Sunday Spotlight: Happy Mail

Happy Mail_5Hello Everyone!

Welcome to another Sunday Spotlight! Today I have a fantastic tutorial for you featuring buttons… I’m sure almost everyone has a stash of buttons laying around the house. I enjoy saving them and using them for great accents on my cards.

Rummaging through my button collection, I soon had a rainbow assortment of buttons; the more variety you can add to this the better! I used a plethora of sizes, textures and styles when choosing my buttons, making sure I had at least one of each color.

Using the Echo Park “Heart” Silhouette Studio file, I cut the heart from some white cardstock and began arranging (and rearranging!) my buttons onto the heart until I liked the placement. With some Glossy Accents, I one-by-one began adhering all the buttons to the heart. Once all my buttons were adhered, I set the heart aside to dry.

Happy Mail_1Moving onto the card base, I started off by stamping “happy mail” from the Simon Says Stamp “Sending Happy Thoughts” set in red pigment ink, and then quickly sprinkling on some clear embossing powder. After heat setting the powder, I then took some brown ink and selectively stamped the “sending you” words from the “Soaring for You” set (also by Simon Says Stamp), to create the rest of the sentiment.

Taking both stamps once again, I stamped them onto a piece of scratch paper and cut around it loosely to create a mask, as I wanted to apply some texture paste to the background, but did not want it to get on my sentiment.  Tacking the mask onto my card base, I took the Simon Says Stamp “Tiny Spaced Hearts” stencil and some Ranger Texture Paste to create the sweet little hearts in the background. They are simply adorable! :)

Happy Mail_6Inside, I stamped a little greeting and scene to really tie the card together. With some selective stamping, I created the “and lots of love” greeting in a dark brown ink. The clouds and hearts are stamped in a light brown pigment ink for a subtle effect.

Now that my button heart was dry, I adhered it to the front of the card, above the sentiment, using dimensional foam adhesive. For some finishing touches, I applied a bit of shimmer to a few select buttons, added some faux stitching around the edges of the card base, and tied some blue baker’s twine around the bottom of my card.

Wouldn’t this make a wonderfully sweet Valentine or hello card?! ❤️ Hope you enjoyed today’s Sunday Spotlight post… See you again soon!

This card is also submitted to Simon Says Stamp’s December 2014 Work it Wednesday challenge.


1 Response

  1. Virginia L. says:

    Way to use all those buttons with this one layer card! I love the simplicity of this design. So glad that you join the fun over Virginia’s View “Clean Slate” Challenge! Happy 2015!

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