Friday, 6 April 2012

Dress Form Card by Alan Scott

Once again I have designed a backing paper for this project in different colour hues. You can download it for free from this link here.


2 prints of the free backing paper - 1 for backing the card, 1 for cutting dress form shape out of
3 A4 white card stock to make the card base
Tim Holtz Sewing Room Bigz Die
Pages from an old Book
Gold Pen Liner - Gelly Roll Gloss Pen (if you don’t have one, what you're after is a dull gloss covering)
Dark card stock to mount the dress forms on
Contrasting lengths of ribbon, 3 times the height of your card
Cosmic Shimmer Mist: Golden Fish – Silver – Bronze Blush
Mica Mist – Pewter
Archival Ink – Jet Black
Watercolouring mediums of your choice - I used AquaMarkers 
Distress Ink Pads: Rusty Hinge – Vintage Photo


Using the dress form die, you need to cut out 4 using the pages from an old book. I bought one from a charity shop that was mostly text but was in double columns like a old dictionary. While the die is out, cut out 4 parts using the complimentary downloaded paper.

Using one of the white cards, start to stamp the Prickley Pear stamps and when dry take your watermarkers or pencils, paints etc. and start to colour in. Try to keep to muted colours, as the overall feel of the card is to look old and faded.

Taking your Cosmic Shimmer bottles, just do a few ‘squirts’ onto the crafting mat. Then, taking the paper dress form shapes, carefully wipe up the inks. Try to be random - you don't want them to be uniform in shade and colour. Take your heat gun and start to dry the papers. Try to keep the heat away from them, as you don't want to burn or distort them.

When they are dry, glue onto your dark colour stock. Then this is the fun bit hahahaha. Using your crafting scissors, cut around the dress forms but leave a small margin. You don't have to be exact, sometimes being off and adding a little more here or there makes the image better. Now take your gold pen and just go round the outline of the paper dress form. I filled in the dress form header but you can leave it alone if you want.

Now stamp your Prickley Pears images. Once again, carefully cut them out of the paper. Here you do have to take your time but there is a good outline to cut around. Look at your cut outs and decide which ones you want to flood fill with the Glossy Accents (I flood filled just two so there would be some dimension to the card). Place aside to dry.

Using your Glossy Accents, once again flood fill the image. This will when dried, be a duller shine. If you can I would say purchase a Gelly Roll Glitter Pen its one of my Desert Island items. Carefully check that they have dried, when you're happy you can secure them onto your dress form die cuts.


Construct your card or if using a pre made one, using the backing paper of your choice, cover the front. Take your ruler and measure 1 inch in from the closed edge. Using this line, place one piece of the double sided tape along this edge - just go over the edge a little so that the ribbon will cover this drawn line. Then, coming closer to the centre of the card, place the 2nd length of the double sided tape. Leave a small gap between each widths. Now we have the working area for our dress form shapes. Just lay the dress form shapes onto the card placing one higher than the other. When you're happy with the placement, place a ruler along the bottom of each dress form (or D.F from now on), then secure into place. Treat each D.F separately using the ruler as the base for each bottom of the shape.

Using your dimensional pads back each of the Card D.F’s and place onto the card at a slight angle. The reason for the paper D.F’s is that they will be a shadow image. Use some cheap glue sticks on the sticky side of the pads, this will allow you to have some time before they become secured.

Finally for the D.F, take each of the stamped images and secure onto your D.F’s. I did this last so I could build up the card and make sure there was a balance to the images.

NOW for the RIBBON! I chose two contrasting shades that went with the background. Removing the backing paper on your tape half way, twist the ribbon and secure onto the tape. By twisting and turning it gives dimension and height. By removing half of the tape you're not fighting the ribbon becoming secured at the base.

There you have it. I hope you like it and that you will try to do one like it.

Happy Crafting



  1. Lovely card using the dress forms. So on trend.

  2. Beautiful detail stamping inside the dress forms, very striking. x


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