Thursday, May 29, 2008

All Tied Up!

When I saw this new little Kindred Spirit Dad from Gina K, I was thinking how fun it would be to paper piece his shirt and make a matching shirt and tie to go with it! I'd seen these little origami shirt and ties before but had never tried to make them(well, I made my own version of a tux and collar eons ago, but not the same) Well, check out this great video tutorial from Susannah Boyd! SO simple! So I was able to whip up this matching ensemble in just a couple minutes! (both papers are from the DCVW Spring mat stack), so excited to know how to do this now :) I won't even bother retelling the directions, just grab your paper and go watch! (when you're done reading about my card!)

I was trying to decide whether I wanted to make this for my dad or my kids' dad (DH) because this would change how I colored the people. It was then I noticed the "girl" could be the mom and son or the sister looking on with the brother! (This may have been obvious to everyone but me, but since I had only used it before to make the wallet insert for my father, I'd been thinking of the "girl and boy" as my brother and I growing up, it was just stuck in my head that way.) Once I figured that out, I decided to color them to look like my oldest son and I with my husband(we never give him ties, though*) and kept all the colors within the same palette as the DP's. I pieced the shirt from my scrap and colored the tie to look like the origami, I just love how he's not wearing a tie with the shirt in the image and then it looks like you're seeing the folded ensemble together with the pic of him receiving it earlier, fun and matchy match! :)


I considered putting the family snapshot inside the card so I wouldn't cover up the cute folding, but really wanted it to be on the outside. I also considered having the snapshot hanging off the edge but didn't want to mess with having to make a custom envelope to fit it**! Then I thought about making a huge card out of one folded sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 since I have big envelopes, but I just wasn't liking how much space that left around my shirt and image, even when adding other layers and such. Finally, I decided to just overlap the tie a bit with my stamped image, popped up on dimensionals. That looked pretty good, but it need something else in the corner, besides just the greeting. I decided to make a little sleeve folded over from the extra piece I had from cutting my shirt, and folded up the cuff. (I like how the white edge there echoes the collar and points toward "Dad"). I attached it with dimensionals. Inside I stamped "Thanks for always taking care of us! Happy Father's Day!", also from the Kindred Greetings for Him.



BTW, Susannah gave me a shout out for my Kindred wallet tutorial over at her most excellent blog! Check it out along with some other fab tutorials! :)


* and if we did, he'd never wear this one. (He's got a bajillion plaid shirts, though, similar to this one, all in only slightly varying shades of blue and green...does that sound like your husband??)

** this finished card fits in an A2 envelope

24 comments:

Carol said...

Great Father's Day Card! I've always been fond of the origami shirt and tie, but I love your take on it, with the collar above the cardstock and one sleeve on the front along with the stamped image. Another great idea, TFS!

Shelly said...

Oh, this is so cute and very clever!

virgo5 said...

Melanie I love the way you added the sleeve! Thanks for the link to the tutorial.
Laurie

Jess said...

Oh man, so totally creative! I love this shirt paired with the image!

Michelle said...

Oh my goodness, what a fabulous Father's Day card, so cute & clever indeed!

Kathleen said...

This is such a great idea for a Father's day card---especially with the image on it with the matching shirt! TFS~

texasjodylynn said...

OMG that is SO SO cool!

Debbie said...

This is adorable!! What a great idea.

Barb Schram said...

The is a great card to echo the stamp image! congrats on the shout out!

Jessie/knightrone said...

Super cute card Melanie!!

Barefootstamper said...

Man :D You totally made my entire day -- heck, maybe the week! -- this card is adorable and thanks so much for the plug! I think you sold me on the Father's Day stamps!

Susanna

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

OH that is soooooo cool!!!! What an awesome card for Dads!! Oh the possibilities of color and texture and design!!! Wow!!!

Carolyn King said...

Awesome---love that bg you created! Great that it fits in an a2 envie too..gonna have to try it!

Laurie in MN said...

Susanna Boyds tutorial is much, much simpler than a previous paper shirt tutorial I saw. And it used less paper.

Thank you.

Laurie in MN said...

I had to go back and look at the added sleeve, Virgo mentioned in her post.

Adding a pocket with a vellum pocket protector would be funny.

Tanya said...

How cute is that?! I love it!

Erin... said...

very fun!! What a great idea!!

Expressions of a Creative Mind said...

This is so adorable!

Deb said...

Why can't I be this talented? This is absolutely fabulous!!! Totally love it!!

Pamela Smerker said...

This is so super cute!! I love the plaid and yes it does look like my DH's shirts.
LOVE IT!!!!

Bee said...

Too cool! Love it! Awesome! :-)

Linsey said...

this is absolutely terrific in every way! I love it, Mel! TFS the link to Susannah's blog and tutorial!

Barefootstamper said...

Had to do it! You got a shout out over at Card of the Week.com; you can see the post at http://www.cardoftheweek.com/2008/05/card-of-the-w-4.html

Stampmouse said...

totally cute and thanks for the link