Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Father's Day Shirt Card Tutorial

Today was the last day of school for three of my kids.  (Clarice is not in school just yet, but she is officially potty trained now!!!)  I just posted my Father's Day card yesterday and got a few requests for the instructions.  So here it is:

Start with a piece of double-sided paper that measures  5 1/2" x 12".  Score it at 3" and 9" and fold toward the center as shown below.

Somehow I forgot (or deleted?) a photo of the next step.  So just imagine these next two photos in your head.  Score a line one inch from each side.  Then cut a horizontal line 1 3/4" from the top of the card stock.  This cut forms the sleeves.

Next, fold the bottom portion of that score line toward the inside of the "shirt" and keep the sleeves folded out like depicted in the next two photos.

Adhere the folded portions together so that the bottom part of the card stock stays folded down toward the center.

Be sure to add some adhesive inside the sideways "V" on the outer sides of the shirt as shown below.

Next, use a corner rounder punch to round the upper corners of the sleeves and the lower corners of the shirt.  (My corner rounder punch went through all the layers of the designer series paper without a problem.  I'm not sure if it would go through all four layers of heavy weight card stock.)

Next add a piece of neutral colored card stock that measures 3 7/8" x 5 1/2" to the inside of the card to cover up the folds and give you a smooth writing surface. (Oops! I forgot to take a photo of this step, too.)

Next, fold the collar down.  I measured equal distances at the top, about a half inch from the center.  Then I purposefully folded the right side a bit lower. (Had to check one of my husband's shirts to make sure I was folding the collar in the right direction.)

Then use a paper piercing tool and mat pack to pierce holes equally spaced apart, so the brads will be evenly spaced.  (I used the Vintage Trinkets brads.  You could also use buttons.)

This completes the basic card.  When you fold the sleeves in, the dimensions of the card are 4" x 5 1/2."  That will make the card fit into an invitation size envelope.

After this photo was taken I sponged the edges with Pumpkin Pie ink and added a sentiment on the inside.  This card is going to be a Happy Retirement card for my sister's co-worker.

Stamps: none
Paper: Brights Patterns Designer Series Paper pack (Pumpkin Pie)
Ink: none
Accessories: Corner Rounder punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Please let me know if it was helpful to you.

Happy Stamping!

PS - I'm kinda surprised that I completed this tutorial today since the kids were home from school.  So my fears of not being able to blog during the summer may be unfounded.  However, I still have a sink full of dishes to do, LOL!


Shelley said...

Susan, this is great! Thanks for the tutorial.

Paper Potter said...

Oh Susan! Like Mary, you have "chosen the good things" to show us what you love rather than be busy doing lots of things (dishes). This is so great to actually see how to do it before I need it. thank you so much for taking the time. Excellent job of photography and instructions, too!

Paula said...

Susan, Thank you so much for this tutorial! GREAT Father's Day card!!

bensarmom said...

Susan this was an easy tutorial to follow. I made two cards using it and added two different pockets.


Thanks so much!

Chrsitne aka The Stampin' Ninja said...

Susan, I LOVE this card! It's brilliant and I am so appreciative of the tutorial. Unfortunately, I'm a little slow and I can't wrap my brain around the second and third step that you didn't have photos for... When you said to "score a line one inch from each side" which "side" are you referring to? The fold or the cut edge? And the cut horizontal line 1 3/4 from the top of the card stock? I'm so lost... Think you can help this poor stampin' soul? LOL!
Thanks in advance!

Christine aka The Stampin' Ninja

Susan Carlson said...


The one inch score line runs up and down parallel to the vertical fold. Then the cuts are made 1 3/4" down from the top horizontally to form the sleeves. If you look at my second photo again, it may help you to visualize these steps. Hope this helps.


Susan (rainy) said...

This is so clever and cute! And what a great tutorial. Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting on my shirt and tie tutorial, too! I think both of our designs are FABULOUS! lol!!

Margaret said...

Thanks for sharing the steps for this wonderful card! Your comment on summer blogging reminded me of a coffee mug I saw on someone's blog. "A clean home is a sign of a lazy stamper."

redcaboose1717 said...

Fantastic SHIRT card idea ! I am going to try this later today....for a Dad's Day card !
Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful card with everyone !