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