January 1, 2009

Tuxedo Card DEErections

Here are the measurements for my tuxedo card featured here.

In this tutorial, I will be using dark blue lines and areas to show you where you will need to cut and light blue lines to show you were to fold. I realized after the fact that it's not that easy to distinguish the colors in the diagrams. I'm sorry! Hopefully, my explanations will be clear.

1. Start with a card, measuring 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". My card is black and opens with a fold on the left side.

2. Cut a piece of card stock for your tuxedo shirt to fit the front of your card, measuring 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". I will refer to this as layer 1.

3. Cut a slit in the center of the top of layer 1. Your slit should measure 1/2". Then score your card stock at a diagonal that begins at the bottom of the slit to 1" to the left of the slit. Create a similar score on the opposite side. Fold along the score lines. These will create a collar on your shirt.

4. Cut a second piece of card stock the same color as layer 1 to create the button line for your shirt. This piece should measure 5 1/2" x 2 1/8". You will need to cut a corner out of the top left corner of this piece to fit under the collar. Adhere this piece to layer 1, then adhere layer 1 to your card. Once your collar is folded down, you'll be able to see your card peeking through the neck of the shirt.

5. Layer 3 will be the left side of your tuxedo jacket and should measure 5 1/2" x 2 3/8". Score layer 3 with a diagonal that measures 1 1/4" from the right side and 4" from the top, as pictured. Take the 1" Square Punch and punch at a diagonal about 3/8" from the top on the inside of the lapel as pictured. Then fold the lapel down.

6. Cut another piece of card stock for your tuxedo jacket, measuring 5 1/2" x 2 3/8". Repeat step 5 on the opposite side, scoring, punching, and folding the lapel down as pictured below.

7. Adhere both layers 3 and 4 down on your card. For my card, I stamped the lapel with VersaMark and heat embossed it before folding it down and adhering my jacket front. Once you adhere layers 3 and 4, use glue dots to help keep the lapel folded back.

8. Embellish with a bow tie and studs to your shirt as you wish.

If you try out this tutorial, I'd love to see your creations! Please link your tuxedo cards below!

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