To Daughter on Her Wedding Day

Hello!  We’re in the midst of our Oscar Wilde “Keep Love in Your Heart” quote/themed challenge at Words2CraftBy, so I thought I’d post a little reminder along with a project to inspire you to play along!  I wanted to do something for the Bride specifically, and no, it’s not for my daughter…but someday I will make one for her.


I had a 5″x7″ frame in my stash from the dollar store, and thought it would be nice to put a special poem in there (I searched online for free poems from mothers to daughters on wedding day).  If this was for my daughter, I would use a nicer frame!  To alter the frame, I applied 3 coats of gesso and after it was dry, I painted it with black acrylic paint, wiping off most of it before it dried–I mainly wanted it in the detailed parts of the frame.  Next, I applied TH Brushed Pewter Distress Stain all around the frame, but wiped some off of the detailed areas.  I rubbed Inka Gold (platinum) over the frame and buffed when dry.


Since I didn’t have any suitable paper for the wedding gown, I decided to make my own.  I used the TH Doily layering stencil with Faber Caster Glass Bead Glitter Gel and made 3 side-by-side panels.  This was a bit time consuming since I had to let the first “stencil” completely dry before being able to stencil another right next to it, but I think the results were worth it.


I stamped my doll out a few times (Julie Nutting/Prima “Aurora”) and cut out the pieces so I’d have a pattern.   I like dimension, so if I were paper piecing this dress, I would pop up the 2 sides under the bow and the section in the middle below.  That didn’t look right with the bead gel, so I put that piece underneath, plus I glued those pieces flat because extra dimension was too much.  I did ink around all of the edges a bit with Hickory Smoke DI so it didn’t all blend in together.


I colored Aurora’s hair with a Prismacolor pencil (Noir) and gamsol, and used Prima/Julie Nutting watercolor pencils (skin and hair) for her skin.  For the gloves, I used Finetec Metallic paints (silver).  Her bow is black suede embossed with WOW! Silver Embossing glitter.  Her crown is glittered with the same embossing glitter and I added some Prima Glass Glitter (Platinum).




I knew the printed poem would need to be decorative without overdoing it.  I used my TH Latticework layering stencil and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then added some sequins.   Noticeable but subtle.


I used TH Crinkly Ribbon to make the bow, which is mostly covered up by that gorgeous Prima flower.

That should cover everything.  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day and please feel free to leave comments.


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About Marty Fishman

Hi, I'm Marty! I love paper crafting, especially making favorites are Christmas cards. I am blessed to have a wonderful family: my husband of over 32 years, my son and daughter, and three fur babies (a cat and 2 dogs). View all posts by Marty Fishman

10 responses to “To Daughter on Her Wedding Day

  • sewpaperpaint

    Oh Marty! How creative and amazing is this!?!? I love the paper you made for her dress and your beautiful blending with the colored pencil. The frame got an A+ treatment and is a “nicer frame” already! So cool! The flower in the corner is a perfect detail. Such a beautiful and inspiring project. Hugs, Autumn


  • Darlene Pavlick

    WOW!! What a stunning creation! GREAT JOB!! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Wedding’ challenge! We hope you’ll come back often.

    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop in for a visit!


  • Sybrina K

    Marty, I loved this project when I saw it at W2CB… but I am totally blown away seeing the process behind this gorgeous creation. That wedding gown is stunning, and the way you made that pattern is pure genius. Thanks so much for hosting our mid-challenge post at Words 2 Craft By, 🙂


  • Esther

    What a great project! Love the frame makeover, and the way you made the dress paper!
    Thanks for linking up to the Cropstop blog with your beautifully creative project!


  • Sara Emily Barker

    Oh, my word, Marty! You could tip me over with a feather! What a lovely, lovely creation! Thank God you were not making this for your daughter or there would be tear drops all over it! That’s a very touching poem; I started to tear up! Your bridal gown is super elegant and you’ve colored your doll perfectly! And your transformation of that frame is outstanding! What a wonderful project you have made! You have been very, very busy, my friend! Huge hugs!


  • lesliekmiller

    This is so beautiful! The dress, the frame… you did such lovely work to make it very special. The poem brings a tear. When your own daughter’s special day comes you should definitely make one for her. Just gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Double D!


  • Suzi Mac

    A Beautiful keepsake creation that your daughter will cherish forever. Thank you for sharing with us that Scrap & Craft Challenge. Good luck!


  • Yvonne G

    This is truly superb! Every detail, perfection. Thank you for sharing this with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenge.


  • Karen Letchworth

    WOW, Marty….this is truly amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us in the Summer Challenge. I hope that you will be back on Friday for our new challenge, and that you’ll join our Blog Hop on the 13th. I enjoy your art so much, and love having you play along with us. Have a wonderful week!
    Karen L
    Really Reasonable Ribbon


  • reasonableribbon

    Beautiful creation! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.


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