Hugs & Kisses Valentine

Hugs & Kisses Valentine

This week we are going to create an adorable card and learn two ways to sew on a four-hole button. The card should take about 10-15 minutes depending on how well you can sew on a button, so you can easily make more than one.

First up, is the supply list:

 

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  1. A card and envelope, any color, any shape doesn’t matter as long five buttons in a row will fit on it and look good
  2. 5- four hole buttons, various sizes or colors are fine.
  3. Piece of colored card stock. Something to contrast with your buttons
  4. Paper Piercer or small Awl
  5. Needle & Thread
  6. Glue or double sided tape
  7. Scissors for cutting thread
  8. A pair of decorative scissors (optional)

Step 1: Measure your card. I do this to ensure that the piece of colored card stock I cut will fit well on the card. I am using a 4 inch by 5 ½ inch card.

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Step 2: Cut a piece of card stock that is the length of the card and is about a third of the width of the card. Mine will be cut to 2 ¼ inches by 5 1/2 inches.

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Step 3: Lay the buttons in a row on the colored piece of card stock. The buttons need to be laid on the paper, so that the holes in the buttons make a square like two colons (::) in a row.

Important note: You can use a ruler to get the buttons laid out, but remember this is a HOMEMADE card not a Hallmark Card. Perfection is manufactured not homemade. Every little flaw adds character. Don’t get me wrong it should look nice but don’t stress too much over the fact that it may not be exactly straight.

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Step 4: Use a pencil or fine point pen to mark where the holes in the buttons are, so you know where to pierce them.

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Step 5: Pierce through each dot using a paper piercer. If you don’t have a paper piercer or small awl, use a stickpin or a safety pin. This will make the sewing of the buttons much easier.

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Step 6: Thread the needle with a contrasting color from the color of the first button and sew it into place on the card stock using an X pattern. Make sure to go over the X at least three times, so it is easy to see on the button.

Tip: If you are using the same color thread to sew on all of your buttons then move on to step 7    and sew on button number 2. If you want to mix it up a little tie that thread off with a firm knot. Then use a different color thread for the next button. 

Step 7: Sew on the second button using a square shape like an O. Again make sure you go over the threads at least 3 times, so you can really see the O.

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Step 8: Sew on the third button using the X pattern.

Step 9: Sew on the fourth button using the O pattern.

Step 10: Sew on the fifth button using the X pattern. Tie off your thread with a firm knot.

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Step 11: (This step is optional) To add a bit of pizzazz to the card use a pair of decorative scissors to trim around the edges of the card stock.

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Step 12: Glue the piece of card stock in place on the front of the card.

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Now step back and admire how well you did! I call this the Refrigerator Step. Who doesn’t like to stand back and look at their work pinned to the refrigerator? Heck, hang it there. Just so you can see what a good job you did.

Part of creating for others is the pride you take in the work you have done. You feel good about it and those good feelings transfer to the one who receives it. Now take it down and give it to the person you LOVE the most! Start another one for the number 2 in your life.

I would love to see how it goes. Send me a picture!

Three Cards

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and card making I am going to post a few ideas this week on how you can make some quick and easy cards. Next week we will talk about the Top 5 tools you need to create cards on an ongoing basis. Spoiler Alert – A Bone Folder… MUST HAVE…

Talk to you soon!

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4 Comments

  1. Where do you get an awl or paper piecer?

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    • Great Question! You can get a paper piercer at craft shops in the scrapbooking section of the store. An small awl can be find with woodworking, either at a craft store or a home improvement store. When in doubt use a safety pin.

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  2. Carrie, I love the XO cards. What a great idea. The pictures are so beautiful.

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    • Thanks, Lynette! I hope you try it out and let me know how it goes.

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