Button Card Inspiration



Vintage buttons and button cards have long been a tiny little passion of mine, and seeing an adorable button sampler project done by a friend contributed to me dreaming up this one! There is just something so charming about the attention to detail that was paid to even the backer cards for even a simple 4-pack of buttons back in the day. It is something you just do not see today.  With that inspiration I created this small piece of art for my home.

Using a vintage image from Karen at the Grapics Fairy I  went into Photoshop and fussed with it a bit and added a  ficticious name to add a touch a fanciful reality to my project.  I went so far as to add, EST. 1901 under the company name for just a bit more fun.


I then printed it out on a piece of Artist Transfer Paper and  ironed it onto a piece of muslin. I hunted through my buttons for just the right ones and then stitched them on. Of course then I had to go in search of a frame. It was what I like to call a ~Goldilocks project~.. one was "too small", the other "too large".. and let me tell you I had to do some digging to come up with "just right". Or in this case, "just right enough" since begggars who don't want to drive to Hobbly Lobby can't be choosers.

I added a thin piece of batting to the glass for some dimension and then wrapped the muslin around the glass and secured on the back with some double sticky craft tape and put it back in the frame... easy peasy!

And it now lives very happily on my Vintage Typwriter.. I  think they are a happy match!


I printed out a second iron-on... If you would like it add a comment and I will pick a name midweek!


10 comments:

Nikro said...

I love the way you paired it up with the typewriter. So creative. You were born with a gift!

Claire said...

Pick me, pick meeeeee. These days, I'm pretty much a sucker for anything with a bird on it.

bari said...

That looks adorable.

amy dame said...

oh, it's lovely! i have a deep love for button cards too - i recently picked up a whole bunch of them, and i need to photograph them. i wish my scanner could scan 3D items! the really cool thing is that i have about 8-10 cards that are all the same brand, but each design is slightly different, as they were redesigned to stay "current"!

i've never used artist transfer paper. do you know how it would compare to the usual iron-on transfer paper? it looks like it stands out a bit from the muslin, but maybe i'm imagining that!

i'd love to win the extra, it would be perfect for a mini quilt!

Countrymom said...

Adding the script is the perfect touch! You are so creative. Nice job. I would love to win this.

hissyfit33 said...

This is a gorgeous idea.... Beautiful work! Your so creative

Anonymous said...

Your "button card art" is wonderful. I would love a chance to win the transfer. Thanks for sharing.

Jean of Santa Barbara

Anonymous said...

I love this, you are so talented. I just found Graphic Fairy, and I really want to learn this craft. I would love to win your other transfer to truly inspire me to learn. Thank you so much for sharing. I don't know what is wrong with my Google account I have to check it so I'm sending this Anonymous. LaDonna at: Lsfasig@yahoo.com

Jodie said...

Very elegant. Really love the vintage feel to it. Thanks for a chance at the giveaway.

Jodie said...

Very elegant. I love the vintage look. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.