Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A spring card and faux button tutorial

Ready for spring to arrive? So are we!

STM Senior Designer Barb Prendergast  is getting in the spring mode with this cute card. She used the Maggie Holmes collection by Crate Paper in the 6 x 6 pad ($5.99) along with Worldwin cardstock (.59 a sheet) and finished with Creative Imaginations sheer ribbon (.39 a yard). She cut her latticed border with a Martha Stewart by EK Success punch.

Have you ever wondered how Barb gets those buttons that match her projects? She makes them from the scraps from her project! Here's how:


1.  Gather your materials:
     patterned paper scrap
     colored cardstock scrap (I used Worldwin Cascada because it's sturdy)
     additional cardstock scraps (these won't show, so any color will do)
     Pioneer gluestick
     Creative Imaginations sheer ribbon or May Arts sheer natural burlap twine

     Martha Stewart by EK Success circle punch and scalloped circle punch
     Paper piercer, sharp skewer or large darning needle
     Distress Ink by Ranger Industries or ColorBox Cat's Eye Pigment Brush Pad (optional)

2.  Punch a circle from your patterned paper, and a scalloped circle from colored cardstock. Punch one to three circles from  cardstock (these will be used for extra thickness and will not show on your finished button, so any color will do). Ink the outside edge of your button if you wish.

3.  With the gluestick, adhere the patterned paper circle to top of colored cardstock scalloped circle.

4.  Using the paper piercer, needle or skewer, punch two button holes, making sure to go through both layers. You may need to push the piercer through the holes (push down, then come back up through hole) to make them large enough for your twine or ribbon. Make sure button holes are about 3/8 inch apart and centered on your button, so the holes don't rip through when you add the ribbon.

5.  Thread the ribbon through the button holes and tie in bow or knot at the top. Last of all, glue one or more of your remaining cardstock circles onto the back. One will give you a smooth back, which makes adhering to your project easier. Additional circles will add extra dimension to your button so it will really "stand out" on your finished project.

She added one faux button, backed with three thin cardstock circles, to this past project:

She added two buttons, each backed with only one additional cardstock circle for easier mailing, to this little card:

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial for quick and EASY accents using your scraps! Visit Scrap That Moment today for more fun ideas and inspiration from the STM designers.

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