Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Russian Doll - Tutorial

Did you ever make clothes for your dress up dolls? I really enjoyed making these two Russian doll cards. Thought I would share the process with you ...
You will need:
Scrap cardstock to make your template.
Half an A4 piece of cardstock, the size you want your doll card to be.
Some patterned paper - for the headscalf, the skirt, shoes, hair and baby wrap.
White cardstock - for face and shirt.
Flower stamp - oval all stampset.
20 cm of ribbon.
Circle punches: 1.3cm, 2.5 cm, 3.5cm.
Scallop oval punch (for shoes). Eyelet border punch (for edge of skirt).
1x Brad.
Markers: pretty in pink, regal rose, rose red and close to cocoa.

Step 1. Create a template from scrap cardstock.
Step 2. Fold a piece of cardstock in half and place your doll template over the front cover and trace it out, pushing it over to the left hand side and leaving atleast a 2 cm edge that is not cut. Step 3. Using your template - Cut out a head scalf and skirt from patterned paper. I've used Raspberry tart designer series paper from stampin' up. Then punch out a circle for the face to show through, mine is 1 3/4", but it could be smaller for a more petite faced doll.
Step 4. If you are using a dark coloured cardstock for the body you will need to punch a white 1 3/8" circle for the face. Then cut two half circles for the "hair". I have used the 1" circle punch to cut out close to cocoa coloured Urban Oasis patterned paper.
Step 5. Draw a face (with coloured markers) onto the white cardstock. And I have cut a scalloped edge to the skirt with the eyelet border punch.Step 6. Assemble your doll's face, hair and head scalf then stick together with either snail or 2 way glue pen for the fiddly bits.
Step 7. Cut out two fluffy slippers - I have used the scallop oval punch but you could use two
small half circles in patterned paper to match the headscalf or skirt.
Step 8. Next cut a small rectangle of white cardstock (approx. 3x4cm.) for the doll's shirt.
Step 9. Stamp the cardstock with a pretty floral pattern. I have used markers in pretty in pink, regal rose and rose red. As you can see I have just inked up the flower image from the oval all stampset and used it repeatedly to make a floral pattern.
Step 10. Place all the pieces onto your cardstock doll. Add a piece of ribbon around the neck of the headscalf to cover the join.
Step 11. Cut out a baby doll from cardstock using your doll template.
Step 12. cover your baby in matching DSP (designer series paper), and punch out a small circle (1.3 cm) for the face to show through. Draw a face on the cardstock with the close to cocoa marker.
Step 13. Make a hole in the base for the pink brad to attach your baby to it's mother. (It doesn't hurt very much, not as much as the heel prick in the hospital. )
Push the brad through the baby's wrapping onto mother doll's stomach. That way her baby can launch itself either left or right depending which side she's ready to feed from next. ;)
Step 14. Take mother and baby out for some visiting and support from other mum's in her local community.

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