Welcome! I finally finished a project that was totally inspired by something I saw on Pinterest. It was the sweetest Christmas tree made of pink buttons, shown here if you have a Pinterest account, or here where it was orginally posted by Tia Bennett onTwo Peas.
Okay, so my tree is green and traditional, but I still had the most fun making it! I bought a styrofoam cone in the floral department of a superstore, but the cone was so crumbly that I knew I needed to cover it before starting to add my buttons. I used some older (2010) 12" x 12" Echo Park Christmas papers from the Everybody Loves Christmas line to cover the cone, making it about 12" tall before I added the star (Spellbinders Stars Five die template).
All buttons are from Papertrey Ink (Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores, and Harvest Gold). Sometimes you get large buttons in a bag; I typically use only small buttons on my cards, so I had quite a few of the large buttons as leftovers from several bags. They were perfect for my tree project! I started with the green buttons, specifically the largest green buttons. I tied string bows or knots in several buttons but knew it would take me a year to finish if I tied them in all of the buttons. . . I glued the green buttons on and saved straight pins for my ornament-buttons. It probably took longer that way, but I wanted the pins to help the ornament buttons to stand out from the greenery buttons.
Of course I couldn't send you away without one more card for the stash too, right? I used a focal image from Papertrey Ink's Tremendous Treats: Christmas set, colored with the following Copic Markers: R20, R24, R29, YG13, and YR21. For the background I used my Copic Airbrush System and BG13, with a Spellbinders Labels Eight die template left in place as my stencil. Sentiment is from PTI's Tiny Treats: Christmas set.
I used a glue pen to add some glitter to the center of the star, and colored the star hanger in with a Buttermilk (pale yellow) Spica Glitter pen. Well, that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. The winner of the Gifted Stamper class was posted just below this post, Tracy J. Congrats to Tracy!