What?! Who among us has an unused stamp? Umm...guess that would be me! I LOVE stamps! I seem to collect stamps! ...And, I use stamps...I just haven't used all of them ...YET! But, that is why this challenge is so wonderful! It made me use a stamp I really had forgotten I had!
I looked through my stamps and found one that I fell in love with three years ago when I found it in Arizona. It is a Santos Paper Doll stamp.
I loved this stamp because it is a complete jointed paper doll...head and body, arms, hands, and even a jointed skirt. I love the fact that she can be stationary or free to move...whatever your heart desires!
I stamped the doll onto a heavy manilla folder using Timber Brown Stazon ink. Then I added Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Inks to the shaded areas indicated on the doll. I stamped another torso and the skirt out of one of Tim Holtz' wonderful solid papers from his Lost And Found paper stack. I embossed the torso with the Cuddlebug "textile" folder and used some Antique Gold Rub N' Buff to lightly accent the high areas of the bodice of the dress to give it a "brocade" look. I also highlighted the skirt spokes. All of the joints are put together with antique copper brads.
I then dressed the doll using pieces of antique laces for the bodice of the dress. Her hair piece is also made from antique laces. I added a touch of "bling" to her hairpiece and her bodice. Next I colored a piece of cream lace with a color I made using Tea Dye Refill Distress Ink, Sparkling Sunflower Perfect Pearls and water in a Mini Mister. This became my paper doll's shawl.
I chose to weave a strand of heart lace in and out of the skirt "spokes" because I wanted to make this doll with a bit of a Valentine theme. I sized some vintage Valentine post cards to make a Valentine banner. I inked the edges of the postcards with Vintage Photo and rubbed Rock Candy Stickles over the fronts of the postcards to pop the color...and it did! Then I glued the postcards onto a small piece of red ribbon and intertwined it in the doll's fingers.
For the finishing touch, I colored some small white flowers (from Maya Road) and used the same color spray technique I used on the shawl. The flowers are sprayed with Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick as my Distress Ink colors. I used the flowers in her hairpiece and along the ribbon of the Valentine garland.
Now that I have used this stamp, I am sure that I will use her again! She has so many possibilities!
Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have some fun and make some art! IT'S SOUL FOOD!