It is mid month and time once again to reveal the latest art card tutorial for the Just Another Button Company Button Lover’s Club! This month the theme is Lemonade! The button club box includes a fun mix of buttons in the sweetest yellows (one of my favorite colors) and ocean blues. The handmade buttons have wonderful posies and sweet birdies on them. I borrowed a flower shape from one of the buttons for the focus of this month’s art card. I have to say, it is one of my most favorites of all the cards so far!
The project for the art card this month is so quick and simple but one I hope you will love! It is a card and envelope in one with a fun button closure.
Cut one piece of double-sided cardstock weight pattern paper to 5 3/4″ wide by 12″ tall. Cut two pieces of solid cardstock to 5 1/2″ wide by 4 1/4″ tall.
Make two score lines on the pattern paper: one at 3″ from the top and one 4 1/2″ from the bottom. A piece of the solid cardstock should fit in the space in the middle between the folds.
Brush the edges of each piece with brown ink using an ink blending tool.
Place the card so that the smaller folded section is at the top. Fold the bottom up to the middle.
Bring the top flap down on top. This is how the card will fold closed.
Choose two large or medium buttons to adhere to the outside of the card. The button on the top flap will go along the edge of the flap. The button on the bottom flap will go in the middle of the flap and lay just below the top button when the card is closed. You can use a piece of double-sided tape to keep them in place while stitching.
Two of the handmade clay buttons in the back would be really cute here as well!
Use a piercing tool to poke a hole in the cardstock through each button-hole.
Adhere the art card to one piece of the solid cardstock.
Place your buttons on the card as desired. You can use a dot of glue or small piece of double-sided tape to hold them in place for stitching. When your glue is dry, use a piercing tool to poke a hole through the cardstock through each button-hole.
Stitch each button with needle and thread.
Adhere the assembled art card to the center section of the folded card.
Adhere the second piece of cardstock to the lower inside section of the card. Use this area to add a personal message, attach a photo, or add more buttons.
To create the closure, close the card. Tie a loop of decorative thread or floss around the top button. Leave a long tail (as shown to the left).
Pull the thread tight around the button. Trim the short end of the thread at the edge of the top button.
Wrap the long end of the thread in a figure 8 around the buttons to tie the card closed. It is easily opened again by simply unwrapping the thread from around the buttons.
The card can be easy displayed by folding the flaps to the back like a triangle.
I love the extra dimension the buttons add to this card. Since they are the only dimensional element, it really makes them stand out in the design.
Isn’t this one so fun? I love the saying. I always start by looking for a quote that works with the them. When you search for quotes about lemonade, you really only find one- the one about what to do when life gives you lemons… I wanted something sweeter than that (pardon the pun). I found myself thinking about lemonade being only lemons and water until you add the sugar. What a fun way to tell a friend that they make your life sweeter than by saying they are the sugar in your lemonade!
This month’s Button Lover’s Club boxes are shipping NOW! Button Lover’s Club boxes are available through several independent needlework and quilt shops (including The Fat Quarter shop), and in the Just Another Button Company online store. As always, if you love the buttons but can’t commit to the club, you can find all the buttons à la carte at Just Another Button Company.