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Candy House articulated paper doll tutorial

Hello!

I have a fun project for you for Christmas <: …. articulated, Candy House Paper Doll in a form of a digital sheet – to print yourself, cut out & assemble.

There is a Colored & Uncolored version – both available in my Etsy shop.

Once you have it, you can  print as many as you like and share with family & friends…  (adding it to a gift seems like fun!)

And to make things easier for you, I made this tutorial. Enjoy!

1-Printing.

If you have a monochrome printer – you should go for a sepia Doll.  With color printer you can choose. In both cases you can use a normal or photographic paper. Normal paper should be a thicker one, and to get a vintage look, choose a cream, greenish or brownish one. They shouldn’t be too dark.

Once you’ve printed it out, you can start making a doll right away, but if you’re going for extra stiff feel, you might want to glue another, maybe decorative paper on the back side. It’s best to use a spray glue to do that.

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2- scissors please

I was waiting impatiently for that part! Choose sharp, small scissors, or use a scalpel. It’s good to leave a ‘safe’ outline – it’s less likely that you will end up cutting off a piece of your paper doll.

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3 – Brads or…..

Normally you would use brads to assemble the doll… you would make a tiny holes with a sharp pointed scissors (picture on left) and connect the paper parts… but what if you can’t buy what you need? You need to use what you have. And there’s usually some loose beads, or “to old to be true” beaded necklace somewhere in the house.. why not to use it? What you need is: beads, needle and a thread.

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4-Sewing

The idea is to have two beads keeping the paper together.

Start with attaching a thread to a bead with a knot – be sure to not to make the knot at the very end, but leave 2″(5cm) of the thread loose instead (see left photo). Than pierce the paper doll base starting from the back side (there are dots on the doll that mark the joints). Do the same with doll leg or arm..

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5-Almost there

As you can see, after I pierced doll base and arm, I need another bead to keep paper in place – picture on left.  And when it’s done I need to pierce the paper again, through the same hole so that I can fasten the knot on the back of a paper doll, using the  2″ end of  the loose thread end. Be sure that the thread and the knot are tight…

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Gingerbread house

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6.. and Voila!

Your doll is ready. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect – you can print it out again and practice!

Cameos & Alice Madness

Time goes by like crazy, and while I didn’t have a chance to post these recent pieces on blog, new cameos are ready. But all in the right time…

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Alice and the key to Wonderland

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Little Clown

(already adopted)

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and….

Let’s welcome new Doll to the Family.. Alice Madness!

That’s my first doll face repaint(base doll – Bratz), and although I think it’s much to learn yet, I will keep it like that out of pure sentiment..

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