Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Well, I finally did it!

I've been saying for years that I needed to start a stamping blog and I'm finally following through with the plan! I'm not sure how active I'll be, but I'm at least going to give it a go.

Today I made a fun card for the sketch challenge at splitcoaststampers with a fun button treatment so I figured that would make for a good first post. I had seen a  beautiful card  by Dina Kowal that features an awesome new technique with buttons and wanted to give it a whirl. It is really simple, but packs a nice WOW factor. You'll need 4-hole buttons and some twine. Dina used a natural twine, but I chose some Baker's twine for my bright colored card today.
You simply cut a length of twine and feed each end through a hole. Start to pull these ends through a ways leaving yourself a generous loop on the opposite side.

Thread both the ends through the loop and pull tight.

 I then laid this against my card stock strip to see what length I'd need for the other side. I cut myself another piece of twine and repeated the process with the other 2 button holes. I then adhered the ends to the back side of my card stock strip.  For this card (which also met a color challenge of Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight and Island Indigo) I chose to cover the 3 white buttons with paper flowers.
You can thread from the front of the button toward the back as in the top left green button, or from back to front as in the bottom right green button.

  Supplies that I used for this card were:
Stamps: Up in the Air by Stampin' Up
Paper: Island Indigo, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade
Ink: Island Indigo
Accessories: Buttons, Baker's Twine, Michael's paper flowers, tag from Christmas card, Word Window, Corner Rounder, and square punches

The Particulars: When I saw today's sketch at splitcoast , I thought I could do a scaled down version with the buttons treatment I already had in mind. My sentiment panel is a piece I stole off a Christmas card. I covered the mid-section with a piece of Limeade with the ends notched using a square punch. I stamped my sentiment in Indigo on Whisper White and used the word window punch. I rounded some corners for added interest. I left off the bottom circle embellishments and top banners since I'd added so much already to the left panel. I was also influenced by the clean lines and shaped tag of Marleygo's card today.