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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Spring Silhouettes



I admit it, I've drooled over silhouettes ever since Nie's became so popular. They are just so classy and I love the look they create. I asked my artist husband to paint some for me, I even researched having some created from other amazing etsy shops, but nothing came to fruition...until I decided to revamp my living room. I started with the top of my armoire (that tutorial coming soon!) and then decided I needed to jazz up the wall next to it. It was the perfect spot to put my silhouettes so I got to work! It was so super simple and fun!

I am pretty sure anyone can do this if you have photo editing software.

1. Take a profile picture of your subject against a light background.

2. I googled how to do it and came up with my own method since I don't have the specific software the tutorials referenced. I just needed a few pointers and went from there. Go for it, google 'how to make a silhouette with photoshop' or something like that!

3. I printed my silhouettes on velum in a 4.5 by 5.5 size so it would fit nicely in a 5x7 area.

5. I placed the velum on top of adorable scrapbook paper. I was going to print on the scrapbook paper to begin with but the velum added a muted layer that reduced the business of the decorative paper. It looks really cool in person!

6. Frame it! I still sit on my couch and just stare at the profiles of my cuties. I am amazed at how much the silhouettes really look like my little guy and two gals!

I paid around $5 per frame and had the velum and scrapbook paper on hand. I'm pretty sure you can't even buy a custom silhouette for $15! I'd love to see your creations!





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The Girl Creative
 http://www.thethriftyhome.com

2 comments:

The Prudent Homemaker said...

I've seen lots of silhouettes out there; I LOVE yours. They're very classy!

Amanda said...

Your silhouettes turned out really cute-- love the unique backgrounds!

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