You are asking yourself what in the world my title means? The Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers today has a cocktail dress as our piece of inspiration.
Have you ever started a project that took more sharp turns than you could have expected? As I was not actually inspired to do a dress themed card I was inspired to hand paint some eggplant colored tulips and green stems. The bottom of the dress has swirly flower stems and flowers that look sort of like tulips. I wanted to use the eggplant and yet still pick up on the shiny creamy color of the top of the dress. After I painted all the flowers and stems I was not really satisfied that they look substantial enough so I added a little depth to them by adding lines and etchings with my artist pen. That seemed to make them pop. Somehow my card went from being a light little watercolor and transitioned into a distressed piece with more sparkle than it ever should have had. After I sponged both the flower layer and the main layer with Distress Ink I decided to lightly dust them both with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder and heated. I also added a bit of Stickles to the base of the flower bed and a few of the flowers. The top of the dress has shimmery sparkles and that is what I was going for. I am not so wild about the sparkly distressed look but I am very happy with my little free hand flower garden. Being happy with the experience is really what the whole thing is about.
Stamps: Sanded and Itty Bitty Background
Paper: Watercolor, Eggplant, Naturals Vanilla
Ink: Adirondack Eggplant and Pesto Reinkers and Pads, Distress Ink Antique Linen
Accessories: Brads, Stickles, Iridescent Ice, Grosgrain, Deckle Scissors, Distressing Tool, Watercolor Brushes, Sponges, Artist Pen