Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Father's Day Card Tutorial for Cut At Home!

Hello! Today, for Cut At Home, I have a fun Father's Day card tutorial to share with you!

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I will walk you through this, step-by-step. I will include lots of photos so you can follow along. I also will link you (see below) to a video, where I show how to put this simple & fun card together! I've added a list of the measurements below again, for easy reference. These cards come together very quickly, so let's get started.

Here are the pieces you will need:
Card base. This is a standard A2-sized card. Cut a piece of matching cardstock to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". Score it on the 8 1/2" side at 4 1/4". This will give you your card base. Set that aside, while we work on the rest of the card.
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A mat for the front of your card. This will be the "undershirt" of your card, so be sure to choose a coordinating color to go with your "shirt". I am using white cardstock for demonstration purposes. Cut your mat piece to: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". This will match up with your card base & fit perfectly on top.
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Cut your "shirt" to 5 1/2" x 4 1/2". This is slightly larger than your base piece, because we will be overlapping it slightly. Choose a paper that is double-sided, as you will see the other side, when we roll it down.
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Now take your "shirt" piece, and cut off  1 1/4":
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Now from the narrow strip, the  1 1/4" piece, cut 1/2" off the top of that:
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Here's what it will look like:
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Now we will add our "shirt" piece that we have cut, to our base (undershirt) piece. I have used a brown cardstock for demonstration, in hopes it will be easier to see. Here are the 3 pieces you will need:
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Start with your  1 1/4" narrow piece. Add glue to the left side (once it's flipped) not the right side, as we will be folding that over:
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Adhere down, by aligning it to the left side of your base piece. Keep in mind, you do not want glue on the top right (once adhered) of your  1 1/4" piece.
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We are going to do the same with the larger piece, not adding glue to the part that will be folded, or rolled over. Align this piece to the right side of your card base. This will slightly over-lap our narrow piece:
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Here's what it will look like once adhered down:
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Now roll the larger piece, or the right side piece over,
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and add a little glue to hold it in place:
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Here's what it will look like, once adhered down:
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Do the same for the left side. Keep the "V" section in the same place it is on the other side, so it looks like the shirt is open in the same spot.
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On this side, you want to fold it over, rather than rolling it:
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When you flip over your piece, you will see that cardstock over-hanging. Cut that off, using the base of your card as a guide:
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I've cut mine
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Now glue the left side the same way you've glued your right side. Add a drop of glue in the corner:
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Press it into place:
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Now it's adhered: 
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Your shirt is done! So easy! Now, let's move on to our "Bow Tie". I am using a We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board, for my tie. If you do not have one, please see my video here on how to make one yourself.

For the loop part of the bow tie, on the top piece, you will need a piece of cardstock that coordinates with your shirt, and undershirt cut to 4" x 1":
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A bottom piece 2" x 1":
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Place your top piece (4" x 1") into your punch board at the half-way mark, which is 2":
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Then punch:
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Flip it around and do the opposite side, keeping it at 2":
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End result:
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Now we want to notch each of those four corners. Place your bow in the center of your punch. It's easy to line up:
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Now punch:
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Flip it over, and do the same:
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End result:
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Do the same to the other side, positioning it into the center of your punch:
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Here is what the top portion of your bow should look like:
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For our bottom portion of our bow (2" x 1"). On the 2" side, center that into your punch board at 1", and punch. We are matching this up to our top portion of our bow.
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Flip it over, and do the same for the other side, making sure you are putting it at the 1" mark:
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End result:
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Now to form our bow, a simple trick is to round the top portion of your bow, by breaking the paper fibers, helping it to take on it's shape. You can use the edge of your scissors, or a bone folder, giving it a slight rounded shape:
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Add a drop of glue to the center:
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Fold over both sides to meet in the middle, and match them up in the center. Hold in place, until dry:
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End result: 
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Now add a drop of glue in the center of that, and add that to the bottom portion of our bow tie:
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Here's your finished bow, the only thing left to do is wrap around a piece in the middle to give it a finished look.
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You'll need a matching piece of cardstock, cut to 1/4" x 1". Then wrap that round your bow, and glue into place.
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Now that your bow tie is done, add that to your undershirt, and adhere the entire base piece to your card base, using a strong adhesive. I used Angel Craft Tape. For the card on the right, I've used Graphic 45's Enchanted Forest paper for my shirt.
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I've also added a sentiment. I printed my sentiment from my computer, then using Spellbinders Petite Labels One die I cut a label by running it through my Sizzix Big Shot Machine. I first cut one from black cardstock, then one that is matching the undershirt, that has my sentiment on it. With the black cardstock, I cut that in half horizontally, and placed it behind my beige piece, giving it a slight layer, to help it stand out. I've added two black buttons.
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I hope I've inspired you to make a Father's Day card for that special man in your life. For a video demonstration, and a full list of supplies, please stop by Cut At Home's Blog.

Re-cap of the measurements:
Card Base: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4", giving you an A-2-sized card
Mat piece, your "undershirt": 5 1/2" x 4 1/4", matching the size of your finished card base
"Shirt" piece: 5 1/2" x 4 1/2" on the 4 1/2" side, cut it at 1 1/4", then take 1/2" off the 1 1/4" piece

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