I chose different hues of brown for my project. I have to admit it was a little difficult not to add another color to the palette and I did sneak in a little, teeny, tiny, itsy, bitsy, bit of pink. I kept telling myself this was okay because some shades of brown have a pink hue to them, right? Anyway, here's my piece called, "Couture".
I cut the dress form from the Tim Holtz Sewing Room Bigz Die out of one of the sheets of cardstock from Prima's Tales of You and Me Collection.
I wanted my dress form to have a skirt so I hand cut a skirt form from the same Prima card stock collection and sprayed it liberally with water on both sides. This allowed the paper to break down so I could form a skirt.
Very carefully I manipulate the paper and fold it in a fan shape making sure each fold of the skirt is even.
When the skirt is completely dry, I place it over the dress form to see how it fits. You can see the dress form is a bit wider than my skirt.
Instead of making the skirt over again, I trim the dress form down on the sides. This will not show on the final project so it's an easy fix.
To add a little bling to the skirt, I took some sheer ribbon that had shiny thread on both the top and bottom. I folded the ribbon so the bottom thread would lay just below the top thread and sewed that down with my sewing machine. This would be the sash for my dress.
I placed the ribbon just above the skirt on the dress form. The sewing thread shows at this point but it will be covered up with another ribbon element later.
I wanted to give my dress a little touch of whimsy so I cut a butterfly from the Tim Holtz Detailed Butterfly Die. Here is where the little, teeny, tiny, itsy, bitsy, bit of pink came in. I edged the butterfly wings with Spun Sugar Distress Ink using a mini blending tool.
I then edged the wings with Ground Espresso Distress Ink to tone down the pink color.
I cut the butterfly in half with my Tim Holtz Scissors so I could place each wing behind the dress form.
I begin creating my background and cut a frame from Spellbinders Timeless Rectangle Die out of a piece of Simon Says Stamp Dark Chocolate card stock. I then cut out the center of the rectangle with another rectangular die. You can use any rectangle die you have one hand, I used the 2-3/4" x 4" inch pierced rectangle die by My Favorite Things.
I adhered the frame to the center of a 5x7 piece of card stock from Prima's Tales of You and Me Collection and distressed the edges using Prima's Distressing Tool.
I then adhered that to a 6x8 piece of Simon Says Stamp Dark Chocolate card stock and distressed the edges.
I cut my dress form pedestal off to lengthen the form. When I adhered the skirt to the dress form it was crooked, so this fixed that problem as well. I cut out a left and right fanciful flourish from a Cheery Lynn die. You can use Spellbinder's Foliage Flourish for the same look.
I glued all my elements down, added a brown ribbon to the dress and a few paper roses and called this project done!
I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created my "Couture" panel and that you join us this week in all the fun. Add your project to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and you could win a $50 gift voucher to their amazing store. I can't wait to see what you create!
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