Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Richard's Bowtie

Here is the card I did for the second challenge I hosted last week on SCS ... the Free for All challenge. Seems there are challenges to do just about EVERYwhere these days ... which his great! Sometimes when the MoJo has taken a hike it is nice to have a sketch or an inspiration photo or an idea to help spark those creative juices, right? What I do find, however, is that many times I am just making a card to fit whatever challenge i may be doing with no recipient in mind. Soooo .... that is where my challenge last week filled in the gaps. "Cards with Character" ... my challenge was to have the crafty peeps make a card with a specific person in mind that head an element or two that directly reflected something about that person's character ... their favorite colors, a hobby, something they collect. For my sample I used my brother in law, Richard, as inspiration.

It was Richard's birthday last week, so I needed something that wouldn't be too girly (you KNOW how I have often lamented that I struggle with the "dude-card" thing, right?). Anywho ... Richard is a bowtie-wearing, riding-a-unicycle-to-work-everyday-come-rain-or-shine lawyer. AND a really amazingly wonderful and fantastic guy. Check this out:

Unicycling Lawyer

A few years back there was a Technique Lover's Challenge on SCS featuring this little origami shirts. They are sooo fun to make. Here is the one I did at the time with teeny-tiny shirts:

Dad's Many Shirts

Here are the basic instructions for making one (as copied from the Resources section on SCS):

If you want to make a smaller shirt that would fit on a normal sized card, use a piece of designer paper measuring 4¼” x 5 ½”.
Step 1 and 2: fold as directed.
Step 3: Fold back the top edge by ½”.
Step 4: Fold the corners in so that the corners meet at the center fold ½” down from the top folded edge.
Step 5: These folds will make the sleeves. Measure up 1 ½” from the bottom of the paper in the center (where the edges of the paper meet). From that point, make the triangles folding outward as shown.
Step 6: Fold the bottom edge up and wedge it under the collar flaps before creasing it. The front of the shirt from the top of the shoulders to the bottom is approximately 2 ¼”.

And for those of you who are VISUAL learners, here's a photo of the step-by-step process ... fun, right?? To change the size of the shirt, just add/subtract from the 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" size listed above in proportionate increments (for example, add/subtract 1/2" from both the width and height.)

That's pretty much it! Be sure to tune back in on the 20th - Thursday (or for those of you who can't wait, the posts should be up by the evening of the 19th) for the Control Freaks Blog Tour. Always fun to see what the Freaks are doing!!

We are hitting the road tomorrow for Disneyland!! YAYHOORAYYIPPEE!! I sooooo need some FUN happening!!Smiley from millan.net

Stamps: Create a Cupcake
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Spice Cake
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Soft Suede Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Small Oval Punch, Word Window Punch, Circle Cutter, Stripes Textured Impressions Folder, Bitty Buttons and Punch, Dimensionals


Hrvatica said...

Fantastic card. I'm going to have to try a shirt. Have fun on your trip.

Bandon, Oregon said...

Wonderful Card and Instructions... You have inspired me to have a go at it.... Thanks so much....

Gisela said...

Geez, that is such a great idea, I will try that also.
Regards from Germany....

Hi, I'm Jen. said...

ok, i'll prob be a little too honest here, but i've never really liked these little shirts...UNTIL I saw this one!!! OMG that bow-tie is to die for! I'm not sure what it is, but this shirt card is Amazing!