My Button Tree Card

What is a “button tree” card, you say?  I’ll explain it like this: it seems that the latest trend is to stamp a tree and to attach different sized buttons to it on the face of a card.  Whether it be Close to My Heart, Paper Crafts magazine, or a sample card in a rubber stamp store, I keep seeing cards with clouds and trees made with buttons.  I love paper with clouds on it and I found some more fun cloud paper when I visited Scattered Pictures in Portland, Oregon last week. 

While I was out of town, I parked my car at a friend’s house and I made this card to thank her.  First, it started off like it was going to be really cute, but then I got stumped.  Should I add smaller trees on the other hill?  Make the clouds look fluffy with Liquid Applique?  Stitch the hills?  Add a “thank you” sentiment, punched out with my favorite Stampin’ Up “modern label” punch?  I hit a creative wall and took it to my Twitter nation. 

I sent out a picture of my unfinished card and asked some of my crafty girl friends for some ideas.  They all had very helpful suggestions, and many of them suggested things I was already thinking of doing.  Angie, Christine, Kelly Marie, Jayme, Chelle and Jessica this post is for you!  THANK YOU. 

Here is my unfinished card before it was completed: 

BORING Unfinished *yawn* Card

BORING Unfinished *yawn* Card


Annnnnnd, here is my completed card – I feel much better about sharing this with you and the recipient: 

My Finished "Button Tree" Card

My Finished "Button Tree" Card


I added Liquid Applique to a few clouds, making them extra fluffy.  Then, I used a ZIG Marker to make faux stitches.  I have this adorable new lime green saddle stitch ribbon, so I bunch it up and placed it behind a Stampin’ Up! stamp that was punched out with a Stampin’ Up! label.  The tree is from a CTMH stamp set and I colored it with CTMH markers.  They beaded up on the stamp (probably because it’s new and not “seasoned”) but I really like the effect on the tree trunk – it looks more like a tree to me than a solid brown thing. 

Thanks for reading my blog, and if you’ve made a button tree – c’mon, I know you’ve made one – please feel free to share a link in the Comments section below!   🙂


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chelle (hanwayink)
    Jun 09, 2010 @ 17:28:47

    Love the finished product! I haven’t made a button tree (yet), but I”m sure I will soon… I’m always behind the times 😛


  2. Deborah
    Jun 09, 2010 @ 17:31:39

    That’s adorable…you’re not going to believe it, but I haven’t made a button tree before … but that’s so doggone cute that I will have to now 🙂 I love the faux stitches! It really sets the hills off.


  3. Amanda
    Jun 09, 2010 @ 17:56:08

    Adorable! Love it… you crazy creative girl!


  4. Angela
    Jun 09, 2010 @ 18:00:30

    I love the stitching!!! Your card came out Great!


  5. Terry
    Jun 09, 2010 @ 19:09:21

    Very cute!!! Nice work 🙂


  6. Kelly Marie
    Jun 15, 2010 @ 18:59:35

    The card looks great! I love it!


  7. Jayma
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 21:56:56

    I have not made a button tree yet, but I made a rhinestone tree. I still need to add a sentiment or something though…I keep staring at it and it’s missing something. Maybe some kind of sentiment flowing from the right of the tree?


  8. Stephanie Dawson
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 17:44:48

    I LOVE that card, Jayma. You could have a sunshine peeking from the top right-most cloud or you could stamp a sentiment at the top-most cloud. The grass on the bottom right also lends itself to receiving a sentiment… but it really is adorable the way it is.


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