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color with buttons


I just really love buttons! My mom helped me pack up my craft area when we moved this past spring and after the umpteenth stash of buttons that she uncovered (besides my Papertrey button collection!) she let me know that I maybe had a problem - what??

I decided to use buttons for this project in a way that I don't normally - as a way to color in the project that I was creating. I pulled out several colors to work in a fall theme and got to work.


And what's more fall than a pumpkin?

When you are thinking about coloring something in with buttons, it's a good idea to think simple and basic. An image that is too intricate isn't going to work. Die cuts are a great starting point and Papertrey Ink has so many to choose from!

I used the Shape Up Series: Pumpkin and Pumpkin Sections die to put my project together. I cut a card base using the fold guide on the Pumpkin die and then cut a whole pumpkin and the sections for a base for my buttons.


Not only is the cardstock going to be a good sturdy base for the buttons, the parts are a perfect guide for placing them.


I first started by laying out the buttons onto the pumpkin sections. Orange Zest and Canyon Clay buttons for the pumpkin body and Ripe Avocado buttons for the pumpkin stem.


You have options for adhering the buttons in place. I used Zip Dry paper glue - my favorite go to liquid glue for paper crafting. You could use your favorite liquid adhesive, glue dots, or even stitch the buttons into place with a needle and thread.


After I got all the buttons glued in place, I let it dry - how cute did this turn out?


I toyed with adding the jack-o-lantern face to the front of the pumpkin, but ultimately decided to keep the pumpkin plain.


I attached the pumpkin to the card base that I had cut with the pumpkin body die and added a kraft tag stamped with a sentiment and leaf from the Falling Leaves set that I tied on with Rustic Jute button twine.


Not only is this a fun and unique card, but it is a fun fall decoration to have on a shelf in you home! And fear not, as many buttons as I used for this project, I still have many left over for my next projects to come ;)


all supplies from Papertrey Ink unless noted

Button Pumpkin Card

stamps: Falling Leaves

ink: True Black, Orange Zest

cardstock: kraft, Orange Zest, Canyon Clay, Simply Chartreuse

other: Ripe Avocado, Orange Zest, Canyon Clay buttons; Shape Up Series: Pumpkin & Pumpkin Sections dies; First Place die; Rustic Jute button twine; Zip Dry paper glue (Beacon Adhesives)