Thursday, September 1, 2011

Framed Silhouettes

Today is another wonderful Thankful Thursday Design Team Day over at Crazy About Cricut.  The whole reason for Thankful Thursday is to encourage crafters to get their kids (or the kids in their lives) and craft away!! I absolutely LOVE crafting with my boys... we always have a terrific time!!

The theme this week is "Grandparents" in honor of Grandparents day coming on September 11th, 2011.  My boys wanted to create these super classic silhouette frames for all the grandparents in our lives.

First I took pics of my boys and took out the background using Photoshop (not a necessary step, but I find it makes the next step easier) and then printed them onto copy weight paper.  From here I attached the pictures to black card stock, cut the paper in half and let my boys cut themselves out! :)

This step is easier with the back ground removed from the picture, it makes knowing where to cut easy for the littlest of crafters! :)  This side will become the back of your silhouette.  The black paper you attached to the back of your paper will become the front of your silhouette.

My boys chose the paper from a My Minds Eye paper pack called Stomp (a dinosaur themed pack).  We found some 6" x 6" frames at our local framing shop and created these to fit inside. We cut the bottom layer to 6" x 6", a black layer to 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" and the top green layer to 5 1/2" x 5 1/2". We just used some ATG tape to attach everything together. I added gel pen stitches to the black layer.

Framed up, they sure look cute don't they?!?  To label the boy's picture we printed their names and the date onto white card stock. Using my EK Success Photo Label punch, my boys punched it out.

We used Pristina font.  The labels were matted with some black and some scrap green patterned paper.

They look nice here on my wall... I bet they will look even better on our Grandparent's wall! :)

Please jump over to Crazy About Cricut and take a look at what Jenny and the other Thankful Thursday Designers have come up with.


Annette said...

That is a great idea Cheryl. My parents have pics of my sibs and me when we were little like this still hanging on the wall. I remember Mom had to take it to someone to do. You have just made the process so much easier;)

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

What a wonderful idea. Great you got your kids involved in it also. Had a profile sketch done of my daughter when she was younger.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Anonymous said...

AWESOME!!! We LOVE all of your ideas.

Tanya said...

I TOTALLY love this project!! You and the boys did a GREAT job!!!


Tracy said...

What a GREAT project. I just love these that show how our children grow.
Great job guys!!

Georgiana said...

Fantastic idea for the grandparents. They will love them.

Carson's Creations

Unknown said...

What a great idea, the boys are both so handsome! Their Grandparents are going to love these. Can I lift this idea please? Hugs, Pam at

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

These are awesome! I am super excited to be working with you on the Queen of my craftroom's DT! And thanks for your help!

Melissa said...

Very cute, thanks so much for joining CTO!

Laurie said...

What a great idea!! Thanks for playing with us at CTO!

Lucianna Dilsaver said...

What a fun project to do with your children and such a wonderful gift, really adorable! Thanks for joining us this week @ CTO :)

Amanda said...

What a very neat project! And a wonderful idea!! Great Job!!

Charlotte said...

This is a wonderful project. Using the children to help makes it even more meaningful. Great idea. They turned out perfect.

GiGi said...

This is such a great project! I love that it's actually the boys profiles! Very cool! Thanks for playing at CTO!

girlia said...

This is so cute. I remember doing profiles when I was in kindergarten as a present for my parents. Love this idea for grandparents as well.

Jayne said...

What a great idea.Thanks for joining us at CTO.

Trail of Treasures said...

What a super neat idea Cheryl! I'm sure that the grandparents will adore this! Thanks for celebrating Grandparent's Day with us at CTO!

Tracey - CTO DT member

Jenni said...

This is such an awesome idea! Love that the boys helped out! Great job on the challenge and thanks for joining us over at CTO this week.
Hugs, Jenni

Esther said...

I love these silhouettes!!!
What a super idea, as a grandparent myself I can tell you they will be treasured!
Thanks for joining us at CTO!