Happy almost Valentine's Day! In the spirit of love, here's a card for the fellas. Gotta love a man in a suit! I was aiming for dapper. It looks kind of somber in the photo, maybe? It does feel more GQish in person. A tricky card to photograph, but it was SO fun to make.
Hopefully you can see the details. That GQ-lookin' pattern on the shirt & the silver pocket watch charm were both made with a new Innovative Stamp Creation set. ISC just released this great set called "Men of Wisdom." It's perfect for those tricky to make Men's cards, but me also likey that gorgeous graphic pattern for any card.
Tailoring the Suit Jacket:
Step 1) Start with a 6x6 piece of cardstock & mark it at 1 & 3/4 (from the left) on two sides. This is fantastic cardstock by Paper Temptress, called Classic Columns and it has a true rich black. It has raised stripes that make the perfect suit!
Step 2) Score from mark to mark & fold it to create a collar
Step 3) Punch twice with a horizontal slot punch to make button hole. Here's how it should look when you're all punched...
(It's two horizontal slot punches repeated on the ends of each other)
Step 4) pierce along suit & button hole & pocket
Step 5) Stitch the suit. I stitched around the button hole and along the collar. (I didn't stitch the collar down though since I wanted it to sit like a real jacket.) :O)
Making a Patterned Dress Shirt
Step 1) To create a fabric look, I stamped some Grey Basic Gray paper (from the Urban Prairie 6x6 pad) with that yummy ISC stamp: the Men of Wisdom pattern.
Step 2) To get it even more textile-y, I stamped the ISC stamp "Little Specks" (sweet lil' dots) for a fabric weave look. I stamped both in Craft inks (black & white) for a matte look so I had to heat set it. Here's a trick you might like for heat setting safely:
You can use a metal tray to heat set ink with your heat gun. I use a paper piercer to keep bits from flyin' away.
Step 3) Adhere the the shirt to the back of the jacket
Step 4) Cut the pocket to measure 3 and 1/2 inches wide by 3 inches high. Cut a pocket fold strip 1 inch tall by 3 and 1/2 inches wide. Adhere the handkerchief pieces to the back of the Pocket (i faux stitched them first.)
(The pieces for the handkerchief were hand drawn, but if anyone would like a template, just let me know & I'll make one.) :O) There's a little bit at the top of the card that is the next part of the collar too:
Step 5) Add a shadow with a gray marker along the handkerchief
Step 6) Add a strip for the shirt & a shadow along it too
Altering a Button:
Step 1) Cut back off button with wire cutters (so it will lay flat in the button hole)
Step 2) Age the brass. You can colour metal with Copic Markers (they just take a little while to dry.) This brass clashed with my pocket watch, so it's been "aged" with a Black Copic.
Lil' Tip: pliers can make a handy lil' stand for colouring brads or anything that will sit in there. :O)
Step 3) I erased my Copic colouring mistakes with a colourless blender. Then I glued it in the button hole with a generous amount of Crystal Lacquer. and that was it...
3D 'glass' covered Pocket watch tutorial here.
Hope you have a lovely weekend! :O)
You can see some great cards with "Men of Wisdom" here. (There's a gorgeous Antique Car in the set too.)