Thankful Card

Utilizing basic supplies and everyday items in my crafting, and finding usefulness in even the simplest things is something I enjoy tremendously. With a few beautiful caramel buttons, some ink, and a little creativity I quickly came up with a fun card design that is perfect for any season.

thankful card by May Flaum


  • Buttons Galore Caramel Button Basics (also available at AC Moore stores)
  • green cardstock
  • watercolor paper
  • green watercolor or paint
  • black ink
  • brown ink
  • brown pen
  • gold paint pen or dimensional paint


Thankful card by May Flaum step 1

Step 1: Take a circle object such as a cookie cutter or cup and tap with black ink. “stamp” onto your paper several times, creating a wreath shape. Repeat with brown ink.

Tip: Roll the cookie cutter or disposable cup around instead of stamping flat. This will give you more control of your lines.

Thankful Card by May Flaum step 2Step 2: Use scissors to cut out leaf shapes and color with green watercolor or ink. Place these in three spots along your wreath, and add small caramel buttons as well. At this time you should also cut out a ½” high strip of cardstock for your sentiment, and notch the ends to fit.

Tip: instead of handwriting you could use a computer font or alphabet stamps.

Thankful card by May Flaum for Buttons Galore

Step 3: Add the finishing touches to your card. Ink the edges of the sentiment banner, add some gold paint or ink to highlight the circle shape and around your buttons, and add any other details you would like.

Tip: Want even more: Use a pen to add flourishes and dots, as I did here with a brown pen.

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For over a decade May Flaum has taught classes both at local stores and on-line, worked in all aspects of the paper crafting business from publishing books to managing a local store and worked with top manufacturers. From designing pages and other projects for publication to teaching on-line as well as at local stores – her goal is simple: Inspire creativity while promoting great products and having a good time.

9 Responses to Thankful Card

  1. Shari November 17, 2015 at 3:02 PM #

    What a great card. I love the addition of the buttons, for berries or nuts. Thank you for sharing. ♥

  2. Rhonda Strickland November 17, 2015 at 3:09 PM #

    That is the cutest idea…and I will HAVE to try it!! Thanks May. :o)

  3. Mary Anne Perlmutter November 17, 2015 at 8:44 PM #

    Love this clean and simple card. I hope to create a similar card. Thank you for a great idea.

  4. mmeblaser November 18, 2015 at 2:33 AM #

    Love it ….easy and lovely…thanks for sharing the instructions and supply lists.

  5. Sandy Allnock November 18, 2015 at 12:05 PM #

    So simple and beautiful!

  6. Sharon November 19, 2015 at 8:08 AM #

    Using a disposable cup is brilliant! I love this card!

  7. gabmcann November 20, 2015 at 8:25 AM #

    So beautiful! I love how you made your own “stamp” and leaves!

  8. anja kieboom November 22, 2015 at 4:28 AM #

    i pinned the card which is a lovely inspiration; i might copy it to send to my family for Christmas.

  9. Paulette Elian January 20, 2016 at 8:59 PM #

    Love your card idea. Very simple but pretty. It just goes well together. Thanks for sharing.

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