The idea for this next sneak peek, FD-03 Neckties, came into my head this past June when it was time to create a Father's Day card...
I had stumbled across across some fairly easy origami shirt directions, and thought what a cute card could be made not only for my dad, but also for all Mark's classroom dads... The trouble was, every button-up type shirt my dad ever wore meant he also wore a tie, and try as I would to cut a tie out freehand, I just couldn't get it to look consistently proportionate, or end up with it being the right length... and so, 'perceived necessity became the mother of invention', and I decided to design a rubber solution. After all, I figured even if no one else liked it, at least I'd have my idea for Father's Day 2010 all ready to roll...
Additional Card Details --
Size: A-2 (4.25" x 5.5")
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, used for stamping, and also for sponge daubering around all the edges.
Print Paper: Shirt (Miss Elizabeth's), Background & Tie (DCWV Old World Stack). FYI - The DCWV Old World paper is great for the neckties because it has extra thickness with almost a cloth-like texture, and also because many of the prints are subtle enough to be used with a print vs. plain shirt.
Other: Brads, Corner Rounder by Carl
More about the origami shirt... You'll notice I said the directions I originally used were 'fairly easy'. Said because I am extremely origami challenged, and meaning if I am able to follow a set of given instructions and have the item end up looking anything like it's supposed to, then it really is an easy project. For the fully illustrated instructions included with FD-03 Neckties, however, I did tweak a few spots in the original to hopefully make things even easier.
Note: Upon completion of my version, Mark and Eli became test subjects, and were given the how to sheet, a piece of paper, and no help. Each of them was able to independently make the shirt on the first try... Yeah!
Now it's YOUR turn:
1) Place a 4" x 6" piece of text-weight paper face down.
2) Bringing wrong sides together fold it in half the long way. Unfold.
3) Fold long edges in toward the middle crease. Edges should meet, but not overlap.
4-A) Fold top corners out at a 30' angle.
4-B) Flip paper over. The parts sticking out are the sleeves.
5) Fold bottom edge up about 1/4". This is the collar.
6-A) Rotate the paper 180'.
6-B) Flip paper over.
7) Fold outer corners of collar in toward the center. This is the neckline.
8-A) Bring the lower edge up (the end with the sleeves), and tuck it under the collar.
8-B) Crease along bottom edge.
9) Stamp the large necktie, or bow tie onto paper of choice. Cut out. Adhere to shirt.
Note: For a smaller shirt that uses the smaller tie, follow these directions with a 3" x 5" piece of paper.
Tomorrow's the day! One more 'peek', and the official release!