Sunday, June 3, 2012

Little Paper Dresses

After preparing new work for Surtex, the licensing show in New York, I decided to switch gears and play for a week or two. My sister's birthday was coming up and I decided to make a special card for her. I have to say that one of the things I enjoy most is making handmade cards. 
It can be anything that I want it to be and I don't have to think if it would be the right colors or style for licensing. 
I really liked how it turned out so I decided to make some larger ones for my Etsy shop. 
If you don't already know, I make sculptural paper shoes, handbags and dresses and I wanted to offer something a bit more affordable for people who love those.

I thought you might like to see the process.

 First I make a pattern of the dress I want to make and select the prints and paper that I want to use.

Then I make lots of little embellishments. I am a bit addicted to making little paper flowers.

I paint and cut out any little accessories that I need.

The embellishments get matched up with their dress partner. I like to be sure that everything is going as planned.
After making several backgrounds I put it all together and add painted details. As you can see I have changed a few things from the original card. At 8.5" x 11", these are also larger than the card.

 "Garden Dress"SOLD

I am hoping to offer prints and cards in the near future.

Which one is your favorite? I would love to know.

Thanks for looking.


  1. Hi Paula. I came by to visit and found those adorable paper dresses. I love them all but if i have to choose, the green bag and blue shoes are gorgeous!!