Monday, June 21, 2010
I love this. I absolutely love this. Of all the crafts I've made for my children, this is my favorite. Silhouettes are simple, affordable, and timelessly classy.
1. Take a profile photo of your child in front of a sunny window.
This provides a nice contrast of light and dark and helps define which line you'll follow as you cut.
2. If you're making more than one silhouette, use photo editing software to make busts the same size.
Since my photo editing software is pretty bare bones, the easiest way for me to do this was to open my photos side by side, set them to be cropped to the same size (5x7), and zoom in and out until the heads looked approximately the same size.
3. Print photo onto regular computer paper.
4. Using double-sided tape, adhere photo to black cardstock. (see notes below)
Adhere double-sided tape the the back of the photo. Use tape only on the outer edges of the paper. Do NOT use tape on the silhouette area.
Adhere photo to black cardstock.
5. Use an X-Acto knife to cut silhouette.
You're cutting through two layers at the same time - the computer paper with the photo printed on it and the cardstock.
TIP: Add eyelashes for definition. Even if eyelashes are not visible in your photo, your silhouette will look better if your subject has eyelashes to define his or her eyes.
TIP: Pay special attention to hair details in three places: the crown of the head, the forehead (bangs), and the nape of the neck.
My son had some wild hairs sticking out from the back of his head. I did a little artistic editing to smooth them out.
(I hope this doesn't destroy the big reveal at the end of the post, but it's easier to see details on the finished project than in the pictures above.)
6. Remove computer paper and clean up edges, if necessary.
After you've cut your silhouette, remove the computer paper. Use your X-Acto knife or a pair of precision tip scissors to clean up any edges.
7. If you're making multiple silhouettes, trim them to the same height.
Place silhouettes side-by-side on your cutting mat. Here the silhouette on the left is slightly taller than the silhouette on the right.
Use your X-Acto knife and a straight edge to trim height off the bottom of the bust (chest/shoulders).
Voila! Beautiful, aren't they?
If you make one, please leave a link in the comments! I'd love to see your good work. :)