Saturday, June 19, 2010


Forget to make a card for your Dad or husband?  I have a card for you that you can make from a half-sheet of Designer Series Paper quick as can be.  Have you ever seen the origami party trick where you fold up a dollar bill into a mini shirt?   Well, using that principal, I designed this Father's Day Hawaiian Shirt Card for hubby.  He loves Hawaii and loves to wear Hawaiian shirts, so I knew it would be perfect for him.  It just took a little time to figure out the right dimensions and folding measurements for a large version, but I got there!  A FREE tutorial follows at the end of the post.  Your finished card will fit in one of our Medium Square Envelopes.  Enjoy!

  • Stamp Sets –  Tropical Party (W #118515 $17.95  C #120081 $13.95), King of the Grill (W #121707 $18.95  C #120066 $14.95), On Your Birthday (#111664, $33.95)
  • Card stock – Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Island Oasis DSP 
  • Ink – Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze (returning July 1), Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Creamy Caramel Classic, Really Rust, Always Artichoke, Green Galore, Only Orange, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Concord Crush (coming July 1) and Chocolate Chip Markers 
  • RibbonLinen Thread (#104199)
  • Accessories Fresh Favorites II Buttons (#107422, $6.95)
  • Punches3/4" Circle (#107217, $10.95)
  • Tools – Brayer, Stampin' Sponges, Post-it Notes, Color Spritzer
HAWAIIAN SHIRT FOLD DIRECTIONS (click on pictures to enlarge):

1.  Cut your designer paper to 6" x 10.5".  Be sure the paper is cut the right way for when it's folded up.

2.  In the portrait position, score your Designer Paper right side up at 1.5" and 4.5".  In the landscape position, score your paper at 4-6/8" and 9-7/8".

3.  With the right side down, fold up the two long sides on their fold lines - they should meet in the middle of the back of the paper.

4.  Turn the paper over and fold the two layers over on the 9-7/8' score line at one end as pictured at right.

5.  Turn paper over again and fold the corners inward so that the top tips just meet in the middle and the outer edge begins folding in approximately 2" from the folded top edge as pictured.

Here is a close-up of the shirt collar:

6.  On the other end, fold the corners outward from about 3" or so down from the top, so that the upper portion is all the way out.  These will be the sleeves.

7.  Fold the sleeve side of the shirt up toward the collar side.

8.  Tuck the shirt front under the collar.

9.  Add buttons and a pocket if desired.  Try a tie for a different look. 

10.  For inside back, I used a piece of cardstock cut to 2-3/4"  x 4-1/8".  Angle the corners to fit inside the shirt collar area.  Stamp, decorate and adhere being sure the piece goes under the collar.

11.  Add a cover piece to the front inside, if desired, for signing or more decoration.


  1. Very cute card! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  2. I love this!! Perfect for my FIL!

  3. This is so neat and thanks for the help to make one..I have seen these card off and on, and wondered how it was done..thanks so much hugs Jan


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