Friday, April 08, 2011

Frameable Dressmaker Collage and Card by Rebecca E. Parsons

"Dressmaker Dressmaker Make Me a Dream..."

I am Rebecca E. Parsons and this is my first design for Viva Las Vegastamps! I am honored to be on their new design team.


I love dress forms and this VLV Dress Form stamp (6388) inspired me to create an artwork that honors the time worn tradition of dressmaking. I design all my cards to be frameable pieces of art for the recipient. They just need to insert this in a 8X10" frame and hang it to enjoy forever.

The artwork is titled: "Dressmaker Dressmaker Make Me a Dream..." It is in honor of my grandmother Annie Niland who taught me how to sew on a Singer treadle sewing machine when I was just a young girl. She had an old dress form in the corner of the sewing room and the bits and pieces in this collage are all reminiscent of that time I spent with her.

Here is how I created this Collage and Card (step-by-step directions with photos on my blog):

I stamped the image on a piece of heavy watercolor paper with BRILLIANCE Cosmic Copper pigment ink by Tsuneko. I did free-motion stitching with black thread and my sewing machine in an oval shape around the image. This was very random allowing the stitches to show and create texture and depth.


Next I began to collage bits and pieces to accent the image and the theme of dressmaking. I used old pattern tissue, an antique button, an old tape measure, etc. I glued the pieces down and sewed around them again to secure the tissue. I removed the shank from the button and hot glued it in place.

I then went to work on the background. I had this Vintage Black Harlequin cardstock (no longer available) from The Paper Studio in my stash. I cut and frayed the edges of some cream colored burlap and glued it on the front of the cardstock at an angle.

Next I painted the dress form with Copic markers to add shape and dimension. I then glued the artwork to the background. I felt it needed a little bling so I added glitter glue in gold to the base of the form and wrapped some gold pearls around the image and glued them with dots of hot glue. Here is a close up of the art:

Please visit Viva Las Vegastamps! and see the thousands of designs available. Also visit the other VLV Design Team members and tell them I sent you!

Terri Sproul, Team leader: Terri's blog
Chris Hurley: Chris' blog
Kim Prince; Kim's blog
Cheryl Lindsay: Cheryl's blog
DeeDee Catron: DeeDee's blog
Jennifer Bliss: Jen's blogYou can also find our work on Stamp Art Forum.

You can find more of my work at:

9 comments:

Mara said...

Wow!
I am delighted with the shop of stamps, I am passionate about them.
And how can I not go to Las Vegas, you could send stamps here in Brazil, certainly sell much stamp here lol
Congratulations on the store, I'm already a follower of the blog.
Hugs from a Brazilian friend addicted to stamps!

Steph said...

How sweet to create such a wonderful piece in honor of your grandmother. I love all the different textures. Thanks for sharing :)

Stampo said...

It's fabulicious, Rebecca... I love that you showed the stamp and the item number too so people could order it they wanted it... another outstanding masterpiece. Thanks so much!

Jessica Maria Farias Atkinson said...

I love anything that has to do with sewing .... I haven't done anything Card related to it ... But you've inspired me to make some!! ... Great job .. and like always love your stamps ......Wayne!!

Rebecca E. Parsons/Cre8Tiva said...

i am so very honored to be able to contribute in any way to this wonderful creative company!!! this is such fun for me!!!

Kim said...

Rebecca, this is fabulous! What a thoughtful and beautiful tribute to your Grandmother!

Terri Sproul said...

love this project Rebecca. you are inspired me...

Cheryl LIndsay said...

Unbelievable!!!! I am so impressed. It's great to be on the same team with such talented artist.

Garcilazosxok said...

Rebecca, this is fabulous! What a thoughtful and beautiful tribute to your Grandmother!