I'd seen a few of these vest type cards on my internet travels and thought it would be a great idea for my Father-In-Law. When I showed an example to my husband he said 'ya that would work but a camo vest would be so much better'...ugh I thought; how am I going to re-create camouflage?? So I pulled out one of my son's jackets as inspiration and went to work. Follow along and I'll show you how.
Stamp sets: Lovely as a Tree
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Soft Suede
Ink: Old Olive, Soft Suede, Early Espresso
Markers: More Mustard, Early Espresso, Old Olive
Accessories: Simply Scored scoring tool, white gel pen, sticky strip, snail, piercing tool, metallic brads
Cut a sheet of Crumb Cake cardstock to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". Score on the landscape side at 2 1/8" and 6 3/8" and fold inward.
While card is folded closed measure 3/4" in along the bottom from the fold line as well as vertically on the fold line and make a light pencil mark. Do this on the bottom of both sides of the card.
Using a square punch or paper cutter, line up mark lines and punch through both layers of paper. Do this on both sides.
Open the card to cut on each flap individually. Line up the two measurements on the paper cutter and cut. Repeat on other side.
Create the armholes using a wide oval punch; cutting through both layers of cardstock. The back portion of the neckline was made with the wide oval punch as well. The bottom center "V" of the vest was made by only cutting through the top of the cardstock measuring in along the bottom 1/4" and vertically 1/4".
Cut pockets from Crumb Cake cardstock. Two pockets were made with a 1 3/8" square punch, with the corners cut on an angle of 1/4". The other two pockets measure 1 1/2" x 1 1/4", with the corners cut on an angle of 1/4".
Lightly sponge Soft Suede on the outside of the vest and 4 pockets (not pictured)
Lightly sponge Early Espresso on top of the Soft Suede on vest and pockets.
Lightly sponge over the previous colors with Old Olive.
Using select stamps from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set randomly stamp images across the vest and pockets (not pictured). In this instance I used the oak leaves, the 2 small leaf stamps, and the upper portion of the evergreen tree. Stamp using More Mustard, Old Olive, and Early Espresso inks.
Next using an Early Espresso marker, randomly draw branches on vest and pockets. After drawing the branches, highlight with a white gel pen.
Cut pocket trim pieces, collar trim, and button flaps from Soft Suede cardstock.
Sizes as follows:
Pocket trim - 2 @ 3/8" x 1 3/8", 2 @ 3/8" x 1 1/2"
Collar trim - cut a rectangle 3/4" x 2". Cut the rectangle in half on the diagonal (corner to corner)
Button flaps - 1/4" x 3/4"
Using Early Espresso ink, sponge edges of all pieces
Assemble card. Pocket trim and collar were glued on with liquid glue (Tombow). Pockets and button flaps were adhered with sticky strip. Two small metallic brads were added to the button flaps using a piercing tool. Faux stitching was added to the pockets with an Early Espresso marker. A small piece of Whisper White cardstock was added inside the card for the sentiment; to make it look like a t-shirt use a wide oval punch to create the neckline.