I'm so excited to introduce my first tutorial! I'll be showing you in steps, what I did to create a super unique greeting card and envelope with a perfect motif for Father's Day (and other masculine occasions). I'll also be offering the templates I made so that you might recreate this design without all the trial and measuring (booooring).
The materials you'll need to make this design are super accessible. I bet you have all of them:
- 1 8.5"x11" cardstock sheet (I used a 9x12 watercolor sheet)
- 1 4.5"x6.5" mat for inside the card
- 1 small scrap of paper for the tie
- 1 A+ envelope
- Ink and writing utensil
- A scoring utensil
STEP 1: Click on these links to download the SHIRT TEMPLATE and also the TIE TEMPLATE PDF files. Transfer the Collared Shirt Template onto a sheet of paper using a light box. I find it's easier to trace it to the bottom of the sheet, so you're positive to have an absolutely straight bottom edge.
STEP 2: Cut the template along the lines that say cut, and fold along the dotted lines that say fold. It's much easier to fold accurately if you score the line first. Use a bone folder, but if you don't have one (like me) you can use the back of a butter knife, or any dull, straight, sturdy tool. You'll notice one side of the fold over is 0.25" shorter than the opposite. This is ideal for a small overlap when it's folded together
STEP 3: After you've cut and folded, close the gate fold and fold down the collar. You'll need to glue the collar down from the bottom side.
STEP 4: Hold down that collar. This may not be as big of a deal for you, but I used some seriously stiff and dry paper. You'll notice that the collar flares out just barely which I think adds some extra dimension. If you don't have any A+ envelopes (5.5"x7.5"), you can trim the excess flush with the straight edge of the card and use a standard A7 (5.25"x7.25") envelope.
STEP 5: Now that your jacket is assembled, prepare the mat for the inside. Measure 4.5"x6.5" so it fits inside with a 0.25" margin around all sides.
STEP 6: Apply glue liberally as close to all corners as you're willing to get without getting all sticky. I don't recommend Elmer's glue sticks, in my opinion they make paper curl A LOT. Scotch Wrickle-Free Glue Sticks are the best, but I didn't happen to have any at the moment.
STEP 7: Lay your mat inside the area, being careful to achieve an even margin on all sides. I've gotten a pretty good eye for this type of thing after mounting so many envelope liners and place cards and the like. If you need to make marks to get this even, just make them light enough to erase.
STEP 8: You should now have something like this!
STEP 9: Use the tie template downloaded earlier to transfer to a sheet of scrap paper. (I used the same paper as the envelope I chose to tie in (ha. ha.) the tri-tone palette I was working with.)
STEP 10: Cut out your little tie
STEP 11: Decorate your tie! You can get real creative here. There was something really simple and clean about the palette I was working with so I stayed a little conservative. I made this card for Father's Day and since my dad is da man, I wrote "You Da Man", but you can modify your message for whatever occasion you use this design for.
STEP 12: Adhere your tie to the underside of the right collar. It's going to hang off just slightly, so take it easy with the glue. Now you have an awesome little shirt and tie.
STEP 13: Write your message. Since I used a dark stock for my mat, I used Winsor-Newton white calligraphy ink, but you can use gel pens, metallic inks, or any color ink that will look good on the stock you chose.
STEP 14: I wanted to carry the men's fashion motif through to the envelope. It seemed redundant to do a sport coat, a profile head silhouette honestly seemed too complicated to me at the time (1:30a.m.), so I chose shoes and visually, it makes so much sense to me!
You'll need to draw two foot prints. They're kind of like big elongated jelly beans, but separated by a straight line for the heel of the shoe. Draw these in pencil first so that you are happy with the placement. I bled mine off the edge a bit. Make sure these marks will be large enough to write an address inside. Ink them liberally and let them DRY COMPLETELY! I know you're anxious, you've come this far... but. just. wait.
STEP 15: Use one footprint for the return address and one for your recipient. Be creative in fitting the addresses in there. The curvey space makes for a neat typographic dynamic.
VOILA! You've made something totally awesome!
A little back story about creating this design – My family recently went to a wedding of my cousin and his gorgeous fiance (now wife). Me and my brother each put $100 in for the card. I couldn't find a Visa gift card and I didn't have any checks and I find cash really impersonal. Anyway, I was out of time so I folded these two bills into little collared shirts, and one of them had a tie. Conor and my dad thought it was the most novel thing AND IT WAS. There was something so ridiculous and adorable about it, I kept that random solution to impersonal gift giving as used it for this card.
Hope it gets to you by Father's Day Dad (it probably won't). Thanks for bein da man.