March 11, 2008 - Buttons

Created: March 14, 2008

Size:  7.75"w x 6.25"h

This week's challenge was to use a buttons. I used to be an avid sewer, so have quite a collection of beautiful buttons. I remember making a gorgeous cream colored card, using a Scor-it to create framed squares and then placing a button within the squares along with some letters as a birthday card. I was tempted to just upload that one which you can view "here", but then said to myself, better make another card... So I made something totally different

I started with Full Spectrum black cardstock, and using the lettering style I learnt this past weekend "Neuland". I mixed up 4 colors of gouache (a red, rose, aqua and light green colors) and sprinkled them generously with gold powder (Neuberg-E-Ebel Deep gold #30) and then wrote the word "Happy" with a #6.0 parallel pen dipping into the gouache while lifting the gold powder. I used a 3.8 parallel pen and the same gouache colors for "birthday" but in an Italic style writing. When dry I sprayed it with workable fixative. The gold powder has an inclination to dust all over the card if you're not careful. I then used my Scor-it (available at Quietfire Design) to make my frame type border and trimmed close to it. Mounted it to glossy black paper leaving a larger border area for more contrast between the different papers. Then mounted it to a red cardstock leaving just a miniscule border, then mounted it to a heavily textured faux snakeskin type paper which I had mounted to my original red cardstock card. I added four black buttons, threading them with a piece of red waxed linen thread and twisting the end on the back so the glue could grip on to something other than plastic.




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