Handmade Father’s Day Card – Guest Post by Katie Shuler
Handmade cards are such a special treat to receive.
This card can really be as simple or as complicated as you would like it to be. It’s a flat card, that won’t open like a traditional card. Only the tie on this one opens.
Cardstock, in assorted colors.
Glue/Adhesive of choice
Stickers, embellisments, etc.
For this card, I choose a solid blue base as the “shirt.” You can choose solids or printed cardstock. I chose a card size that is 6 ¾” wide and 8 ¾” high. You can vary if you desire, depending on envelopes you like or have on hand (You can make your own to fit your card, or you can buy some. Office supply stores carry a wide range of sizes; I usually have pretty good luck finding what I need).
I cut two pieces of this blue cardstock in the same size. I did this to “double up” for sturdiness. Just glue the two pieces together.
Then, make a collar. You can do this freehand, or you can use a cutting system (Cricut, Silhouette, etc). I found that it was just as easy to just draw one out. I chose white, but you can choose to do the collar in the same color as the base of the shirt, or a different color if you want. DON’T glue the collar on yet.
Next comes the tie. You can be as plain, or as crazy/bold/funny as you like. If you have a guy in your life that likes funny ties, then you can really work a piece of his personality into this. This is another one that you can do freehand, or you can use a cutting system. Again, I did this one freehand. Don’t worry about it looking “perfect.” Store bought looks perfect. Handmade doesn’t have to. 😉
I chose red for the base of the tie. I cut two that were the same size, then I cut a third piece, which was just the top portion of the tie. Then I chose a navy color to do the stripes.
Glue the top portion of the two full ties together (remember, just the top portions as you want the tie to open!), then glue that third top-only piece (so it looks like where the tie was tied). Then glue the stripes. There is no right or wrong way to do the tie…it’s all up to you. Once you are happy with the tie, glue it to the card base.
After you have glued down the tie, you can glue the collar on.
Once you have those glued down, you just need to put the finishing touches on the card. Embellish it the way you like and you can write your message on the inside of the tie. If you are giving a gift card as a gift, you can just take a piece of paper in the same color as the base of the tie, glue it on the sides and bottom only, and affix it to the inside of the tie flap. Then just slide the gift card in.
Katie Shuler, a not-so-country girl living in a very-country Georgia small town, has been homeschooling her two boys since 2005. Fortunately, she found an online homeschool curriculum (Time4Learning) that works well for her workbook challenged, computer addicted family.