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My Button Tree Card

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What is a “button tree” card, you say?  I’ll explain it like this: it seems that the latest trend is to stamp a tree and to attach different sized buttons to it on the face of a card.  Whether it be Close to My Heart, Paper Crafts magazine, or a sample card in a rubber stamp store, I keep seeing cards with clouds and trees made with buttons.  I love paper with clouds on it and I found some more fun cloud paper when I visited Scattered Pictures in Portland, Oregon last week. Update: they went out of business shortly after I shopped there. 🙁

While I was out of town, I parked my car at a friend’s house and I made this card to thank her.  First, it started off like it was going to be really cute, but then I got stumped.  Should I add smaller trees on the other hill?  Make the clouds look fluffy with Liquid Applique?  Stitch the hills?  Add a “thank you” sentiment, punched out with my favorite Stampin’ Up “modern label” punch?  I hit a creative wall and took it to my Twitter nation.

I sent out a picture of my unfinished card and asked some of my crafty girl friends for some ideas.  They all had very helpful suggestions, and many of them suggested things I was already thinking of doing.  Angie, Christine, Kelly Marie, Jayme, Chelle and Jessica this post is for you!  THANK YOU.

Here is my unfinished card before it was completed:

BORING Unfinished *yawn* Card
BORING Unfinished *yawn* Card


Annnnnnd, here is my completed card – I feel much better about sharing this with you and the recipient:

My Finished "Button Tree" Card
My Finished "Button Tree" Card

I added Liquid Applique to a few clouds, making them extra fluffy.  Then, I used a ZIG Marker to make faux stitches.  I have this adorable new lime green saddle stitch ribbon, so I bunch it up and placed it behind a Stampin’ Up! stamp that was punched out with a Stampin’ Up! label.  The tree is from a CTMH stamp set and I colored it with CTMH markers.  They beaded up on the stamp (probably because it’s new and not “seasoned”) but I really like the effect on the tree trunk – it looks more like a tree to me than a solid brown thing.

Thanks for reading my blog, and if you’ve made a button tree – c’mon, I know you’ve made one – please feel free to share a link in the Comments section below!   🙂

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