Monday, 25 May 2020

Shirt Card - Perfect for a Fathers' Day Card!

I am the world's worst at getting ahead and planning my card sending.  Those who know me will attest to the fact that I frequently forget all together.  Therefore it is amazing that I am actually here blogging about potential Fathers' Day cards.  Way ahead of the of the curve! least if I remember to send them on time!

This is a fancy fold card that I have been desperate to find the perfect instructions for so that they are as simple as possible and I finally stumbled across a fellow Demonstrator in the United States who, for me at least, got it bang on with her tutorial.  Thanks to her, I finally felt like I knew how to not only make this card, but adapt it further for my own designs.   Hooray!

Rachel Tessman's fantastic video tutorial can be found here if you would like to see it.  It was only filmed last autumn, so features some product that you can still order, but alas some that you cannot anymore.  Fear not, however, because this design is pretty timeless and there is always going to be a pattern of DSP that you will want to fashion your shirt design out of.

One issue I had with the tutorial as it was, however, was that Rachel was working with U.S. letter size paper and inches for her measurements, so for my card I just had to tweak it slightly to make sure that it worked with A4 size paper and that I could convert the measurements into centimetres.

I also wanted to redesign the inside for this one as it just screamed out as a potential gift card holder.  Please excuse the slightly mismatching gift card (the only one I had to hand to demonstrate with) which I think my husband or Dad would be slightly bemused to receive - although this store does have a men's department to be fair and there are already flowers on the shirt, so who's to say what goes!

I used the Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper for my card because the minute I saw this paper in the January-June Mini Catalogue, all I could think of was Hawaiian shirts.  With summer approaching and Father's Day looming even closer I was ready to get busy with this design.

Equally perfect for this card, and still available for the next week before the catalogue closes, is the Country Club DSP.  I know I will be making this fancy fold card again in other guises - the cogs are already turning.  Have you ever made a shirt card?  They are easier then you think so please give it a go!

To ensure you do not miss out on either of these DSP packs, get your order in ASAP before the end of May.  Once this catalogue closes these DSP prints will no longer be available.

If you would like to find out how I made this card myself and how I adapted Rachel's design, watch this video tutorial for full instructions.

Here are the products that I used in this card:

You will need:
1 sheet of A4 printer paper
1 sheet of 6x6" Designer Series Paper
1 easel style card base (10.5cm x length of A4 - scored at 14.8cm)
1 half sheet (A5) of coordinating coloured card stock
scraps or button embellishments for finishing
Glue - I used Tombow multipurpose glue
A bone folder is very useful here!

Product List
Bone Folder

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