Functional buttons with buttonholes first appeared in the 1200’s in Germany.  With the rise of snug-fitting garments in the 13th and 14th centuries, they became popularly widespread.  Most of us have a button jar tucked in the closet packed full of interesting buttons in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.  This button encouragement card with Caran d’Ache crayons is a great way to use them!

Here’s what you’ll need today:

Remember, it’s the creative process that matters.  This is a very relaxing project.  I was surprised at how “meditative” it is to stick buttons in glue!  You can use any kind of background collage; a coffee filter would probably be great texture!  Also, any type of watercolor or watercolor crayons would work beautifully!

Here’s the drill:

  1. Crinkle up the tissue paper tightly.
  2. Pour matte medium onto the paper. With gloved hands, press the crinkled tissue paper into the matte medium, creating as much texture as possible.
  3. When this is dry, draw your design.  If you don’t like it, wipe it off and start over.
  4. Put a line of thick glue over your design line.
  5. Press buttons firmly into the glue and let this dry completely.
  6. It’s time for gesso!  With an old paintbrush, paint the buttons with gesso and apply a light coat over the collaged area.  Even it out around the buttons since this area is thicker.  This may need to dry for up to 12 hours!  
  7. Spritz your creation with water and color on the Caran d’Ache.  Roll the color around and/or spread it with your fingers.  If necessary, blot the puddles with a paper towel.  It will pool beautifully in the texture!
  8. For the grand finale, spray with glimmer mist.
  9. Write a note, seal, stamp, mail, and smile!

Send a Button Encouragement Card to someone today! Thanks for being part of the Start Somewhere community!  

Button Encouragement Card

Button Encouragement Card