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
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.
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
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!