Party Dresses – Tutorial


Happy Fourth of July Everyone!

This morning I decided to make my Granddaughter’s Birthday card.  She is a girlie, girl for sure.  Loves, loves, loves pink!   So what do you put on a Girlie Girl’s card, pink dresses, of course. 

These images are from Rupa Shevde’s set “Retro Boutique” that can be purchased from Gina K. Design’s online store found here:

Let’s get started on the tutorial.  🙂


Stamps: Rupa Shevde’s “Retro Boutique” from Gina K. Designs
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Basic Black, Old Olive Cameo Coral
Ink: Stampin’ Up Basic Black, Old Olive & Always Artichoke, Palette Noir Black, Adirondack Lettuce
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, White Gel Pen, Versamark marker, clear embossing powder, heat gun, Going Grey marker, Black marker, Sponge, Adhesive Rhinestones


Stamped the dresses on a 6″x 6″ piece of Whisper White Card stock with Palette Noir Black ink.


Stamped the four purses using Palette Noir Black ink.


Used my Curvy Cutter and cut it out into a 5″ circle.



Colored the dresses on at a time using these 3 colors of Prismacolor Markers in this order, Light Peach, Deco Peach, Blush Pink.  With solvent based markers, you want to work fast to try to avoid hard lines.  If you do get a hard line, try going over the hard line with the lightest color to blend it some.


I blended my hard lines between the Blush Pink & Deco Peach by going over it with Deco Peach again.


Colored the purses with Light Peach.


Added Blush pink to the purse flowers.


Colored the leaves on the purse with Light Olive Green.


Colored all the images with Versamark marker and heat embossed the using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.  I found it is easiest to work one image at a time, coloring with Versamark and then heat embossing before going to the next image.



Now that your images are heat embossed they will resist ink.

Sponged in a circular motion, Lettuce ink in the center of the card stock.


Sponged in a circular motion, Old Olive ink, not covering the Lettuce ink entirely. 


Sponged in a circular motion, Always Artichoke ink at the edge of the card stock.


Wanted the edge to be very dark, so I sponged Black ink at the edge.  Be careful when you are using black ink over embossed images, it will turn your light colors gray, yuck!  If you do get it on the light colors, wipe it off immediately.


Now my image looks flat and I want to give it some life.  Using the brush point of a Stampin’ Up Going Grey marker, I traced a thick line at both sides of the dresses and under the purses creating a shadow.


To bring the images forward more, I traced a line down the sides of the dresses and under the purses.  Now that added some more life.


Can’t forget the bling, assembled the card and added some Brenda Walton Adhesive olive colored Rhinestones that I got from


Put dotes in the corners of the card with a white gel pen.


Here is the card all finished measuring 5.25″ x 5.25″


Hope you will try this emboss resist tutorial.

May your day be filled with fireworks and party dresses.

Until my next post. . . . . .


22 responses to “Party Dresses – Tutorial

  1. Beth Van Brunt

    Great coloring info. Thanks so much for the tips!!!

    When my niece was little she loved pink as well and had a pink fluffy dress someone had handed down to her from their daughters ballet days. She loved that dress, my brother (single dad) had to wash that thing every night because she had to put it on at some point every day. She looked like a pink cream puff.

  2. WOwie! what a great card! I totally must have this stamp set now!!! 🙂 Thank you for all the time you put into making these tutorials – they are really very helpful and clear. As always your cards are just spectacular!!!!
    Happy 4th!
    Best wishes,

  3. I love Rupa’s designs and especially your design with this stamp! Very cool how you blended the circle part into the card!

  4. How clever! Michelle only you could think of doing that! You never cease to amaze me with your art. Love it!

  5. What a lucky little girl she is. I know I would love to recieve this card.
    AS usal this is wonderful an I know she’ll love it.

    Happy Friday

  6. wonderful, I love the geometrical effect the coat hangers and gems create. I’m sure your granddaughter will love the card.

  7. hi michelle ,
    this card is again very beauttiful , i love how you play with the light on your cards .
    greetings and hugs from the netherlands.

  8. Gidget-Trish

    You are known as the Queen of the brayer, but you are also the Queen of the square card. You can make any image into a square card and it looks fabulous! Your creativity amazes me. I like how you made the shadow pop even more with the addition of the black outline. Thanks again for a great tutorial. Happy 4th Michelle!

  9. Another great tutorial, hope you Grandaughter has a lovely birthday and enjoys her “Girly Girl” card as much as I have enjoyed the tutorial.

  10. Your Granddaughter will love it! It amazes me how you come up with these ideas that are so perfect. Stunning card.

  11. Happy Birthday to your darling granddaughter. She will love the card.

    Happy Fourth of July

  12. Sharon in NE

    You’ve taken this dress to a new kind of level. What I wouldn’t give to have you come into my stamp room and do fun things with my stamps. Thank you for making me see things in a new way.

  13. Sue (Snellybelle)

    Just lovely, Your girlie girl granddaughter will love, love, love this!

    I have learned many things from you but probably the most used tips are:
    1.Going over images with versamarker pen and clear embossing it.. it makes the images more vibrant and protects them from inks applied later.
    2.Inking up stamps first with versamark then classic ink allows you to emboss with any color.

    As always, thank you!

  14. This card is adorable!! I’m sure your granddaughter will cherish it.

  15. what an original and extremely awesome creation!!! I just LOVE this, and I can’t find enough words to describe it properly! Your granddaughter is going to flip for this adorable card!! It’s just absolutely DARLING!!

  16. Laurie in MN

    I tried to duplicate the steps you used making Natures Silhouettes. I promise, you would not want any credit. LOL

    I read the Frequently Asked Questions and found the answer to my question listed first. I need to practice the technique for using the brayer.

    I loved the pictures of your gardens. Could you post another picture taken from the corner of the yard by the corner posts, looking at the house, so we can compare the other picture taken last month (below Gardening with MFT)? I bet the front is a profusion of colors.

    Have a good weekend.

  17. Evelynn----Ks.stamper

    Oh my Michell, your GD will love this, it is sooo pretty. I still don’t know where you come up with all these tremendous this.

  18. What a lovely card! Great tutorial!! Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. Conniecrafter

    that design is too cool, love all your extra touches!

  20. Wow, I never would have thought to use a stamp this way. I love the center part where the hangers come together. How cool is that!?!

  21. Awesome – love the abstract look. I need to practice, practice, practice the shadows and lines techniques that you use to give your art dimension.
    Thanks a million,

  22. Amazing! You are such an artist! Thanks so much for the incredible inspiration! :0)