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Button Greeting Cards Part 2: 14 More Ideas for Handmade Homemade Card Making
My first button greeting card article has been so well received that I decided to create a part 2. Even after I published the first article, I continued to save great button card ideas on Pinterest. I now have lots of new cards to share for this second article. I'm sure that many of you are here because you already craft frequently with buttons and are always on the lookout for new inspiration. If you haven't experimented with buttons before, give it a try. They are inexpensive and have so many possibilities.
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This is one of those ideas that is so awesome that I wish that I'd thought of it. The gumball machine is such a classic, nostalgic image, and the buttons add just the right amount of whimsy to it. Several scrapbook/card supply companies do sell gumball machine templates. Of course you can also create your own. This is a great option for a birthday card or an all-purpose card.
I found a few different examples of cupcake button cards. Some have buttons covering the entire top of the cupcake while others use a single button for a cupcake topper, like a little cherry. There are other fun possibilities for using buttons to decorate cupcakes as well, such as creating a patterned embellishment (stripes, random dots, etc.) on the bottom part of the cupcake. Of course this is another natural choice for birthday cards, but don't let that limit you.
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most effective. Using buttons to create a rainbow is no exception. Create a fun, carefree greeting for a friend or make a set of St. Patrick's Day cards. Feel free to experiment with different colors for your rainbow.
I have created baby cards with buttons for baby carriage wheels before, but I had never thought to use a button for a rattle. Keep it simple with a single rattle or create a handful of them. Of course you can customize the colors for this concept for a boy or a girl or you can keep it gender neutral with a beautiful yellow or green theme.
I presented a few seasonal cards in my first button card article, but I had to revisit this. There are so many fun button cards out there for holidays, particularly Christmas. One of the best parts about the tree design is that you can use it any time during the winter and not strictly at Christmas. Consider winter wedding showers, baby showers, birthdays, and more.
Add a new visual element to one of your classic balloon card designs with buttons. Let a single balloon stand alone or create a colorful bunch of them. Balloons are a perfect choice for birthdays and other celebrations, including graduations and weddings.
In Place of Words
I found this card through Pinterest and cannot find a link to the original post, just the blog. However, the concept is pretty self-explanatory. The Valentine's Day message pictured is a classic, but of course you can customize this any way you like for any occasion.
This butterfly has so much visual appeal with the button middle, toilet paper roll wings, and different patterned papers for the wings. I like the contrasting background paper, too. One option to consider for your butterflies is that butterfly imagery is often paired with messages about flying high, letting your wings soar, the sky's the limit, etc.
I first came across quilt cards when I became interested in sewing with paper. Whether or not you choose to sew your paper quilts (gluing works just fine, too), the buttons add a sweet touch. I've had fun picking out papers for quilts that coordinate with different seasons and holidays.
Ice Cream Cone
This concept is very similar to the cupcake. I could not find a tutorial for this and have provided an example from Etsy instead. The concept is pretty straight forward so you shouldn't have any trouble putting it together on your own. This would be a fun image to use for summer birthday party invitations.
I included one bird example in my first button card article. It didn't include a tutorial, and I've since found several more bird cards with more information. So I'm returning to this idea. All of the bird button cards that I've found are so darn cute. These little guys are great for spring, Mother's Day, and baby showers.
Letter projects are another idea that I'd never even considered before I started using Pinterest. Now it seems like every where I look, I find another idea. These cards are no exception. Personalize a graduation gift card or the gift of a check for a wedding with a letter card and/or envelope.
I couldn't find a full greeting card with the shirt button idea, but you can get the concept from this sweet vintage button card. I found a number of vintage cards similar to this one. You can continue the vintage theme with your own card or modernize the concept. For Father's Day, consider taking the classic dress shirt card idea and add a little extra detail with real buttons. (Check out the shirt example link below. That card is pretty girly, but you can change the colors around for Dad.)
- Button-Down Dress-Shirt Card Cards By Stephanie
- FREE download: Vintage button cards! | Papercraft Inspirations
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This was another concept where I couldn't find a regular greeting card, but it was too cute of an idea not to include. If you know someone who loves bingo, this is a perfect option that can be customized for many different occasions. Again, I found a handful of vintage examples for the bingo card, but you don't necessarily have to carry this theme into your own card. I've included a link below for printable bingo cards on Pinterest.
Tutorial for 3 cards with buttons.
Don't forget to check out Button Greeting Cards Part 1!
- Button Greeting Cards: Ideas for Handmade Homemade Card Making
This article has over ten different button greeting card ideas. These are all free ideas for handmade home card making. There are lots of photos and resources.