I love how the blanks turned out. I hammered the edges a bit giving the pieces some extra interest and texture and poked some holes in them with my hole punch. I pulled out some of my small vintage buttons and wired a few on to decorate them. I even got brave and pulled out my letter stamps and tried my hand at the stamping again. Wish I had a lower case set, but for now, these work fine.
I also tried my hand at riveting. (butterfly in lower right corner) My one tip on that is, if you plan on trying it, it works better when you have a really flat surface and a flat metal surface. I tried 4-6 times with several curved brass pieces, and my rivet kept bending when I would hammer it, or the thing just wouldn't work at all and the pieces would pop apart as soon as I was done.
I bought some paints at Michaels, just acrylics.Nothing too expensive or fancy. I knew that I wanted to spruce up the black fastenables and painting them just seemed like the best way.
Pretty paints all in a row...
As you can see below, the flower starting popping right away after the
first few brush stokes of paint...
And below is the final result!
It is a bit more sassy, isn't it!?
I tried a few more while I was at it.
The other day I mentioned trying out a greeting card, and so I put something really simple together. Is it going to win any scrapbooking, paper ephemera awards? NO.
But I just wanted to show that it is a pretty easy craft, and didn't take me that long to put together. Other than the painting the butterfly I mean.
The letters are stickers.
Here is a close up of the butterfly on the paper.
I just shoved the points through the paper but probably should have punched holes first now that I see
how shoddy this looks.
Like I said, it ain't winning any awards.
I just embellished the top of the inside of the card with some Washi tape, and
another Vintaj decorative button.
Overall it turned out cute, and yes I am going to give it to my Momma come May 9th.
If anyone appreciates a good handmade card, it's my Mom. I've been making her cards
since I was a youngin'. I used to sign the back of my cards "Hillmark"
(my maiden name is Hill)
This weekend, I hope to try out my hand at playing with