Take a whimsical detour from traditional holiday decor this year and try a new, whimsical approach! My whimsical Christmas mantel is brimming with fun DIY details to inspire you.
Beth, feel free to grab this button to display on your blog if you would like!
Once you’ve completed the steps above, insert your finished vignette into your open frame. (Meaning: leave the glass out!) Part of the charm of this project is the dimension of the various layers, and you don’t want to obscure that with a boring ol’ piece of glass.
- If you are doing a grouping of silhouettes as I have done here, I recommend creating and saving each individual silhouette as a jpeg, then copying each of those images into a new blank document to create your grouping to print out. That way, if you want to go back later down the road and work with each silhouette individually, you’ll be able to do so without any hassle.
- It is my own personal preference to add extra dimension by stacking the foam dots in two’s, but you can most certainly use just one dot in each space if you would like.
- To add stability to your finished project, I recommend adhering your finished vignette to the frame’s glass before framing. If you want to use the frame for another purpose later down the road, you won’t kick yourself for having thrown it out. 😉
I’ll be sharing this at these marvelous parties!
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? 🙂
Good Monday morning!
Open your photo of choice in PS or PSE.
Create a duplicate layer.
- layer > duplicate layer > ok
- or right click on background layer in layers palette > duplicate layer > ok
With the background copy of your photo selected, look in the layers palette to the dropdown menu at the top left (the default setting is “normal”). From this dropdown menu, select “vivid light” (this will adjust the lighting to draw your subject out from the background).
Flatten your image. To do this, right click on one of the layers in your layers palette and select “flatten image.”
Using your magnetic lasso tool, carefully go around the outline of your subject.
- Tip: Your eraser tool is your friend here. If your lasso tool is outlining features or shadows you don’t want, simply “erase” those things from the photo and try again.
After the desired portion of your image is selected (with the marching ants circling your the selected portion), delete your selection.
With the marching ants still circling the now deleted silhouette portion of your image, use your paint bucket tool to fill the deleted portion in with black or your color of choice.
Delete the selected portion of the image, which is the portion of the photo surrounding your color-filled silhouette.
- Hint: If you aren’t happy at this point with the way your silhouette is outlined, simply use your eraser and paint tools to erase or fill in certain areas to achieve your desired look.
Crop your image as desired and save as a jpeg to use in your craft and home decor projects!
Once step 10 is complete, you will be left with a silhouette of your chosen color on a white background. If you want to change the background color, you can use your magic wand tool to select the white part of the image, then fill the area using your paintbucket tool in the color you desire. To change the color of the actual silhouette at this point, choose select > inverse, then fill in with your paint bucket tool in the color you desire.
For my mom’s belated birthday, I used this process to make silhouette images of all of her grandchildren, and I then printed them out onto cardstock to make these little jewels. Wouldn’t a set of these make a great Mother’s Day gift?
Time to party!