Fishing Vest

by Gloria Plunkett

Create a shaped card for your favorite fisherman!


  • Neutral cardstock (Stampin’ Up!® Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand and Whisper White cardstock used here)
  • Scoring tool
  • Circle punch or dies (2 1/4" circle punch used here)
  • Scissors
  • Embossing folder (optional – Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions used here)
  • Adhesive
  • Ink for sponging (optional – Soft Suede classic ink used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (SU products used here: Gold Foil Sheets, Catch of the Day dies, Gold and Clear Faceted Gems)


  1. Step 1

    Cut a card base to 5 1/2"x8 1/2". Score at 2 1/8” from each side. Fold the sides in to create a gate fold card.

    Optional: emboss the side panels.

  2. Step 2

    To create the v-neck, measure out 3/4" from the fold on each side and make a pencil mark. Measure down 1 1/2" from the corner and make a pencil mark.

  3. Cut between the two marks on both sides.

  4. Step 3

    Use a circle punch (2 1/4" punch used here) or circle/oval die to round the back of the collar.

  5. Step 4

    Use a circle punch (2 1/4" punch used here) or circle/oval die to cut an arm hole on each side of the card, over the fold.

  6. TIP: Use the first cutout as a template for the second cut, so the holes will be uniform.

  7. Step 5

    Measure and mark 3/4" up and over from both bottom corners. Cut away the corners from point to point.

  8. Step 6

    Sponge ink around all the edges of the vest.

  9. Step 7

    Add pockets to the vest front. The pockets in the sample are 1 1/4" squares with the bottom corners cut away and a 1/4"x1 1/4" strip of cardstock along the top.

  10. Step 8

    Embellish the card as desired.

  11. Step 9

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Fishing Vest. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

This is a fabulous card and you do make it seem easy can't wait to try it out. I think the shape can be used for other cards as well. thanks for sharing
Linda from AZ  |  Wed Jul 3, 2019 at 8:13 AM
So clever, love this so much!!
Julie Heyer  |  Wed Jul 3, 2019 at 8:20 AM
This is so darn cute. Thanks for the inspiration. Off to try this. Thank you for sharing.
Jan Zmich  |  Wed Jul 3, 2019 at 8:39 AM
This is so perfect! Thank you so much for sharing and solving my son-in-law card dilemma.
Judy Salone  |  Wed Jul 3, 2019 at 9:40 AM
I would love to make this type of card for one of my nephew's.
Elizabeth Chopin  |  Wed Jul 3, 2019 at 10:14 AM
So cute. What a great idea.
Jane Harrah  |  Wed Jul 3, 2019 at 10:31 AM
Love this. Helpful hint: put the glue at the top of the pocket then add the little piece so you have something to hold onto (bottom of the pocket) when assembling. take care and have a great holiday.
Ginny Pender  |  Wed Jul 3, 2019 at 10:51 AM
Thanks for sharing! My husband is an avid fisherman and I'm going to make this for his birthday this month! So adorable.
Angie Rogers  |  Wed Jul 3, 2019 at 11:18 AM
Thank you for this fun project, and your helpful tutorial! It would be great to make in a camouflage pattern (or blaze orange) for a hunter, either PP, or ink it! (There's a camouflage background tutorial on here somewhere...!) And change up what goes in the pockets!
LizBeth1976  |  Wed Jul 3, 2019 at 1:41 PM
I love this, we have 4 fishermen in the family so far..
2 adults, and 2 teens.

Thank you for this cute card!
Millicent Owen  |  Wed Jul 3, 2019 at 2:08 PM
Very cool card! Thank you 🙂
Lyne  |  Thu Jul 4, 2019 at 5:42 AM
This is so creative, easy and perfect for a guy, especially my brother. Thanks a lot!
Linda  |  Sat Jul 6, 2019 at 6:32 AM
I made this for the fishing guide who took my son and I on a trip on the river. I made a pocket inside to hold our money. Gave it to him after our trip today and he loved it! I added fishing line in one pocket and a swivel on another pocket after I took the picture.
muscrat  |  Wed Jul 10, 2019 at 8:13 PM
Love this card. Looking forward to making it for my great-nephew fisherman! Thanks for sharing.
Miss Kitty  |  Wed Jun 10, 2020 at 8:31 PM

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