Happy Birthday Barbie

Holy cow! Can you believe Barbie is 60 today? She has experienced more in the past 60 years than any of us could ever dream of doing in an entire lifetime. To help Barbie celebrate her big day, I created this paper sculpture to display in my family’s “Dream House.”

Barbie Paper Sculpture by Curt R. Jensen

Have you ever wondered how I make one of these paper sculptures? I start by sketching my idea on paper and then illustrating it in Adobe Illustrator.

Barbie Vector Illustration by Curt R. Jensen

Once I am happy with the overall flat art, I break the illustration down and create the cut files for either my Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Maker. For a project like this, I love using the Cricut’s new Scoring Wheel. It creates precise score lines and makes folding the die cut paper so easy!

To display my paper art, I love the Ribba shadow box frames from Ikea. They are 10″ x 10″ and are 1.75″ deep.

Barbie Paper Sculpture by Curt R. Jensen

I thought it was appropriate to showcase Barbie in her original 1959 black & white swimsuit. My daughters love that I placed her white sunglasses in her hand and gave her dangling gold hoop ear rings.

The only thing missing from this shadow box is a slice of birthday cake!!! Happy Birthday, Barbie!


Supplies used to make Barbie

12″ x 12″ Textured Cardstock:

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