Hooray for the middle of the month because it means new button club boxes! The November box is shipping NOW so if you want one you have to act fast! This month the box includes a fun and festive mix of Christmas buttons and of course an exclusive art card designed exclusively for the Just Another Button Company’s Button Lover’s Club!
Each month I share a tutorial showing a quick and easy project with the card that incorporates the buttons from the kit. This month I am sharing a fun Christmas card with a custom background.
You may have noticed, Buffalo Plaid is everywhere this holiday season. It is “the” pattern of the year. Good news, it is super easy to make your own Buffalo Plaid to incorporate in your handmade holiday cards using Gingham Two-Step Stencil.
Begin by laying down a base layer of red ink using an ink blending tool. I used Ranger’s Mixed Media Cardstock for my surface. I love the smooth texture of it, making it great for blending ink.
Place the left half of the stencil on the inked paper. Use an ink blending tool to apply black ink through the stencil.
I like to use a bit of washi tape to hold the stencil in place.
Slide the stencil over and apply ink to paper again through the second set of stripes on the right side of the stencil.
That is it, three easy steps!
Trim the plaid to 6.5″ x 5″. Brush the edges with black ink.
Fold a 8.5″ x 11″ piece of kraft cardstock in half to create a card.
Adhere the plaid piece to the card. Place it in the upper left corner leaving about an 1/8″ border along the top and left edges.
Trim the right and bottom edges leaving about a 1/8″ border. Brush the edges of the kraft card with black ink.
Brush the edges of the art card with black ink.
Cut a piece of vellum so that it is slightly smaller than the plaid paper. Adhere the vellum on top of the plaid layer. The vellum layer is optional. I love the way it softens a background so that the background doesn’t compete the focal layer for the attention.
Adhere the art card on top of the vellum layer.
This month’s card has tons of button possibilities! I chose to put a trio of sprinkles on each side of the cursive line of words. Under the words at the base of the first R, I added the wreath button. There are tons of other options though. I especially love the idea of the holly leaves with the stocking or the bell. I also love the bird perched at the top of the M.
Once you have your buttons selected, place a small spot of glue on each to secure them in place.
When the glue is dry, using a needle or piercing tool to poke a hole through the button holes through the card layers.
Use a needle and thread to sew through each button.
Isn’t that fun? I love how much character and dimension the buttons add to the card. Even after being a part of this fun club for over 6 months, I still marvel at how magical these handmade buttons are!
Don’t forget, this month’s club box is shipping now! If you love the buttons but are hesitant to join the club, you can also get all these buttons individually in the Just Another Button Company shop!