If you are a True Blood fan, this Sunday may be one of the most anticipated Sundays for you all year long! Trubies all over the world are rubbing their hot little hands together crazy excited to finally be getting some more of Sookie and her paranormal friends. I am one of those people!
So, I was stumbling around the internet and I happened on the most amazing thing I had seen in a while… True Blood paper dolls. Say what?! Not only that, they are awesomely and painstakingly created by Andy Swist. The detail is amazing and each doll features clothes that you probably recognize from a show or two. Just to think that somebody loves the show enough to make these and loves the fan base enough to share them with the community for free personal use is really awesome! Thanks Andy!
I started printing them when I realized that I don’t have much need for paper dolls. Besides I’d lose half of them and their accessories in less than 24 hours. But, if they stuck to something, well, that would be a whole ‘nother thing entirely, wouldn’t it? Long story short: I made these killer dolls into the coolest refrigerator magnets you have ever seen! Good news is, you can, too!
Andy’s created twelve characters for your pleasure: Sookie Stackhouse, Eric Northman, Bill Compton, Alcide Hervaux, Lafayette Reynolds, Pam, Russell Edgington, Jason Stackhouse, Jessica Hamby, Tara Thornton, Joyt Fortenberry and Sam Merlotte. PLUS – there’s also two full pages of extras!
For this project, you’ll need to download the paper doll art over at Andy’s fansite. Take a look around while you’re there – he’s a HUGE fan and there’s a lot going on there that you might really be into! You’ll also need: self adhesive magnetic sheeting (you can buy a roll for around $10 at craft stores), scissors, black marker and Mod Podge(optional).
STEP 1: Print out the PDF for the paper dolls onto thicker than average paper like cardstock or – if you’re crazy serious – have them professionally printed like I did :)
Cut around the shapes for each doll and their clothes/accessories. I suggest not cutting up more than one sheet at a time to prevent any confusion/lost bits. Cut a similar shape out of your magnet – making sure that the entire shape will have magnet backing (you can cut around the paper cut out if you aren’t comfortable eye-balling it).
STEP 2: Peel away the paper off of the top of the magnet and slap your printed piece onto the sticky surface (with your image facing up, of course).
Carefully trim away the excess paper and magnet.
STEP 3: Finish up each piece by running a black marker around the edges to make each piece nice and clean looking. Also use the marker to touch up any place where the paper may have gotten marred by your scissors while cutting. You can also run some Mod Podge around the edges to protect and seal them if you’d like.
You can also label the back of each piece with the name of the character. This might come in handy when trying to locate a pair of pants – but I mostly did it so that guests can flip them over and see what goes with whom – instead of asking.
Isn’t my Eric magnet awesome? He may be lonely now, but he’s soon to have the company of 11 of his friends – but seeing as how I want each magnet to be absolutely PERFECT (and I don’t want to ruin $22 worth of printing) I’m going to take my time with each and every doll! Have a great weekend Trubies!
Be sure to stop by Andy’s fansite and say thanks for creating and allowing us to use these awesome goodies!!! Plus you have to check out “Bloodwork!” a weekly video blog featuring Andy and Brian Juergens. It’s a great complement for your True Blood addiction!Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website