Dec 30 2007

Cocktail Dress

Published by at 10 36 pm under Miscellaneous Projects

Now this was just a fun, fun project — purely playing around as I have absolutely no use for this card, but it sure was fun to make!!! LOVE doing this type of thing!!! The inspiration piece for yesterday’s Inspiration Challenge at SCS was a cocktail dress, which you can see here. So this is my entry for that challenge, a day late, but that’s OK!!!


I just love this dress!!! So fun!!! It fits a standard business sized envelope. I first made a template by cutting a piece ofscratchcardstock8 wide x 9 1/4 high, scoring in half on the Scor-Pal so the folded card is 4 x 9 1/4 (left side fold). Now, with a pencil I just drew in her curves on the left, folded side of the card only, remembering that the card needs to stay together, so it is still attached at the bustline and from the hipline on down. Then I cut along my pencil lines. Now, to get the other side perfectly the same, I went to the Scor-Pal and scored on 2″, which is the center of my 4″ card. I folded it in 1/2 on the score line, and that gave me a line to follow to cut the right side of the card so that it will be exactly the same as the left side. Using the Large Tag Punch from SU, punch out her neckline at center, top. Remember, this is just my template, so it doesn’t matter that it is scored down the middle. OK, now we begin the real card:

  • Cut Very Vanilla 8 x 9 1/4 and score in half for a 4 x 9 1/4 card with a left side fold.
  • Lay template on top of card and trace shape. Cut card to reflect shape of template.
  • Punch neckline the same as on template.
  • Apply adhesive to card front. Attach dress top paper to top, and dress bottom paper to bottom. Refer to photo below– I am attaching rectangular sheets of paper, they are not yet cut to shape.


On the left you see my template. On the right you are seeing the back of the card with the decorative papers adhered to the front of the card, not yet cut to shape, just adhered.

OK, now take your scissors and cut the DP (which is adhered to the card) to fit the card, which is now very easy as it is attached and you just follow the card lines. Works best with sharp, long bladed scissors, cutting in smooth, long strokes.

The DP used for the dress bottom was the Chocolate Small Leaf by Sandylion and I made the top paper. It is Brushed Gold Metallic which is embossed with a Crackle Texture stamp with Gold Embossing Powder. LOVE that effect — very rich looking.

Then I tied the ribbon just under the bustline which was easy because it can wrap right around to the inside of the card, and I made her purse using the punchout from the neckline. I used a little scrap to make the purse flap. The entire card is DTP’d on the edges with Encore Gold and it shows up and looks really nice IRL, but it barely shows in the photo.

  • Stamps: Crackle Texture by Paper Inspirations
  • Paper: SU Very Vanilla, Brushed Gold Metallic. Chocolate Small Leaf DP by Sandylion.
  • Ink: Versa Mark. Gold Encore.
  • Accessories: Gold Detail Embossing Powder, Oatmeal Ribbon by Offray, Gold Elastic Cord, Gold Brads, Large Tag Punch, Red Sticky Tape (under ribbon), Crafter’s Tool Kit.

That’s it — fun, fun card!!! Try one!!! If you do, post a linkhere so I can see — I LOVE this type of project!!! If anyone’s in the mood for a challenge, please consider this an unofficial challenge to make a shaped dress — could even be a baby or child’s dress — fun stuff!!!

I have another idea for another cocktail dress that I’ll try to do tomorrow, if time permits — so many toys, so little time!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE!!!

28 responses so far

28 Responses to “Cocktail Dress”

  1. Jacque (SCS: Petals) says:

    OMG, this is gorgeous! I’ll be your “no use” recipient for this card if it ever needs to find a new home 😉 Just stunning! Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to see what other cocktail dress you come up with.

  2. Tiffiny says:

    This is too cute! What a fun idea. The top portion of the dress reminds me of taffeta. Nice job!

  3. SmilynStef says:

    Has anyone told you today that you rock … this is absolutely fabulous. Love it.

  4. Kiko says:

    It’s like opening a wonderful surprise gift every time I click on your blog! (You have your own button on my toolbar!) Each visit is such a treat to see what you’ve come up with next. This cocktail dress card is gorgeous. Thanks for so generously sharing your creativity and ideas with us. Happy New Year!!!

  5. JoAnn (sarahzoe) says:

    I’m so glad you had time to play for fun and for yourself and not to get ready for someone else’s party. This is fantastic!!! Love the patterned papers you used and the tag punch for the neckline…very creative. I like the addition of the purse, too. Can’t wait to see what else you have in store. Maybe I’ll try one tomorrow. Did a quick card for Studbo’s blog challenge this morning and then 11 scrapbook pages. I’m really happy to be getting those done again. Happy New Year.

  6. Heather T. says:

    That is so clever, I think I might try one tomorrow myself.

  7. Michelle says:

    Wow!!!! That turned out fabulous, Sharon. What a great take on the inspiration challenge.

  8. Zarna says:

    The top half of the card shape reminds me of a spanner, would be great for a ‘manly’ card lol
    It’s beautiful as a dress though

  9. Joan B says:

    Great birthday card or any day card. you are too clever. thanks for the instructions.

  10. Rose Ann says:

    This is so cute and creative! I love it, Sharon!! Thanks for all of the details!

  11. Faith says:

    What a Cocktail Dress!! This is totality the one….to make…. You are so clever!! Now, if I could just draw…


  12. Lynda Benden says:

    This is fantastic Sharon! So very creative of you ~ I LOVE it!


  13. Jerri Jimenez says:

    Oh Sharon, this is so adorable and I so want to play. Does it have to be a cocktail dress? Can it be vintage? I have commitments today for New Year’s Eve, but I’m going to try to squeeze this in. If not, hopefully, tomorrow. Sounds like lots of fun. Jerri

  14. Dawn (stampinscotsgirl) says:

    OMG! I totally agree with Kiko!!! You are just amazing and so very creative and talented and this dress is just gorgeous. Absolutely beautiful Sharon!! Thank you so much for sharing all the details;)
    Happy New Year!!

  15. lacyquilter says:

    This is wonderful! Love all the special touches. This really does the challenge well.

  16. Debbie (DeborahLynneS) says:

    Wow– what a glam dress, Sharon!!! Leave it to the seamstress in you to come up with such a beauty– and with accessories too!!! Wow!!!

  17. Susan (rainy) says:

    Sharon!! This is so completely adorable! The little gold brads are just perfect as are the ribbon and bow. Love this dress!

  18. Carol Lee says:

    Such a cute idea. I may even give this card a shot if time permits. Thank you for sharing. Everything you create is such an inspiration.

    Carol Lee

  19. Jerri Jimenez says:

    Hey Sharon, my card is uploaded. It’s more a Cinderella (fairy tale) dress than vintage.

    This is Sharon, popping in here to edit this comment — you girls MUST check out this dress Jerri did!!! Amazing — here is the link:

  20. gayle m says:

    what a great card!! Thank you for the directions!! I can think of so many ways to use this!! ok now for the question!! You said “DTP’d on the edges with Encore Gold” raking my brain here to figure our DTP’d but no luck. I am sure as soon as I find out i will have to slap my forehead with a “duh”

  21. Sharon says:

    Wonderful! I want to wish you and yours all the best in 2008. I want to thank you for your generosity in sharing your talent with us. You give us so many details and so much inspiration. Thanks.

  22. leslierich says:

    Oh, this is so very clever and fun! I love that you used the tag punch for the neckline! Exceptionally clever! Beautiful papers and I LOVE the little purse! I’m so happy that you just had yourself some plain old fun with this!!

  23. cheryl moody says:

    great girlfriend card! You are so creative!

  24. nancy littrell says:

    OMG…..wouldn’t this card make you smile and go…….OMG!!!! TFS

  25. Kay says:

    This could just knock me over with a FEATHER! How do you come up with all this brilliant stuff!!! Super Fantastic, Sharon!!!

  26. Elizabeth says:

    Stop the presses….and check out that card! I am so glad I found your blog. Your style rocks! Awesome, awesome, awesome!

  27. Hi,
    I read your many blogs, all are amazing and it shows that you have put a lot of time on them. Making this dress is fun. Ill try this for sure because I just love this. Thanks a lot for sharing and keep up the good work.

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  28. very interesting and knowledgeable information, thanks for sharing it…..:)

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