Saturday, April 27, 2013

Three Squares with Buttons

Three patterned squares with buttons and stitching.  For the April "Now That's Odd" (odd numbers) lesson in Paula's Operation Write Home Design Bootcamp.  From last month's lesson, I used my "rule of thirds" grid to position the button strip along the right side of the card front. 

While making this, I wondered how often I've used a trio of similar elements on my cards.  "Lots" was the answer, as I looked back through my blog.  I marked the cards with a "trios" label.  To see more, click here (or in the labels list on the right)

Note: the gray is background, not part of the card. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) kraft, summer sunrise (yellow), and stamper's select white, and the bitty dots, stripes, and gingham prints from PTI new leaf (green), enchanted evening (blue), and pure poppy (red) pattern packs.
  • The kraft layer and buttons are edged with E44 Copic marker. 
  • Embroidery floss is DMC white.
  • Buttons are die cut with PTI buttoned up #1 (small and medium buttons).  Squares are diecut with WPlus9 pinking squares (1-1/2")
  • Embossing folder is Lifestyle Crafts diamonds and dots.
  • Sewing thread is Gutermann topstitch thread (similar to Coats and Clark dual duty XP heavy - and not as heavy as "button and carpet").  I just started using this weight for cards, and I like the result better than the normal weight sewing thread.  I do need more practice with my stitching though. 
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (280)

1 comment:

Paula S. said...

Hi Cindy! This card is sweet! It definitely displays the Rule of Thirds at work and I like how you placed the long flag behind them to strengthen the relationship between the 3 pieces. The layering and stitching add beautiful detail too. Thnanks fror joining in the April Bootcamp!