I shared this today on The Blogger Connection blog for TBC Crafters.

I love to sew and I love dress forms. When I saw this VivaLasVegas stamp (6388), it inspired me. The artwork (card) I created honors the time worn tradition of dressmaking. I design all my cards to be frameable pieces of art for the reciepent. They just need to insert them in an 8 X 10″ frame and hang it to enjoy forever.

Dressmaker Dressmaker Make Me a Dream...Art Card by Rebecca E. Parsons

The artwork is titled: “Dressmaker Dressmaker Make Me a Dream…” It is in honor of my grandmother Annie Niland who taught me how to sew on a Singer tredle sewing machine when I was just a young girl. She had an old dress form in the corner of the sewing room and the bits and pieces in this collage are all reminicient of that time I spent with her.

How I Created This

I stamped the image on a piece of heavy watercolor paper (120 pound) with BRILLIANCE Cosmic Copper pigment ink by Tsuneko. I folded the paper and wet the edges so it would tear easily.

I then tore the paper along the fold line.

I did free-motion stitching with black thread and my sewing machine in an oval shape around the image. This was very random allowing the stitches to show and create texture and depth.

Then I began to collage bits and pieces to accent the image and the theme of dressmaking. I used old pattern tissue, an antique button, an old tape measure, etc. When I was pleased with the arrangement, I glued the pieces down and sewed around them again to secure the tissue. I removed the shank from the button and hot glued it in place.

I then went to work on the background. I had this Vintage Black Harlequin cardstock (no longer available) from The Paper Studio in my stash. It was perfect. I cut and frayed the edges of some cream colored burlap and glued it on the front of the cardstock at an angle.

Next I painted the dress form with Copic markers to add shape and dimension. I used YR04 and YR16. I then glued the artwork to the background. I felt it needed a little bling so I added glitter glue in gold to the base of the form and wrapped some gold pearls around the image and glued them with dots of hot glue. Here is a close up of the art:

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August 29, 2013

Dressmaker Dressmaker Make Me a Dream…Art Card by Rebecca E. Parsons

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  1. Rose Powell

    August 29th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    This is absolutely lovely!

  2. Jamie

    August 29th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Beautiful!! What a way to make it personal!! Pinned & Tweeted!!

  3. Dawn

    August 29th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Very pretty! Love the colors and theme! Pinned and Tweeted!

  4. Rachee

    August 30th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    So pretty and really classy! Love the colors and the look.