Here are the photos of how I put Valentina together.
The image is from The Graphics Fairy.
I printed it onto some photo paper with a matte finish.
I glued the image
to some sturdy, brown paper.
After it has dried, I cut out all the pieces.
As you can see, I printed extra arms and legs as I am creating an
articulated or movable paper doll.
Next, I need to create a torso and I have chosen to use
this lovely Christmas card.
cut it out.
Again, I glue some sturdy paper on the back.
I gather up the arms and as you can see,
I cut them it what might seem
like an odd combination.
I need a long upper arm and a long lower arm
to make a single arm.
I need to trim both the lower arm and upper
arm to have a natural looking arm.
I use a nail file to smooth out the edges
and colored ink to
cover the white edges.
Line up the elbow with the upper arm
and put a hole in it.
Add the brads and there you go!
I tried to use brads that were a similar color
to the doll's gloves.
Attach arms to the dolls shoulders and torso.
Sometimes, I am not sure if I should place the arms over
or below the shoulder. It depends on the doll and what
I plan on applying to the neck area.
Back view of paper doll.
Same procedure for the legs.
A longer upper leg and a longer lower leg.
Trim and smooth the edges and color the
edges with color coordinating ink.
Attach the brad and carefully cut
a nice knee cap.
Attach to the doll's body and your doll
is complete, almost!
A piece of sturdy cardboard can help
give our lady a little back bone.
I printed up an extra face as
I wanted to make a 3-d hat.
Some glitter for the pom poms and some
Sparkle Mod Podge
for a glittery hat.
After the glue is dry, I add some
Glossy Accents to give
the hat some depth.
I place some spacers
behind the hat so it really
stands out when I glue it to the doll.
I sewed a running stitch
on to a folded strip of fabric,
then I pull the thread and
adjust the skirt until
it fits the doll's hips.
Then, I added some trim
to the skirt and glued
it in place.
Next, I added some trim to her
shoulder and of course
some red gems would look great too!
A little Sparkle Mod Podge on
the shoes looks great.
Next, I cut out two little velvet hearts
to glue to each shoe.