Fun with Origami
For some people, origami is associated with fancy restaurant
wrapped in a swan-shaped piece of aluminum foil, or a football folded
up to be flicked through hands strategically placed like goal-posts.
Paper cranes gently strung from the ceiling... well, you get
the idea. The point is that origami can easily be
incorporated in to your card making projects, as I'm going to show you
with this project.
For this particular card, we're going to create a cute origami shirt
out of a piece of patterned paper.
for this project:
Card Base & Envelope
- Patterned paper
- Layering cardstock
- White cardstock
- Patterned paper cut to 6 inches by 2 5/8 inches
- Black ink pad
- Sentiment stamp (This one is from Stampin' Up!)
your piece of patterned paper long-ways/horizontally. This is
going to give us a fold line to match the ends up to in a moment.
paper color or pattern you see on the outside right now is what you
will see your shirt made of at the end. Choose wisely!
Unfold your first crease, and fold in half again the other way.
again, unfold the crease you just made. (I promise the next fold will
stay.) Now, take one end of the paper and bring it up to the
fold you just made.
Remember the crease mark we made in step 1? We're going to
now fold the top and bottom ends up to that horizontal fold.
you're going to take the left side and gently fold the corners back out
at an angle. This is going to become our shirt sleeves in a
moment when we turn the paper around.
once you flip the paper over, you find that you are not happy with the
angle of your shirt sleeves, feel free to turn it back over and play
with the angles a little bit.
the paper over so the sleeves are facing down, and make a small fold at
the bottom of the paper - maybe a quarter of an inch.
Rotate the paper 180 degrees and fold the corners in to the center of
the paper. This is going to become our shirt collar.
Again, feel free to play around with the folds until you find
an angle you are happy with.
Here's a closer look at the collar folds.
take the bottom part of your paper and bring it all the way up to the
top, sliding it just under your collar folds.
This is your completed origami shirt. Isn't that the coolest
thing? Feel free to add buttons, pockets, pocket protectors
and pens...if desired.
we're going to make some layers to set the shirt on. Grab
your white cardstock and a marker - we're making a faux border stamp.
Using your marker, make dots on all four corners of the cardstock.
Then make dots in the center of each side, then a dot inside
each of those dots, and dots inside each of those dots. The
idea is to create evenly spaced dots all over the edges of the
If you mess up (like I did) just flip it over and start again.
draw a line in between each of your dots. It's a subtle
border, but something to add interest to an otherwise plain white piece
Adhere the white cardstock to a piece of colored cardstock.
Adhere your origami shirt to the white cardstock.
those layers aside for a moment and adhere your larger piece of
patterned paper to your card base.
If you'll notice, the pattern on this piece is the under-side of the
pattern on my shirt. If I had accidentally folded the shirt
with the stripes facing out, then I would have adhered this piece
plaid-side up. Card-making is so flexible!
adhere the shirt layers to your card base. Grab an ink pad
and stamp and add a nice sentiment to your card.
And here's our finished card. I decided this one would make a
nice Father's Day card. It could have
just as easily been a Happy Birthday card. Or you could use a
more feminine looking patterned paper and made it for a female.
It's really quite an adaptable little pattern!