so well!

Pat said...

Fantastic Di, I really love this! The colour combination is so pretty too. x

Sandy said...

You are too clever Di. Love this idea. Any card with real buttons is so hard to mail, but this is perfect.

Marcia HIll said...

What a cute, cute card and I love the colors you used! And best of all, it's flat for mailing...yeah for you!! :0)

Pippa said...

What a great idea, love the card buttons. x

fabiola jaques said...

superbe, une des plus belle utilisation des boutons.

Susangail Powell said...

I'm glad you weren't stumped for long - your card is fantastic!!! Love it!!

Rosemary said...

gorgeous wreath!! clever to make your buttons out of cardstock!! (thanks so much for your lovely comment!)

Linda said...

Great job on your button wreath. Just so cute. Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday.

Jean said...

I like the die cut buttons and the colours you used, including the silver.
Jean x

SARN said...

I really like the look of this card Di. Good job you persevered. Great result. xxx

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

hello Di, thanks for your lovely comment and for the embossing tips. I will definitely check them out xx So, I'll return the favour. As for stamping in a line - i have a large papermania acrylic stamping block that has marked white gridlines on it. it makes lining up your letters so much easier.
Fabulous card and such a clever way to use the button die. xxx

Janice Rohde said...

A fabulous idea Di, love the die-cut buttons. I have some Memory Box ones which I love using.
Janice x

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

The is absolutely fabulous Di, I love the colours x

Bonnie said...

Yay for cardstock buttons! Love your wreath and that gorgeous bow! Wish I'd thought to use my WOS on my buttons! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

Greta said...

Beautiful color combo--totally delightful card, Di!

conil said...

LOVE the colors on this card and aren't you the clever one to use card for your adorable buttons. Kudos!

Notes by Nina said...

Love the fun colours, fabulous card. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

Greta said...

Congrats on your HM at MM, Di!

Liz said...

What a clever way of using buttons - love the design. I think I've got an old Sizzix button die, I must dig it out. xx

Sandra H said...

Gorgeous card as always Di your so talented x

Donna said...

Clever idea, Di... using your folder for the buttons. Thankfully I have several button dies. I may have a few 'oddments' that are not my cup of tea but may be yours? Email if interested and I will explain :)