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Button-Down Dress-Shirt Card

Button-Down Dress-Shirt Card
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I made this card for my hair-dresser (or is it hair stylist? hair designer? hair technician?) because she’s the only one who has ever cut my hair without leaving tiny hairs down my back.  I had always brought shirts to change into after my haircut because everyone in the past would leave me with an itchy back full of tiny snips of hair lodged into the fibers of my shirt.  I thought she’d get a kick out of this shirt card I made to say “thanks – you’re awesome!”

Front of my Buttoned Shirt Card
Front of my Buttoned Shirt Card

I started with a standard size card (4.25″ x 5.5″) and then snipped about an inch off the top of the card, leaving a chunk in the middle to attach the shirt collar.

Back of the Collar on my Shirt Card
Back of the Collar on my Shirt Card

Next, I adhered the main part of the shirt (approx. 4.25″ x 4.5″) to the front of the card and cut a strip for the collar.  I believe the strip was about 1″ x 6.5″.  I adhered the back of the collar to the tab I left at the top of the card and curved the collar pieces forward.  After snipping off the excess from one side, I gently laid them down to the shirt with double-sided foam tape.  I should have drawn he stitching on the collar BEFORE I attached it to the card, so if you’re making this card I hope you’ll learn from my mistake.  Drawing the stitching once it was in place was a little tricky.  Then I drew the stitching for the small buttons and attached them with mini glue dots.

Shirt Card: Detail of Collar and Flowers
Shirt Card: Detail of Collar and Flowers

I added a thinner strip of the same paper to run down the front of the shirt and drew the navy blue stitching and button holes and then used glue dots to add the buttons I’d threaded with floss.  Next I cut a pocket and added the stitching.  I glued only three sides down and bubbled up the top a little bit so it would stay open.  Then I grabbed some paper flowers, added stickers to the center that looked like brads and attached green crafting wire to them.  The crafting wire was one 5.5″ piece I snipped and folded like a “V.”  I attached a flower heard to each end, tucked the V into the pocket and adhered the flowers onto the shirt.

Shirt Card: Button & Faux-Stitching Detail
Shirt Card: Button & Faux-Stitching Detail

This shirt could easily be made to look like a Father’s Day card, a Tuxedo, or suit jacket, depending on the paper used.

Another view of My Shirt Card
Another view of My Shirt Card

Thanks for reading my blog – and here’s a picture of my favorite hair stylist opening her card. 🙂

Lisa loved her card! Photo by Dale Chumbley
Lisa loved her card! Photo by Dale Chumbley

 

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