Contributing Writer: Kelly Griglione
I do love cards with puns, so it was fun to come up with this one for Father’s Day. Just a snip here and a snip there, and you have a cute vest for Dad. It’s so easy!
Why not create a completely customized card for the “Vest” Dads in your life. Does Dad have a favorite tie? Try to duplicate it. Is his closet all the same color? Use that color for the vest. Is he passionate about a favorite sport, like baseball? Cover the tie with baseball stickers/stamps, use a baseball patterned paper, or pick colors from his favorite team. He’ll know for sure you made the card just for him.
So grab some paper, scissors, and letter stamps, and let’s get started!
1. Use the “paper snowflake” principle to make a template for your vest. Fold a piece of copy paper, draw a line for neck and arm holes, cut through both layers, and open.
2. Trace this template onto the front of your card base. Cut the top layer for the neck (the back layer will be the shirt your tie is attached to) and both layers for the arm holes. Also trace the template on the back of your patterned vest paper. Cut. If you have an embossing machine, you can emboss a texture on your vest paper to give added dimension.
3. Slide paper for tie under the vest and draw a tie shape. This way you can get the right proportions, because you can easily see what it will look like through the neck hole. Open card and finish drawing tie shape. Cut. Stamp with textured stamp if desired.
4. Adhere tie and vest to card. You can even use the tie as a gift card holder! Just adhere tie above and below the gift card, and slide the card through.
OPTIONAL: 6. You can stop here, or cut thin strips of paper to make edging on the neck and arm holes. This gives a more realistic and finished look to your card.
Once you’ve made one of these cards, additional ones are really quick to make since you already have the template made. I hope you give these a try!