Saturday, 22 December 2012

Button Trees

A little bit of fun with Tatty Button's Button Tree...

"Blue Buttons"

I enjoy working with monochromes. The first card is blue! These were all made by stamping the button tree in black archival and heat-embossing in clear before colouring the buttons with different coloured promarkers. Distress inks are lightly sponged onto the background using torn paper for a mask, giving a cloudy mountains effect. Some real buttons are added to the tree with Pinflair, which is a great, flexible glue for odd-shaped embellishments. Many of the buttons are just cheap, black, plastic ones which have been hand-decorated.

Background papers used are all from magazine freebies, and holographic card is diecut to make the snowflakes, swirls and poinsettias.


Ribbon and a sentiment add the finishing touches.


This last card has some alcohol-inked glossy card for a background. You might recognise it from an earlier project - I had some left over and never throw anything away :-)

Tatty Button Button Tree stamp
Justrite Large Fancy Holiday Sentiments stamps
Spellbinders: Poinsettia, Fancy Framed Tags One, Creat-a-flake Four, Snowflake Pendant 2012,
Metallic Aquamarkers
Distress Ink Pads
Patterned papers from magazine freebies
glossy card
Adirondack alcohol inks
Archival ink, jet black
Stampendous embossing powder, clear detail
Entered for the following challenge:
I Love Promarkers - Anything but square
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Christmas


  1. These are gorgeous Maddy. I love the button tree in all the colours and wonderful detailing. They look like they were great fun to make.

    hugs Sue

  2. This a super idea to use some of all the bottons you have. An idea to remember . Happy christmas

  3. Well if that isn't the coolest thing to do with buttons. Unbelievable monochromatic layouts here and I love that you coordinate the sky in the background too! :)
    Beautiful work on all your Christmas cards.

    Thank you so much for playing along with us at Top Tip Tuesday!
    Lisa xx

  4. Four gorgeous cards thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers good luck Ginny X

  5. Wonderful cards, I love the mix of buttons and colouring on the main images, thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers over Christmas and New Year,
    Ruth x

  6. HEY!!!! There's something not right here! Those trees are straight!!! Completely and utterly straight and perfect. Pfft!! Well, I bet the button tree card you got in the post gave you a creek in your neck, lol. Im a total disaster. These cards are the cards I had in my head when I began making mine.....but sadly the real thing came out looking like a Christmas card made by a 3 year old in play school. But gave you a giggle. These are beautiful Maddy. Lee x


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