Just for Him!

A few weeks ago, I posted a card on my FaceBook page (Susan’s Garden Club) that I created for my hubby.  The idea was not mine, but a fellow crafter who had posted on Card Making Tips.  However, I did spruce it up a bit with a 3-D flower in the lapel proving that even guys can enjoy flowers!

IMG_3028I received lots of comments, especially asking if this was hard to make.  It is not.  In fact, it took me less than an hour to put everything together, including hand coloring my Garden Notes Carnation with Chameleon Pens!  So, as requested…here is how I put this card together.

LET’S GET STARTED

Step One

The card stock I used is Elizabeth Craft Designs new Colored Soft-Finished; there are 36 colors to choose from.  Today, I used PSF 132/True Blue for the suit.  I trimmed a 12″ x 12″ piece to 6″ x 12″.  With the colored side down on your scoring board, score 3 1/4″ from the right side and 3″ on the left side. (Remember, men’s jackets close left to right!)

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For the shirt, I trimmed an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of 85 lb. Soft Finish Cardstock/White to 5 1/2″ x 7 5/8″.  Score a 1-inch line across the top and fold down (for the collar). Press the score line again to make a smooth fold.  Cut 1 1/4″ from each side and fold the collar to the center.  Trim the shirt shoulders as shown.

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Use ECD’s Clear Double-Sided Tape to adhere the shirt to the inside of the jacket.

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Step Two

The tie is created using Washi paper.  I like using it for two reasons–it folds easily and it looks like a silk tie when finished.  First, the Washi paper is trimmed to a 5″ square.  Fold the square on the diagonal, open up and turn.  Fold again on the opposite diagonal.

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Now, bring the sides together to meet in the middle.  Repeat this step once more.

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Next, fold down the top to meet the folds.

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Then, turn the tie over so the right side is facing you.  Fold down the top, about 1 1/4″ to 1 1/2″, then fold up so you create the “Windsor Knot.”

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Flip the tie back to the wrong side up and fold in the sides once more, angling the fold slightly as shown.

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While holding the knot side, push in the bottom corner to give you the correct angle.  Apply Double Sided Tape to the tie and adhere it between the folds of the collar.

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Just in case this doesn’t make sense, you can go to YouTube under Origami Ties and watch a video…that’s what I did the first time!

Step Three

I folded the lapels on the coat, marking with a pencil, 1 1/4″ in from each side, the right side, 2 1/4″ down and the left side, 3″ down.  I used a straight edge aligned on these points for each side and creased the lapel.  Finally, I used my bone folder to press the folder flatter.

IMG_3052If you like, you can add a top pocket flap.  Trimmed same paper you used for the jacket to 1 1/2″ x 2″.  Fold over to create a pocket that is 3/4″ x 2″.  Fold a 2″ square of the same Washi paper on the diagonal, then bring the two sides together to form the “hankie,” trimming the bottom to fit the pocket.   A couple of strips of Double Sided Tape holds it in place. I also added buttons to my jacket and to help close it, a small piece of Hoop & Loop Tape by Velcro.  Now all you have to do is choose what flower you want in the lapel.  For this jacket, I chose my Garden Notes Hydrangea, but the first one was my new Carnation; so many choices!

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Elizabeth Craft Designs Products

Susan’s Garden/Garden Notes

Hydrangea #994

Carnation # #1191

Els Van de Burgt Studio

Leafy Branch #1033

Colored Soft Finished Cardstock/PSF 132 True Blue

Soft Finished 85 lb. White Cardstock

Double Sided Tape

Beacon’s Kids Choice Adhesive

Other Supplies

Washi Paper

Small buttons