Monday, January 5, 2009

Primitive Button Tree


Hi. My name is Kim and I'm a texture-aholic! I think I hit a new level of texture with this card! I know that this isn't my usual style, but I gained a whole lot of inspiration from Anna Wight's feltie Christmas Ornaments :) And since the inspiration was from Anna, I thought that I would use one of her stamp sets too! Last week while shopping with my friend, I was convinced to buy a clearance baggie of wooden buttons - I had no idea what I was going to use them for but I knew that I would use them one day...more sooner than later in this case!



Anna's wool felt ornaments remind me of a Christmas in the country with all of the handmade critters. I wanted that feel to my card and this was my approach. I used some recycled warm and natural cotton quit batting for the background of my primitive "tree". I then took some tracing paper and stamped the tree from the new Whipper Snapper set called Hello Neighbor on it and pinned it to my batting. I used some basic embroidery techniques and backstitched the outline of the trunk following my stamped image and then filled it in with crude stitching. I decided not to create the outline of the leaves and used my buttons to create the shapes. After the stitching was all finished I tore out the tracing paper from underneath my image as the stitching perforated it for easy removal :)

I sewed the image to some cardstock to even up the edges and then added some decorative cross stitching once I adhered it to the base of my card. I added the sentiment and distressed the edges before I finished it off with a blanket stitch. This card allowed me to have a taste of something that I haven't done in quite a while... both quilting and embroidery. I was part of both of the local guilds before I had my kids and just never got back into it...then I was bitten by the papercraft bug! The rest is history!


Card Recipe:

Stamps: Whipper Snapper Designs - Hello Neighbor
Paper: PTI White, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Kraft
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Sewing Machine, Warm and Natural Quilt Batting, Wooden Buttons, Emboridery Thread, Needle, Cuttlebug, Dimensionals, Mat Pack, Piercing Tool, Sponges, Craft Knife, Tracing Paper


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20 comments:

Fiona Y said...

this is ab fab, kim! LOVE it, love it :)

Crystal said...

Too cute....I love texture also!!!!
Anyone would love to receive that card.

Crystal

2stampis2b said...

Oooh! I love buttons and texture! Great job! TFS!

Tracey said...

This card is fantastic! Love the button tree!

SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...

Oooooooh WOW!!!
I *love* this!!
You make my heart SING!!

david santos said...

Beautiful!!! Nice idea!!!

Niki Estes said...

Kim, this is wonderful! I love all the texture! I've been looking for wooden buttons. Do you happen to remember where you got them? Thanks so much!

Jennifer said...

Gorgeous! I love the textures and colors. Love it!!!

Kay's Creative Corner said...

Great idea!! BEAUTIFUL card!

Karrie Baker said...

Love this, great job!

Beth M said...

Wow! This is adorable!

purplestamper316 said...

LOVE IT! this is one of those "why didn't I think of that?" moments. Thanks for sharing...

Barb Hardeman said...

Simply put...fabulous!

Creative Mish said...

I'm a button freak so this card really calls to me! I love it!!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Wow, this is so cool!! Love all the stitching!
hugs, jami

Erin K said...

This is fantastic, how fun. :)

Paper in the Works said...

Niki, I tried to find out the company that makes the buttons, but the store where I got them from couldn't remember the name of the craft company that she purchased them from. I bought them on clearance as they were what was left of a bulk buy from the previous year. Sorry!

Joy said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! Kim, this is AMZAING!

Sandra MacLean said...

KIM!!!! I needed an EMT person to come restart my heart after oogling this card!! Those buttons on that felt is amazing!! It positively radiates warmth! Thank you for sharing this.

Shirley said...

How very creative! What a simple and elegant card!