Dressed to Sparkle

This card is an almost exact copy of a card by Katherine LaPierre (I only changed the sentiment). When she gave it to our group of swappers, you could actually hear the jaws hit the ground – we were electrified, stupefied . . just plain speechless. I’ve proudly displayed it to my hostess group who, after months and months of pleading, finally convinced me to dissect the original so I could demonstrate it to them. Hold on to your jaws . . .


Pick your dropped jaws back up and I’ll tell you how to become a stampin’ seamstress. To download the printable instructions and a template for the “slip,” click here: Dressed to Sparkle Template.

Here are the materials.


Did you get all that?

  • Stamps: Pick a Petal and a sentiment stamp. I used Warm Words.
  • Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip (textured if you like), Whisper White, Vellum paper 5 1/2″ by 3″ and 1″ x 1″. Note, use paper quality vellum, not card stock quality. (Did you know there’s a difference?)
  • Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White Craft
  • Misc: Petal Punch, Icicles Rhinestone Brads, Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, white detail embossing powder for the sentiment if you choose 

Randomly stamp the two vellum pieces with the solid flower stamp using Tempting Turquoise ink. Vellum takes a long time to try. So do this first. You might even want to let it dry overnight.


After the vellum dries, you can very lightly score the 5-1/2″ by 3″ piece every 3/4″ and then fold it into an accordion or fan fold, with each fold about 3/4″ apart so that your folded piece is 5-1/2″ by 3/4″.


Fold this over again in half. Use a bone folder for a crisp fold.


When you open up the vellum piece again, it should look something like this.


Just set that aside. Assemble your card base with whatever sentiment your choose.


Trace the skirt template onto Tempting Turquoise card stock and cut it out. Randomly stamp the flower image with Tempting Turquoise ink.

Here’s an LMac exclusive tip: When you’re randomly stamping to make your own designer paper, stamp in groups of three – it will help you with spacing. Don’t re-ink your stamp every time, so you get more variety of color. And, finally, don’t forget to rotate your stamp around so all your images aren’t facing the same direction and to stamp a few off the edge of the paper.


Stamp one petal and cut it out. 


Cut the petal in half to make the bodice.


Attach the two petal halves to the skirt so the overall dress is 4” tall. Glue the small 1″ x 1″ vellum behind the bodice.


Cinching it at the waist, attach the top of the folded vellum piece to the waist of the skirt.


Wrap the Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon around the skirt and glue it down in the back. Add your brad to the punched out flower and adhere it to the dress. Attach your assembled dress to the base of your card with pop-up dimensionals. And . . . you’re ready to sparkle.


Here’s a very, very big thanks to Kat for designing such a fun card!


Sweet Comments

  1. That is some serious WOW! Gorgeous! Your tutorial is great too- TFS!!

  2. This is a great card and a great tutorial! I can’t wait to try it!
    Your card was featured on Tutorial Tuesday at Card of the Week.com (You can see the original post here: http://www.cardoftheweek.com/2008/07/tutorial-tues-2.html)
    I did include a picture of your work and links to your blog and the tutorial. Please let me know if that’s OK — barefootstamper@gmail.com
    Thanks for sharing your great work!

  3. That is a super awesome card! Great idea and thanks so much for sharing that tutorial. I will definately have to give that one a try. SO FABULOUS!

  4. Lori A. says:

    This is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing the instructions.

  5. Carey Rogers says:

    Oh my goodness! I don’t have Pick A Petal. Now I HAVE to get it. I can see using this for a wedding shower this weekend. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial.
    pedstamper at sbc global dot net

  6. WOW…jaw hasn’t quite made it up yet!!! This is beautiful!! I love it!! I can’t wait to try one! Thanks for doing all that work so that I can just whip one out! :)

  7. Lisa Tedder says:

    I love this!!!! My jaw is STILL on the floor! LOL I have the vellum paper on my list to buy, I only have the vellum CS so now I have to wait. Dang!
    Thank you for sharing! Do you happen to have this as an attachment? My printer won’t work, and I HAVE to have this!! Please!!!

  8. Oh, how gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing, I’m going to try this very soon! Love your blog! :-)

  9. Very cool. I am definitely going to have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing how to do it.

  10. This is so awesome. This I am going to use for my best friend in I Like Your Style stamp set as soon as it gets here. Thank you so much for sharing. I love it.

  11. How beautiful! I loved the tutorial and will be trying it as well.

  12. That is DARLING! I may have to try this! :)

  13. I love this card and was trying to make one for a wedding card. I have the wedding ont he weekend I am having a bit of trouble with the skirt folding properly is there a trick?

  14. Fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

  15. What a great post! Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. Lovely Linda
    it is just beautiful!

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