by Judi Kauffman
I’ve been collecting heart-shaped buttons for ages. They’re the perfect accent when it’s time to whip up something for a birthday, anniversary, wedding, or Valentine’s Day. If they’re vintage or valuable, I always hand-sew them to my project so they aren’t damaged and can be removed and reused if the person has something else in mind. However, many of them are inexpensive plastic and those are the ones I reserve for cards. I cut off the shank and use a strong hold adhesive tab to keep them in place.
This card is so easy to customize. Use various shades of pink and lavender, as shown, or pick a different palette to suit the occasion and the taste of the recipient. If you don’t have hearts, switch to feminine round buttons or buttons culled from men’s shirts in a mix of sizes, or add clusters of small paper flowers instead.
Here’s the recipe:
Step 1 – Layer together a Flourished Oval Frame die cut from Pink Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz* with a pair of Happy Birthday (Small) die cuts – one cut from the same Shimmer Sheetz and the second from dark pink cardstock, and a 4.5” long Fitted Oval die cut from light pink cardstock. Layer Happy Birthday with cardstock beneath Shimmer Sheetz, slightly offset for a shadow effect, and use tiny pieces of Xtreme Adhesive Tabs ONLY at the middle so the words curve upward!
Step 2 – Adhere a 4” x 5.25” piece of dark pink cardstock onto a top-fold A2 glittered cardstock card base. (4.25” x 5.5”) Center and adhere the layered oval onto the card front.
Step 3 – Embellish the oval with adhesive-backed gems in three or four colors. Further accent with two clusters of buttons, shanks removed, overlapping as shown.
Step 4 – Optional: Add a brad at each corner. (Brads shown are the same size and in the same color family as the gems.)
*Reminder – Review Els van de Burgt’s video tutorial if you are new to die cutting Shimmer Sheetz. A metal adaptor plate or Big Shot machine with Precision Base Plate is required.
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tabs
Solid color cardstock in light pink and dark pink
Glittered cardstock in dark pink
Eighth-inch brads (4)
Adhesive-backed faceted gems (6)
Heart-shaped buttons (5)
Snips to remove button shanks