Creating A Silhouette

Jun 27, 2011

I had no idea how many people would be asking me how I made this silhouette that I decided today was the perfect day to show you. This technique is really easy to do and doesn’t take too much time. First you want to print a photo to the desired size you need. For the project above (part of my Cocoa Daisy Sneak Peek) I printed my photo to a 5″ x 7″. This left me with a silhouette the size of approximately 5″ x 5.25″.

Note: I printed the photo in black and white so not to waste my color ink.

Once you have the photo printed, using scissors and a craft knife cut and remove the photos background. All you want are the images of the people. Next, using a pencil trace around the photo onto a dark colored cardstock.

Using a craft knife cut around the traced image on the cardstock. Now, Place the photo image on top of the cut out silhouette. Using the craft knife make cuts through the photo image and the cardstock to accent the clothes, chin, arms, hands and hair.

Note: You will need to push a bit harder than normal when using the craft knife as you need to go through both the photo and the cardstock.

Here you can see how I accented the the areas on my silhouette. I love how it turned out and plan on doing this with other photos in the near future.

Have fun!

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  • LoriC

    I have got to start a list of “Lisa Pace Things To Do”. I love this idea, especially since my baby is going to be a teenager next year! I find myself looking back a lot lately and this would be a great project for me. I also will have to go rob my son’s “collection” of empty casings to make me some vases too. Loved that idea too. See….I need to make a list!

  • mel mccarthy

    This is completely brilliant. Love the way you cut detailed lines in & how we can all do it with affordable tools! Thanks so much for the gorgeous inspiration!

  • janbythesea_1

    Greetings Lisa,

    Yup you did it again, INSPIRATION! I hace been on a cameo kick as of late ..lots of product time or energy ..YET! The silhouettes have caught my eye as well and I seen this one the other day..want to make it! My Chihuahua has a birthday coming up.. I wonder if it will work with her little features? We will see.

    Thanks again for another grand project idea.



  • Rosette

    c’est astucieux, merci.