Tuesday 29 October 2013

'Charming' Silver, Black & White Christmas Dress Card

Hello Blog Friends, I hope you like today's card, 'Charming' Black and White Christmas Dress Card! I always struggle with monochrome cards but I have to say, I am quite pleased with this one - let me know if you agree?
Charming Black & White Christmas Dress & Mannequin Card
Card Recipe:
Tools: Tonic StudiosMannequin Tag Die Set; Tres Belle Base Die Set; Domed Windows Die Set, Free Christmas Tree Die, Grand Calibur
Colouring Mediums: Versafine Ink Pad, Distress Ink Pads, Versamark, WOW embossing powder
Paper and Card: Stardream, Pearlescent White, Flocked Card, Velvet Paper
Embellishments: Organza Flocked Sheer, silver-tone Christmas Charms, rhinestone crystals, 3mm double satin ribbon.
It's our new challenge over at an Oldie But A Goodie and this fortnight the theme (picked by Natali) is 'Charming - use a Charm'.  Now whilst the inspiration for this card came from my brand new Tonic Die Sets (Tres Belle Square and Mannequin Tag), all the elements actually on my card are well and truly over 6 months old!  So, if you have lots (or even a little) old stash to use up, come on over to an Oldie But a Goodie and join in with this fortnight's theme with a chance to win a lovely prize.  So let's have a closer look at some of the elements on this card....
As soon as I got my Tonic Studios Mannequin Tag Die Set, I knew I wanted to make a dress card.  I started this card with the intention of making a dress-shop window with the dress behind the window.  However, once made, my dress was so full, it needed to go in-front of the window, so the whole concept of the card changed.

I made the dress by die-cutting 3 circles of a gorgeous swirl-flocked organza sheer fabric.  The circles were layered and gathered together to form the dress skirt.  I made the bodice by tracing around the bodice of the mannequin die and cutting it out before covering the top in a double layer of organza.  I stuck the skirt to the bottom half and used a narrow strip of double satin ribbon to hide the join.  A few rhinestone crystals added some bling for Christmas!
There were three stages to creating the stamped window scene.  Firstly, I wanted the effect of falling snow, which I did by tapping the end of a brush in Versamark Ink and tapping this onto my stamping card, before heat-embossing with opaque white embosssing powder. I then punched out a circle mask and coloured the rest of my stamping card with Black Soot Distress Ink. Finally, I removed the mask and stamped my Santa with Flying Reindeer in Versafine Black Ink.

I die-cut my window from white cardstock and backed it with an offcut of acetate (from some packaging heading for the bin!), before lining up my Christmas Sky scene behind it.

On this occasion, I've inlaid the window into my background card, it adds a stage to making your card but gives a more realistic finish.

Isn't the little stocking charm just so sweet?  But not as sweet as my Christmas Tree die cut - and that's because this die came for free (and there's nothing better than free) with a card-making magazine!

My photography doesn't really show this to well (apologies) but the damask background has been created from my new Tres Belle Square Dies, cutting a layer of black velvet paper and backing it with white pearlescent card.  

A second silver-tone charm, this time a pretty snowflake, adds to the 'Charming' theme over at an Oldie but a Goodie, do pop over and join in with this fortnight's challenge, they are always great fun and the perfect excuse to dig out old stash to use up.

So here's one final look at my card
This card was showcased in the following challenge:
Die-Cuttin Divas - Anything Goes Pin It Now!


  1. It's a fab monochrome card. Looks really touchy feely!! x

  2. Oh My! LOving the little scene you've created! and such an awesome dress!! Thank you soooo much for joining us this week at Tammy's Scrapin Corner.

  3. This is so pretty, I love the dress.
    Thank you for playing along in the LEJ Designs challenge, good luck x

  4. Gorgeous card D:-) Love the wonderful background and Arch. The sleigh across the moon looks wonderful

    Thank you for join us us at Craft Room Challenge this fortnight

    Annie x

  5. Fabulous black and white card Dips, I love all the details. Thank you so much for joining us at Allsorts for our Treemendous challenge x

  6. Wow! Wow! Wow!! This is incredible! You did a fabulous job with this! So creative. Love Santa and his reindeer out the window. So gorgeous! I am in Awe!!! All those awesome embellishments. Great job!!

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful creation with us at Tammy’s Scrapin Corner. I am your newest follower and would love to have you follow my blog also.

    I would like for you to join me for a chance to win FREE candy on my blog. Have a wonderful week! Hope to see you again next week. Hugs, Gloria DT


  7. What a super take on my Treemendous theme at Allsorts, thanks so much for joining in.

    B x

  8. Hi Dips. Wow, this is a fantastic monochromatic card! The damask background must have heaps of texture! And the dress gives a great party atmosphere for the xmas season. A great card.
    Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Dot x

  9. This is a fabulous card, love the little scene you've created behind the window die.
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
    Avril x

  10. Hi Dips, I love this. The Santa with flying reindeer stamp looks fab in behind the window (me wants it!!) and the dress form is great. Thanks for joining in with us at Stamping Sensations this month. Maddy x

  11. Wow! This is amazing! Love the dress you made and all the intricate die cuts you have used. It looks stunning. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful card with us at Stamping Sensation.
    Eret x

  12. Beautiful card ! Love the window scene and the dress is gorgeous ! Thanks for joining us at FSC. Sue C x

  13. WOW - stunning from the color choices to the fun dress. Love this. Thanks for playing at DCD

  14. A stunning monochromatic card and beautiful window scene..Thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft-Room and FSC...Esther xx

  15. Fab monochrome card, the scene through the window, the dress and all the diecutting make it really eyecatching, such a cute little charm too

  16. It's amazing how great a card can look with just black and white, this looks outrageous. thanks for playing with us at Pile It On.

  17. OMG What a beautiful card! Love it! Thanks for joining us at DCD this week!

  18. Oh so beautiful!!!...thanks for playing along with us at DCD!

  19. Amazing, love your blog and detailed explanations!


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