It is almost that magical time of the month when the Just Another Button Company Button Lover’s Club boxes begin shipping! This month the theme is Summer Lovin’. The buttons in the box are the vibrant colors of everything summer. The handmade buttons are some of the cutest you have ever seen, they include summer must-haves like sunglasses and flip-flops and my personal favorite, a jar of fireflies! And of course there is an exclusive art card illustrated by me included to celebrate the monthly theme. This full color printed card is fun to collect and even more fun to craft with! I have a step-by-step tutorial for you today sharing a card I made with this month’s art card.
If you are hearing about the button club for the first time, let me give you a quick introduction. My friends at Just Another Button Company offer a monthly button club that you can sign up for and receive by mail. It is such a fun little box that feels like a present to your self when you open it. Each month the kit includes two different colors of buttons that are hand dyed. They come in a fun mix of shapes and sizes. There is also a theme pack of handmade buttons that are so fun and unique. Each box includes a full-color printed art card that is exclusive to the club and designed to use as is or can be embellished with buttons from the kit. The boxes ship every month on the 15th.
If you need project inspiration for the card, I post a tutorial here each month for quick and easy project that features the art card. You can always find the button club projects by clicking on the button club blog sidebar banner. –>
If you quilt, you will also want to check out the monthly quilt project from Pat Sloan featuring each month’s buttons. You can find those on here blog: Pat Sloan Button Lover’s Club.
Each month when I create the art for the button club, I lay the buttons on my sketch paper and incorporate the buttons as I sketch. I try to draw a piece that can be enjoyed as it is but is even more fun when buttons are attached to it. I also like to create something that works with different buttons in the kit so that you have lots of options. This month there are so many options that you will have a hard time deciding which to use! I fell in love with the citrus slice buttons and just had to use them, but you of course can use others.
Begin by lightly brushing the edges of the card with your favorite brown ink using an ink blending tool. (shown: Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.)
Choose a pattern paper to mat your card on. I used a gingham pattern I created on cardstock using two shades of yellow Distress Ink using my StencilGirl Gingham Two-Step Stencil. If you don’t have a stencil or want a quicker option, a pattern paper in a small gingham print would be super cute! (Pattern paper shown: Simple Stories Bloom & Grow collection- Chin Up Buttercup.)
Use an adhesive runner to attach the art card to the pattern paper.
Trim the pattern paper around the card leaving about 1/4″ border.
Lightly brush the edges of the pattern paper layer with your brown ink using an ink blending tool.
Adhere the card to a piece of coordinating cardstock that 6″ wide x 9 3/8″ long. Fold the cardstock in half slightly above the edge of the pattern paper layer.
Lightly brush the edges of the cardstock layer with your brown ink using an ink blending tool.
Optional- add a line of machine stitching around the edges of the printed card.
Now the fun part, lay different buttons on the card to decide which ones to use. The round buttons from the Smoothie pack are really fun for the center of the sun. The sunglasses are really fun with that big sun…
or maybe a pair of flip-flops…
or tasty fruit slices that are the perfect flavors and colors of summer!
Use a small dot of glue on the back of each button to adhere it in place. Securing it with glue first will make it easier to sew.
When the glue is dry, use a sewing needle to pierce through the layers of paper through the button holes. I like to lay my card on a piece of foam or on a wash cloth so that I can pierce through all the way.
Finish up by stitching thread through all the buttons.Isnt’ this a fun card? I love the way the illustration turned out. It is sun colorful. But as much as I love it, I have to say, the buttons are what make the card so especially fun. And those buttons… look at the detail in the citrus slices. Can you believe it? I’ve seen a bit of how they make these amazing buttons by hand and I still can’t believe it! So incredible!
PS- If you love the buttons but aren’t sure about joining the club, be sure to check out the store at Just Another Button Company– they sell buttons ala carte too!