Prima Lavender Party Dress Card Folio

Prima Lavender Party Dress Card Folio for Throwback Thursday Kathy Clement Photo 01

Prima Lavender Party Dress Card Folio for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Throwback Thursday is a Prima Lavender Party Dress Card Folio.  While cleaning out the Closet of Shame, I ran across a bunch of lovely chipboard pieces and a flash of inspiration!  Who doesn’t love having a new party dress for spring?  I know, right?  So after a bit more digging, I decided to use this lovely, retired 2017 Prima collection for our Throwback Thursday this week.

Put on Your Party Dress

Mixed Media Techniques for Chipboard Prima Lavender Laserowe Love by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Chipboard is such a wonderful addition to a card design.  You can paint it, cover it with paper, spritz it with mist or, as I did on today’s card, alter it with embossing powder.  This is probably my favorite way to alter chipboard.  Why, you may ask?  Because it is fast, easy and looks terrific!  It will probably take me longer to tell you the steps I followed than it did for me to actually do them.  Here’s how I took this brown paper bag dress to party dress with a little mixed media magic.

  • First, tap the entire surface of the chipboard with VersaMark ink.  Be generous!
  • Next, lightly shake a closed jar of Stampendous Shabby Ivory Embossing Enamel.  This helps mix the particles evenly throughout the mix.
  • Now place the chipboard in a funnel tray or on a piece of printer paper.  Gently shake the embossing powder out over the surface.  You are aiming for even coverage.
  • Then carefully pick up the chipboard and let any loose granules roll off onto the printer paper or into the tray.  Do not tap or flick the back of the chipboard!  Just let gravity do its thing!
  • Now you want to pre-heat your heat gun for a few seconds.  Use tweezers to hold the edge of the chipboard and use the heat gun to melt the granules.  Keep the gun moving at all times.  Chipboard will burn.
  • Heat the granules until the gold flecks start to melt and puddle into the ivory granules.  Now this chip is perfectly cooked!

Take it to the Next Level

The dress is very pretty at this point.  But I wanted to take it to the next level.  So once the chip had cooled, I spritzed it lightly with some Lavender Fields Glimmer Mist that I had in my stash.  Then I gently heated the embossing enamel a second time.  The embossing medium will “open” and allow the mist to sink into the mix, creating a lovely impressionistic pattern on the dress.

I also inked the edges of the dress with Dusty Concord Distress Oxides.  Then I spritzed and flicked water to make some pretty inky puddles.  You can play with this technique.  It’s fun!

TIP:  Adhere an acetate floral overlay from the Lavender Collection to the center of the dress to create soft pattern and design.  Use a dries clear adhesive for this step.  It’s pretty magical, if I do say so myself!

Learn how I altered the chipboard doily and the background tag in the video below.

Finishing Touches

Add some pretty ribbons, trims and posies and this dress is ready for the prom!

Learn how to add these sweet charms in the video, too!

A Peek Inside

Party Dress Card Folio Prima Lavender by Kathy Clement

I decided to create a little folio inside the card base.  The top half is an accordion pull-out with a ribbon closure.

Layer up bits and bobs on the cover to create a pretty collage.

Here’s a peek at the pages inside the 4 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ folio.  Lots of lovely room for photos and journaling the story of a wedding, anniversary, prom, birthday party or bridal shower.

Party Dress Video on YouTube

Here’s a little process video showing how this card folio came together.   I hope you enjoy!

And that’s it for Throwback Thursday this week!  I’ll be adding this little ditty to my Etsy shop if you’d like to see it in real life.

I’ll add a supply list below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!




***Please note: Since Throwback Thursday posts are designed to encourage us to use up paper pretties from our stash, I use a lot of retired items in these projects.  This means I may not be able to provide a link to all the supplies used.  Thanks for understanding!

9 thoughts on “Prima Lavender Party Dress Card Folio

  1. Sara Barker

    Just wow! This is not JUST a card! This is a great mini album with all those surprises inside. And so much to love about the front…I adore that dress and looks like you had some fun taking this from chipboard to va, va, va VOOM in a good way! And those prills add an extra frilly layer that I love. And the colors on this speak to me loud and clear. Thank you for sharing your process. Must reserve some time to watch your video! What a wonderful bit of eye candy on this Sunday morning! Enjoy your day! Hugs!

  2. Rebecca Nicklin

    Reminds me that when we were growing up, my mom always made sure we had a new dress to wear on Easter Sunday. You missed your calling, Kathy…could have been a fashion designer!

  3. Claire Gagne

    Everything about this card Kathy is simply gorgeous. A wonderful job on the dress. The colors are stunning. You’ve outdone yourself once again. Be safe & TYFS

  4. soozyb2013

    Seems like everybody enjoys their morning coffee with Kathy Clements in the a.m. myself included. this is a great piece and the goodies you packed into it are lovely. The insides, perfect. Enjoy your Thursday!

  5. Dana Roepke

    Oh how I love TBT! Nothing better with my first cup of coffee! Such a lovely project with so many tips – I agree with everything Mary said – you are truly a fount of knowledge and excellent teacher who is so very generous with your time and talent. Will be noting the embossing techniques and layering to try.

  6. MaryH

    Let’s hear it for Throwback Thursdays – my favorite morning delight . OMG this is fantastic! How did you know I was looking for a dress that I could make a handkerchief doll card for my friend’s little girl? But this is 1000 times better! (I’ll still be in search of the dress…) You are a fountain of knowledge of techniques and a great teacher! I had to watch the video twice once on the laptop & once on the big TV so I could really see all the luscious colors and delectable layers. I thought I could make the overlay with my glimmer machine – I think that would work. When watching the video, Kathy, I had a moment where I slapped my forehead and said, Wow, using the cut off stems of the flowers to make curled tendrils and use them in the design. Girl, do you throw away anything? The trick with the embossing powder & the glimmer mist is written down so I don’t forget it! I appreciate the links so much too because not only do we get resources but they have segments teaching you about the products! So much to learn and so little time. Sorry about the rambling but the gushing comes from an inspired heart – Thanks again for the lovely project and pleasure provided to me this morning.

  7. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, this card is so elegant. I had a dress very similar in style and color when I was about 15. Seeing this card really took me back. Your technique for coloring the dress is amazing, it came out so gorgeous. I love what you did inside with making a folio and waterfall design. One gets to see so much of this scrumptious paper collection that way. Thank you for sharing!

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