Talking paper doll: bright Linda

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Since the creation of my chatty circle-based paper dolls (all 9 of them), I’ve been hoping to sophisticate their appearances and squeeze some small talk into their speech bubbles. I’ve come up with a few that make me smile and will share all of them with you soon. Let me start the ball rolling with…Linda.

Linda, spotting a fascinator and sunshades

Keep calm and wear sunglasses!

When I decided to go with orange hair, I also decided to go a little wild, giving her big side hair, a fascinator and oversized sunshades.

The paper scraps form a nest for the birdie.

Just like the dolls made previously, I die cut the circles using a circle die that comes in a set of 8 from Sizzix. I used the 5th largest die (diameter 2.5″) for the face and hair. A tape runner was used to adhere the hair. I drew the eyeglasses separately to have it cut it out and used as a stencil to trace onto the doll with a brown colour pencil. I coloured the middle area of the lens with Copic marker E23 Hazelnut. Then finally coat each lens with Glossy Accents so as to give the lenses a smooth glossy raised texture.

A speech bubble was die cut, then I wrote down the words and ran along the edges with a Memento marker. It was adhered onto a strip of transparency that was glued to the back of the doll. I chose a pattern paper for the hat and spruced it up with a bird sticker, rhinestone and thin paper scraps that were attached using white glue and a glue pen.

The fascinators were decorated with bird/cage/butterfly stickers, black rhinestones and sequins.

I made more Lindas to give to a few gals I currently have in mind. Each doll was glued onto a pretty paper straw.

The supplies I had used to make Linda are listed below.


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