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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