Before we get started today, it might be a good idea to take a refresher and read yesterday’s post about how to use your Photoshop Elements software to transform a humdrum photo into a snazzy silhouette. Today I’m going to show you how to kick things up a notch by cutting out the same silhouettes you created with your Cricut!
I’ve mentioned the Sure Cuts A Lot software quite a few times before (see the post here for another great project idea using your bug). When I purchased the software, I was impressed with one of the selling points being the fact that by converting any image file to a scalable vector graphic (SVG) format, you can then use your Cricut and SCAL software to cut it out. The sky is really the limit to what you can do here! Until I created my first round of silhouettes, I hadn’t ever had a project that made me want to figure the whole conversion process out, but I couldn’t shake the thought of how incredibly handy (and downright cool) it would be to have the ability to cut out my childrens’ silhouettes with my Cricut. Think of the possibilities! So, I did some digging and found out exactly how it’s done.
In Inkscape, open your saved JPEG silhouette image. Click on your image to select it (arrows will appear around the perimeter of your photo).
To create the tabletop photo vignette that I posted here and shared in yesterday’s post, all that was required was cutting out the silhouettes in my desired size to fit in my frame (which I purchased at Walmart for just $5). I then cut a piece of white cardstock to fit in the frame and adhered my silhouettes to it so each would be centered in its respective “nook.” I took some scrapbooking stickers I had on hand to spell out each child’s initials, and I used a heart sticker and smaller stickers indicating the year to fill in the fourth slot. After everything was adhered to the cardstock, I slipped it into the frame, and I was all set!
I had planned today to share my step-by-step for creating some darling silhouette wall plaques, but I think we all might be on systems overload after this photo- and information-laden post! Let’s pick up where we left off later this week, shall we?