Korba Paper Doll Instructions Designed by Cheri Carlson
I grew up in a neighborhood full of girls. Our names were common; Cindy, Laura, Joanie, Carrie and Cheri. When we played dolls, we would compete to come up with the most exotic names for our dolls. The more syllables the better. And then there was Korba. Sensitive to the fact that her own name was unique, time after time, year after year her doll was named Susy. Now, as an adult, I have the pleasure of making crafts and jewelry for a living! When I started on this project, I found myself thinking of Korba and telling stories of those fun and formative days. And as usual my doll needed a beautiful and exotic name. Thanks for the inspiration Korba!
These Mommy and Me paper dolls are meant to inspire. Yours can be as simple or as ornate as you wish. You can help with the cutting, crimping and using the Bejeweler. Don't know how to sew? Skip it and glue on some beads and glitter. It is a great project for sharing different crafting skills with your child. We used rubber stamps, paper, rubber cord, pewter charms and some findings to put this paper doll together. We used paper from Scrap Pad to Go, dollhouse for the dress and white card stock for the face. You can use any paper you like and mix and match the stamp sets for your own unique paperdoll.
Step one: Use the dress stamp from the Be Bold rubber stamp set to stamp two dresses. And a face stamp from the Wow rubber stamp set. Cut them out with scissors. We used color pencils to the color our dress and face, you can use crayon, ink, paint, whatever you wish. One of the dresses will be used as the back to sandwich the head, arms and legs, so you only need to color one of the dresses but you can do both if you like.
Step two: For the arms and legs cut four 1¼ inch pieces of 2mm watermelon rubber by the foot. Use Quick Hold craft adhesive to attach a fine silver plated 2mm round endcap to both ends of all four pieces of rubber. Set aside to dry.
Step three: Attach a sterling silver 4.05mm open jump ring to a pewter little hand charm and connect it to a rubber arm. Connect a 5.35mm jump ring to the other end of the arm. Repeat for the other hand.
Step four: Attach a 5.35mm jump ring to a pewter cowboy boot charm and connect it to a rubber leg. Repeat with the other boot.
Step five: Lay the extra or back dress flat. Use Quick Hold craft adhesive to attach the legs and head to the back. The neck on the face that we chose is skinny, if you like you can strengthen it by gluing a piece of a toothpick to the back. Attach the jump ring on each arm where the shoulder should be so that half of the jump ring will be sandwiched in the dress and the other half will be exposed. Apply more adhesive down the side edges of the dress and place the front dress on top to sandwich all the components inside. Allow to dry. We used a bead stopper on each side of the dress to keep it in place while the adhesive dried.
Approximate size: 4¼ inches Estimated time: Under one hour Difficulty level: Beginner
Tools Used: Chain nose pliers (TOOL-106) Quick hold craft 2oz tube (GLUE-002) Bead stopper - 6-piece pack (BEADSTPR) Be bold rubber stamp set (RSTAMP002) Wow rubber stamp set (RSTAMP012) Scrap Pad to Go - dollhouse (PPR-0014)
List of Components: Pewter cowboy boot charm (PW-CH0261, qty 2) Pewter little hand charm (PW-CH0270, qty 2) 2mm watermelon rubber by the foot (RF-WAT2, qty 1) 2mm round endcap fine silver plated (SP-ENDCAP20, qty 6) Sterling silver open jump ring (0.75 x 4.05mm) (SS-OJR30-C, qty 2) Sterling silver open jump ring (0.75 x 5.35mm) (SS-OJR30-F, qty 4)