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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About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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