My Button Tree Card

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!   🙂

About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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  1. Love the finished product! I haven’t made a button tree (yet), but I”m sure I will soon… I’m always behind the times 😛

  2. That’s adorable…you’re not going to believe it, but I haven’t made a button tree before … but that’s so doggone cute that I will have to now 🙂 I love the faux stitches! It really sets the hills off.

    • Thank you! Now you can see why the initial card I shared with you is so embarrassing. I can’t wait to see your button tree card!

  3. I LOVE that card, Jayma. You could have a sunshine peeking from the top right-most cloud or you could stamp a sentiment at the top-most cloud. The grass on the bottom right also lends itself to receiving a sentiment… but it really is adorable the way it is.

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