December 7, 2007

Matroshka Card

Matroshka, or Russian Stacking Dolls are suddenly popping up all over craft-land. Just check out all these great Etsy items under the tag "Russian Doll". I decided to try my hand at the Matroshka trend with a papercraft translation.


I used the above photo as inspiration for my work... especially for how to "paint" the face. The card base design was easy enough. After I folded the card to size I drew in one side of the shape, cut it out, and used the piece I trimmed off as a template to trace the opposite side of the doll. The circles for the belly and face were formed with various punches and my colluzle.

The base of the card is Kraft Paper, and confetti white was used for the belly and face. The red paper is actually a flocked paper by an unknown maker. The stamps used in this project are from the set "Heart to Heart" and "Designer Dots" by Lizzie Anne Designs. I used Night of Navy and Real Red ink.

The face was drawn with a variety of SU! markers, the white "painted" look to the face was achieved with a White Sakura Glaze pen. It's sort of cool how it picked up the color of the ink underneath... not a look that would always be desired, but it works well with this project. I especially like how it changed colors on the flowers. It has that look of the real hand painted Matroshka. Plus it's 3D... ya gotta love a touchable card.


And a reminder... as a little gift to all my regular readers... especially those who leave comments... I have three little holiday stamping kits put together... Some adorable Christmas $1 stamps, KI Memories 8X8 papers and Christmas ribbons. I thought it'd be fun to pick three comments randomly from all the posts in November and December... and on the 12th I will pick three of them randomly to send a little gifty! You will receive them in plenty of time for Christmas... they would be perfect to make gift tags with! So feel free to leave on a comment on any post on December or November to participate. It's not too late! Again... I will select the winners on 12/12. Be sure to check back to see if you won!

Thanks for reading!

18 comments:

Jana Weaver said...

I LOVE this card! What a wonderful job you did of painting her face. It's perfect!! I love the Russian nesting dolls...and this card is such a wonderful representation of them!

Sonya Kyle said...

What a beautiful, fun card. You did a great job. I remember when a friend of mine went to Russia and brought back a Matroshka. It was so beautiful. This card brings back very good memories.

angie said...

Wow, Sarah, this is beautiful! What a cool idea, and you did an Amazing job with it!!

Cheryl said...

Wow!!! What a great job you did. I can't believe how terrific her face turned out. It must have taken you hours to do this.
Talent abounds!!!
Cheryl Sims

Erin K said...

Sarah, this is AMAZING. :)

Tiffany said...

Oh this is so beautiful. I used to live in Russia as and LDS Missionary and seeing this makes me miss the people so bad. You did such a great job.

Patti said...

Wow! Your card is fabulous!! I have a set of those dolls. They used to be my Mom's. Very beautiful work with the card! :)

Cloiea said...

This is a WOW card! The detail is fantastic!!!

Debbie/StudioBeeCreations said...

Sarah!...this is ABSOLUTELY a wonderful piece of ART!...Just STUNNING!

stampqueen said...

That Russian Doll is sooo awesome!!!! I have about 15 of the stacking dolls from Russia that I got when we were stationed in Gemany from a Russian gentleman that would bring them from Russia to the Military Base Christmas fair.
great card!!!

Andrea said...

Sarah! I am speachless. It's just so lovely!

Karrie Baker said...

This is too cute, I love it!

Andrea R said...

I've been lurking for months, enjoying your cards. :)

Angel Wilde said...

Oh my gosh.... I wish I could draw. This is the cutest. I have some of these dolls sitting on my desk. How funny!

Cathrine StClair said...

Wow! What a wonderful project - great use of inspiration.

carole (TruCarMa) said...

This is so innovative and fun -- and your face is just perfectly painted! I just saw a bunch of these dolls in a store yesterday and even considered buying a set -- why, I don't know, but your card is now making me wish I had. Bravo, Sarah!

MANDEE said...

WOW! This is great, I just stumbled across your blog and am sooo glad I did!

bethtrue said...

Love this card - you did such a great job with imitating the Russian doll face/look. Love it!! Thanks for sharing another great idea!!