Summer Denim Shorts – Shaped Card

by May Park-

Good evening, all y’all! It’s the last day of July, and it means I have a few more hours left to submit my card to the July gallery challenge at Paper Crafts. I’ve been so frustrated about how to create a differently shaped card ever since I found out July challenge was going on Nina’s blog at the last minute. I couldn’t make it to the submission on her blog because I didn’t have enough time to finish it. Fortunately, I still have a chance to play along with a shaped card at the July gallery challenge.

I was working on iPhone and watermelon shaped cards over the last few days. An iPhone shaped card? Doesn’t it sound so cool? It did take me half a day though to realize it’s not always easy to create a real card even though I had a perfect idea. Plus, the challenge was supposed to make a summer themed card. Eventually the iPhone card didn’t work this time. Then I tried a watermelon shaped card, and I was discouraged after I found that some ladies had already uploaded a few types of watermelon cards on a Flickr gallery. I didn’t want to be the same or even similar to them. I’ve wanted something unique and different that nobody has tried yet.

Then I desperately started to search my house for something to give me an inspiration for summer. That’s how I came up with a denim shorts shaped card. For my sketch, I brought my jean shorts from the closet and put them on my work table, and then I drew the shape of the shorts on a white card stock. Next I inked it with ‘faded jeans’ distress ink and a blending tool. How lucky I am to have a similar color ink pad as my shorts!

Since it’s a card that you’re supposed to write something inside, I made a space for writing. Polka dot panties! After writing a message on panties, you can simply put it inside of the shorts. That’s how my shorts card works. The most challenging part of creating this card was stitching by hand. First, I poked holes with a needle along the lines, and then I stitched with brown thread. It took me almost one hour seriously. Whew… I really hope to get a sewing machine in the near future.

For the sentiment, I cut the paper with a Silhouette SD machine. Then I colored it with a Copic marker and put some Stickles glitter glue on the letters. Since my jeans shorts were kind of boring without any embellishments on them, I added some lace ribbons along the bottom. Do you think it’s more fashionable with girly lace?

For adding an extra bit of interest, I made a unique button with one dime coin and a fancy brad. Lastly, I put one ticket in the pocket. Do you know why I chose a ticket for the last embellishment? I enjoyed wearing my denim shorts a lot while my younger brother visited my place and travelled all over this month. Tickets! Amusement parks, shows, movies, trains and so on. It’s all about something fun, right? Oh, except traffic tickets! 😉 So this card reminds me of happy moments that I spent with my brother this summer.

I’m also entering this card into the Paper Play Time CH#80 and Make It Monday #103. I love the way my card turned out. It’s kind of funny, trendy and so sexy! Of course it would be hard to put in a regular sized envelope. Haha. 😉

By the way, this is my sketch using Paper on the iPad. I hope you get some inspiration from my blog and have a wonderful August. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again.

May Park

Oh, I almost forgot to upload my hubby’s shaped card. He created a hotdog card which is his all-time favorite snack. You know what? He is so proud of himself for making a fun hotdog card with scissors, paper, and Copic markers. Isn’t he so adorable? Haha! 😉 That’s all for today, good night!


  1. Michele F.

    Oh May! I’m so happy our jeans card was featured this morning on Trend Watch!! So, so, so creative!!!

    19 . Sep . 2014
    • Michele F.

      Oops… your card…I wish it were Our card!!! =]

      19 . Sep . 2014
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  3. kate

    Very talented – these paper jeans are a piece of art

    05 . Jan . 2013
  4. sandy :)

    I followed the link from Lisa M. Gratz on being her POTW. Your card is fantastic how original. Love the dime button and the blending looks just like jeans. Your stitching looks great all done by hand clever you. The panties insert is so cute. Well done. Sandy 🙂

    27 . Aug . 2012
  5. loz

    Fantastic shaped card. I saw this on MIM..Loz

    26 . Aug . 2012
  6. Lisa M

    p.s….after deliberating…I just wanted you to know, that your project goes wonderfully with my upcoming card for Make It Monday and I would like to feature you as my pick of the week when the new linky party opens up. Congratulations. You’ll see your card featured on my blog this evening. 🙂
    Lisa xx

    26 . Aug . 2012
    • May Park

      Thanks Lisa, I’m glad to be chosen as your pick of the week.
      Your sweet comments make my day more happy. 😉

      27 . Aug . 2012
  7. Lisa M

    What a hoot! I love the originality of your card here. The jeans look terrific and the insert of panties is terrific. All the lace pulls them together and I can’t believe you hand stitched all that! I know you could have faux stitched with a pen, but the real thread looks SO much better. Nicely done! The dime and brad for a button was a fantastic idea too. Super cute project and so much work, but it paid off. 🙂

    Thank you so much for taking the time to link up your talent and creative ideas with us at Make It Monday!
    Happy Crafting…
    Lisa xx

    26 . Aug . 2012
  8. Julia Vazquez

    I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!
    My entries are: #165, #189, #217, #227 and #228.
    I would love to have you visit my blog!

    26 . Aug . 2012
  9. Marjorie

    Oh my word! This is just beautiful…what a gorgeous creation and so different!…Good luck with your challenge and thank you for sharing such a fun project with us over at Make it Monday this week…..
    You could be in with a chance to win two prizes this week………to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!
    Good luck,
    Marjorie xx

    02 . Aug . 2012
  10. Nadine (Wahinelei)

    Your denim card is so hawt!!! Love it! Fantastic idea for the summer theme. I wish I could fit in those shorts…maybe like twenty summers ago, ha-ha!!

    01 . Aug . 2012
  11. Nina Yang

    This is a masterpiece May! It is truly “something unique and different”! The texture of denim, the hand sew pattern, the lace, the polka dot panties, the glittered letters, the coin under the button and the ticket! Wow! Love every detail about this card!!! It is AMAZING! I think I am looking at the winner of the July Gallery Challenge! Speechlessly speaking, Nina LOL

    31 . Jul . 2012
    • May Park

      Hi Nina. I feel sorry for missing your blog hop! Actually I almost gave up to submit my card to this shaped card challenge because I already exhausted trying to make iPhone shaped card. But you made me to finish my project! Thanks! 😉 Your sweet comments give me a full of confidence. I’m so happy to know you and show my card to you. Have a good night!

      31 . Jul . 2012

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