Friday, June 17, 2011

Gift Wrapped Father’s Day Shirts

Both of these cards were made using inexpensive Gift Wrap. The craft paper is the reverse of the patterned gift wrap. I’ve had the instructions for both shirts in my files for years and have no idea where I got them.

 This Father's Day card is for my Jim, a wonderful Dad to 5, Papa to 12 and Greatgrand Papa to 3.   I creased my denim paper for a little dimension, pierced a double seam then faux stitched with white gel pen and distressed by sanding the fold for that worn look. I used an origami shirt with some tiny brads for buttons. I believe you can Google this and find several tutorials. I printed the sentiment with Word using a free font called appropriately ‘Rope’. Some Jewelry hemp for a lariat to finish.

This card was made for my friend George’s birthday. The sentiment in the pocket says Celebrate. I pierced the ‘seams’ and faux stitched with a fine tip brown marker. I didn’t have a single button in my stash that would work with this paper so I colored some white buttons with my Sharpie markers. I rather like the tortoise shell effect.

'Cheap Trick' for the day is to look for alternative paper sources. Gift wrap is inexpensive and comes in a large array of colors and patterns. When giving a gift I like to use the same gift wrap on my card as I do to wrap my gift. There are many sources of paper, most of it ends up in the recycle bin but you could give it a longer life by using it on your cards. I find paper in magazines, junk mail, the insides of envelops, calendars and more.
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Have an Amazing Day


  1. Love it! I bought a origami book on my honemoon in hawaii and the first project was an "aloha Shirt" I made tons of those..unfortunatly the projects got progressivly harder and that was the only one I could do LOL! I love the 2nd card too, I think i might CASE that idea!

  2. Gorgeous love the background papers and the image done to perfection......:) Sandra H

  3. Hi Bernie! Somehow I missed this posting :( It's just great and I do have the instructions here, think I bought a kit in Gibraltar about 6 years ago and, although I made some, the finished results weren't anything like as good as your cards - love the denim one especially! And the faux stitching is just perfect - I couldn't do as well with a sewing machine, you little perfectionist :) Hugs, Di xxx

  4. This is too cute! I love the shirt concept. That's amazing! You did a fantastic job with that! Thanks for your visit today too and sweet comments! Hugs!


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