How simple is this? Long before cameras, only the rich could afford to have their portrait painted. A silhouette profile cut from black paper was the most affordable way to record a person’s appearance. Nowadays, with hundreds of pics at our fingertips, why not choose a few favorites to create your own family heirloom or keepsake gift? Capture family memories with this fresh spin on a classic art form. It’s so easy to do…just trace, cut and paste!
Tools and Materials
Frame (I used mini-frames)
Black Cardstock Paper
Scrapbook Specialty Sheets
Double-Sided Tape or Glue Stick
Decorative Stickers/Lettering (optional)
Black fine-tip Sharpie
- Choose a favorite old photo or shoot a new one. For a profile, position your subject against a bright background. Edit the photo to black & white and increase the contrast.
- Create a template. There are two ways to do this: a) If you have a printer, simply print the photo and cut it out to use as your template; or b) Place tracing paper over the photo on your iPad or device and outline your subject. Cut it out to use as your template. Tip: Make your template as detailed or as simple as you like. Larger silhouettes look best with more detail.
- Lay the template on black cardstock paper and trace around it with a white pencil. Cut out the entire shape; then trim the edges to achieve the shape/details you’d like.
- Create the background. Trim a scrapbook sheet to fit the size of your frame backing; fix it to the backing with double-sided tape or a glue stick.
- Add your silhouette and any decorative details you’d like. Fix it in place with double-sided tape or glue. Finish it with a frame and enjoy!