Tropical Shirt Birthday Card

Today I have a tropical shirt birthday card that is quick and oh so easy to put together. I made this for my husband for his birthday a few days ago. We recently moved to central Florida and every since we have moved here my husband wears these tropical shirts all the time. We laugh because he is retired from the military and you always see retired people wearing tropical shirts, so we always joke that he fits right in with the retired crowd. We also live in a very heavily populated retirement community, so he really does fit right in!

The paper I used for this card is from the Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper pack. This pattern in particular reminded me of a shirt that he wears quite frequently, he even wore it at Thanksgiving this past year! This is a perk of living in a warm climate, you can wear shorts on Thanksgiving, which we really enjoy. We don’t miss bundling up in heavy coats at all!

I have seen this card post around quite a bit and have always wanted to make one, so I knew with the Tropical Oasis DSP that this would be perfect for my husband’s birthday card. This would also be a great Father’s Day card or retirement card.

Read on for picture instructions on how to make this card. I have used white printer paper in the photos so that it is easier for you to see where the seams and score marks are.

Card Recipe:
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Here is your basic template for the card. All of the black lines represent score marks.
1. Start with a piece of paper 6″ x 10 1/2″. Be sure that the pattern on your paper is going in the correct direction when you cut your paper out.
2. In the portrait position, score your Designer Paper at 1 1/2″ and 4 1/2″.  In the landscape position, score your paper at 4 1/2″ and 9 7/8″. (See the template above for the positioning of your score marks)

3. With the right side down (the side you want showing on the front of the shirt), fold up the two long sides on their fold lines. They should meet in the middle of the back of the paper.
4. Flip the paper over and fold the short scored section toward you and burnish with your Bone Folder.
5. Flip the paper over again and fold the corners inward so that the top tips just meet in the middle where the center seam meets as shown in the photo below.
6. On the bottom half, fold the corners outward in a diagonal from about 3″ or so up from the bottom.  These will be the sleeves. See picture below for reference.

7. On the center score mark, fold the sleeve side of the shirt up toward the collar side and then tuck the shirt front under the collar.

8. Now all you have to do is add your buttons and a cute pocket decoration if desired and you’re done! I used Pearl Basic Jewels for the buttons and the Hibiscus Flower from the Tropical Oasis Trinkets. All you have to do is add a bit of Multipurpose Liquid Glue and adhere it to the front of the “shirt”.

I hope you have enjoyed this card, I love how quick and easy it was to put together and I know my husband will love it!

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Stamp Camp To Go – Tropical Oasis Edition
Register by April 30, 2020

Happy Stamping!

4 thoughts on “Tropical Shirt Birthday Card”

  1. I adore this card, Jen! Thank you for the instructions as I plan to make it with my card group once we can be together again in SWFL. AND it is wonderful to be able to wear shorts at Thanksgiving time!

    • Karen, thank you so much for the kind words. I am so glad that this post was helpful and that you are planning to share it with others. I miss my Stamp Camp ladies as well and hope that we will be able to see each other again very soon. Stay safe and thanks for stopping by!


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