Dec 4, 2011

Corset Kaos!

Why not head on over to Fashionable Stamping Challenges and check out what wonderful projects the girls have made...The subject this fortnight is 
The girls have put together some stunning projects to inspire you, so please
be inspired and have a go at our latest challenge.

My inspiration for this goes back to my days in high school...
I was the one who needed the teacher's help the most, the one who couldn't thread the machine, the one who often sewed the pieces backwards and inside out...
I was always the last to leave because I had the biggest mess to clean up.
I had no idea what I wanted to achieve with this challenge (a bit like my sewing abilities!)
And when it came to bringing it all together, I realised that that was the disorganisation ~
and so this collage was born!

Cathy left a comment on one of my posts (hi Cathy), and I went blog hopping from her site and ended up somewhere that explained what a collage was...layering, bits and pieces and different textures all brought together with a common link.
My link here is the thread! Using buttons, ribbon, thread and lace to bring all the elements together my collage is complete.
The Background:
I have used alcohol inks. The tape measure effect is a tape measure stamp stamped onto tissue paper, ripped and then glued onto the alcohol inked card...and while I was at it, I added some gilding flakes with the glue as well.  I added more alcohol ink afterward to hide any tissue that was showing.
Mosaic Layer:
This is done from the same inked background card and overstamped with a stamp from my Oxford Impressions ~ dress-forms and corsetry set.  I then cut it into squares and switched them all around and stuck onto black card to form the background. I ripped the bottom and dipped it in gold embossing powder to add richness.
Is stamped in watermark on black card and embossed with gold embossing powder.  This is the cool part, I then got my embossing "pen" and added some strokes to the image and embossed again with red powder...I think this has added heaps of depth and more interest to the corset...and finally some rhinestones for bling.  I adhered this to a dress-form that I stamped onto acetate and I have raised this above the mosaic.
Then it is all brought together with lace,ribbon, threads, hessian, buttons and a tag.
 (a little complicated ~ but..) Enjoy!


Lorraine said...

Very cool card! Love all the different techniques you used and the results! Beautiful!

Pauline said...

What a fabulous vintage card, love the corset image. Thanks for joining us at The Ribbon Reel this week!

Josephine said...

What a fabulous card! Great idea to add the extra detail with heat embossing too!

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this time.

Brenda Brown said...

This is such a clever piece Dot and does not give the feel of being disorganised at all. You have created a wonderful collage of elements that all fit together beautifully with a fabulous design and gorgeous colours that make a stunning card. I love it.
Hope you have a great Sunday.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Ephemera said...

I love your collaged card, and the beautiful colours you have used. The background is stunning and the mosaic and the embossed corset all work so well together. I was another one who really struggled threading the school sewing machine, it seemed so complicated and I always had cotton and fabric everywhere LOL. Have a great Sunday. XX

Meggymay said...

Love your collage and the story you shared with us. The colours and details are fabulous.

Sue C said...

Gorgeous project Dot, I love how you've talked through each layer of your design. The colours and the elements come together beautifully. Sue C x

Joanna King (aka Asia K) said...

Dot, your project is simply outstanding!!! All elements are collaged so beautifully, the colours are just lovely and it all just works together perfectly! And thanks for explaining the full definition of the collage, funnily enough, I have always been wondering this myself! Have a lovely Sunday! Hugs, Joanna xx

Princess4Wiz said...

Fabulous project, Dot! The colours are just beautiful.

Thank you for joining our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.

Beth. xxx

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is gorgeous sweetie. Thank you for joining us at CYDA this week and good luck.


Terry said...

Dot, talk about one gorgeous card! The alcohol background is just awesome and I love that beautiful mosaic and all the textures you incorporated! Have a great Sunday!

Marfa said...

Your card is beautiful. I've always been in love with vintage dress forms. There's something so romantic about them! I can tell that you put a lot of thought and effort into making this card. Wow, that corset alone is to die for! The lace is gorgeous. But you're right. The best part is the corset. Love, love, love it!!!! Thanks for joining us this week at Glitter Geeks.

Paulagriff said...

Love your creation! I like the way my eyes are drawn to different elements each time i look, very cool! Thanks for joining us at Glitter Geeks this week, Paula :)

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Dot, such an outstanding piece, love the colors and all the elements. Thanks for the detailed steps.

Fliss said...

I just love this Dot! You always get such dimension and lovely rich colouring on your creations and it's lovely to see how it all came about.
Just gorgeous!
Hugs, Fliss xx

Claire said...

Hi Dot, wow what a beautiful collage, the rich colours are stunning and I love all the texture. I was useless at needlework when I was at school too lol
Claire xx

Sally said...

Beautiful work which makes a lovely card. The embossing on the corset is a nice touch. Thanx for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this week.

Mrs.B said...

Stunning card Dot. Great corset image and a fabulous background, loved reading how you made it.
Avril xx

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh Dot, this is gorgeous, my friend! And I adore the corset--I think they're so dreamy!!!