Wednesday 27 February 2013

Oscars Red Carpet Inspiration

Claire set a doozy of a challenge this week - to be inspired by the red carpet fashion of the 2013 Oscars ceremony

My favourite dress of the night was without doubt Hale Berrie's Versace number - designed to make her look like a Bond Girl in ready for her to be just that in the next movie - and it was stunning - classy and elegant but making an on-trend statement with all that loverley metallic shimmer - yum!  However, I wasn't sure I could make a card purely based on this dress, so I decided to be a rebel and use my 3 favourites together in one card.

Gloria Rueben's deep purple ruffled dress adorned with a fluffy flower train looked wonderful (although I have no idea who made it or how she managed to walk in it!) and Nicole Kidman's uber-sequined and super shimmery dress was chosen by her husband Keith Urban - the encrusted top caught my eye but I was less impressed by the swirly bottom....

Anyhow, just like all the high street stores fashion designers, I took the bits that inspired me from each dress, diluted them to suit my price bracket, and came up with this:

I used a precious sheet from my all time favourite paper pad Paris Nights from GCD Studios to represent Halle's dress and I die cut a fancy frame from gold paper with a spellbinders die to represent the faux buckle on Nicole's dress.  I stamped the word Mum using the extremely useful Compact Family stamp set from Waltzingmouse using stazon ink so it stuck to the pearlised paper.  I added some texture to represent the folds on Gloria's dress by spritzing some purple card stock with water and roughly folding it.  Once dry double stick tape give you a nice tight finish and holds the pleats down.

Then I finished with a great big flower - again inspired by Gloria's dress - but I'm really thrilled with this flower as I made it myself from a quite unexpected source - the smallest die from Claire's exclusive Opera Tags compatible spellbinders die :-)   Simply cut 7 tags and use a tiny brad through the hole to hold them together, fan them out  and you have a pretty fancy flower even if I do say so myself!  I took further inspiration from Nicole's dress and used black, copper and gold sequins to encrust the centre of the flower - not as many sequins as on the dress itself I'm sure - but the feel is still there I think.

I can't wait to see which dresses inspired everyone and where they took this challenge - it's a really interesting one - thanks Claire!


  1. Genius!! Genius!! LOVE how you made that flower missy!!! and what a lovely choice of dresses, I completely didn't see that purple one, it's a stunner!!!! Thank you for playing along Tara, your card combines all 3 perfectly!!!

  2. OH WOW Tara!! It's early morning and I should be fast asleep - but, quietly blog hopping, I found this card and it's absolutely amazing!!!! Love how you picked up all those gorgeous dress elements, and the flower is pure genius. Hugs, Di xx

  3. Wow, you really captured that glamour and sparkle Tara and so clever how you made the flower too :0) I'm not much of a red carpet watcher but those dresses do have the WOW factor :0)
    Jenny x

  4. That card is so elegant and classy, Tara!

  5. Wonderfully elegant. I really like the way you've taken elements from three dresses and made this lovely card. The flowers is fabulous (would never have guessed you used the Opera Tags die). Just fab!

  6. That flower is stunning and I love the colors and sparkle you added! You captured the dress elements beautifully!

  7. Hi Tara

    I didn't watch the Red Carpet spectacular .. .. but love that purple dress you are showing. Stunning. That would probably take up half the space in my wardrobe if I owned it LOL!!!

    Love your finished card. Just beautiful!

    Hope all is OK with you.

    Love Jules xx

  8. Pretty colours and great idea ! Just amazing :)

  9. great way to include your three favs. I really like the paper ruffles you added.

  10. This is gorgeous! Love the flower and the pretty center. Nice way to use all three. Love that deep purple one too!


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