Saturday, March 21, 2009
This week's challenge over at the High Hopes Blog is brought to us by the fabulous Niki Estes! She has called this challenge, "Buttons Galore". And I think that is pretty self-explanatory! So make a project and add buttons to it; you can add just one, or go for the gusto and add a ton! heh-heh. If you want to join the challenge, your name will be entered into a draw at the end of the week to win two High Hopes stamps. Just make your project and post a link to it on the High Hopes blog, that 's all there is to it!
Well, I bought some Sculpey modeling clay the other day and I couldn't wait for a motive to use it on a card! You may have heard of "Fimo". Same stuff, different brand name is all.
I thought it would be fun to make my own buttons for this challenge, and so I did. For any of you who are like, "oh wow, she made her own buttons," that is a joke! Each one took about thirty seconds to make.
It was a matter of; pull a chunk of Sculpey off the block (two seconds), about the size of a cherry pit (sorry, couldn't think of any other descriptive comparison, snort!), knead it for five seconds til its soft, roll it into a ball (four seconds), put it on a scrap paper and squish it down with one finger (three seconds), pick it up and pull a darning needle through it in two places, and spin the needle around a bit to open up the holes a bit more (ten seconds), DONE. Ok, I was wrong, that was only 24 seconds! The heart button took a wee bit longer, but not by much.
I did a whole pile of buttons and followed the package directions for baking so they would harden. To get the two tone colors, I just took a bit of rose red and a bit of white and kneaded them together a little bit, making sure to not over mix so it wouldn't turn pink but leave the nice streaks you see. Easy peasy!
I used Copics on the image and a bit of glitter glue inside each pink flower. I wanted the wood to look pinkish, and so I colored the entire surface of the outhouse, except for the roof and chimney, with pink! I used the brown shades overtop of this. I like the effect!
The sketch is brought to you from this week's sketch challenge over at SCS so I don't take credit for that. I like how it gave the feel of wood panels, esp. from the Basic Grey paper that has a pink wood grain. The other dp with the grey swirly design is from a pack I got at the dollar store, go figure.
That's just white hemp coming out the button holes. I simply wound it tightly around a thin paintbrush handle to get it to spiral out like that.
A close-up of the colored image:
Inside the card:
Copic markers used:
Thanks for dropping by for a visit! Always great to see you here! (heh-heh).
If I can leave you with one thought, it is this;
by the one who IS love
He thinks you are special!
Posted by Crissy Armstrong at 3/21/2009 11:18:00 PM