This is my FIRST flower and my FIRST button.
I cut the flowers out of an old Precious Moments magazine that I had. If you want to mail your flower on a card then I'd use heavier paper, but this worked pretty well and I will save the card for someone that I don't have to mail it to. If I'm giving a gift to someone then I usually just stick my card in the bag and omit an envelope. I figure they're going to throw the envelope away anyway, so why waste one.
I just happened to have some background paper that matched the flower (I didn't plan it this way.) and I colored the button to match. I also outlined the flowers on the background paper in black so as to match the flower a little better. The background paper was in a 12 x 12 pack from Michaels. I'm sorry, but I don't keep the names of all my papers...I'd have to have another file just for that!
HAND MADE BUTTON TECHNIQUE:
After making the flower, I thought I'd attempt to make a home-made button. I was very pleasantly pleased with how it turned out and now I am VERY EXCITED because now I can always have a button that matches anything I want to put one on. (P. S. These are made out of cardboard, so you cannot put them on your clothes. LOL!)
I hand cut the leaves, inked the edges with black ink and then ran them through my crimper, and then added them to the flower. (Once I hand cut a leaf I am pleased with I save it and use it as a template for the next time. You can make many leaf templates and have them on hand for future use.)
This was sooooo much fun and I hope you all give it a try!
I found the idea on a web site called Jennibellie Studio and here is the address where you'll find how to make the flowers and the buttons: