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Trendwatch: Scrapbooking in Silhouette


Silhouettes are appearing once again in home decor as well as in scrapbooking and paper crafting projects. This would be a great little project to show a child’s development.  i.e.  take their photo in profile over a period of time and then turn the profiles into silhouettes.  They could be nicely displayed on a set of small canvases for their room. See below for a bit more detail on creating a stencil.

Here are a few ideas to get you inspired to try it out!

If you missed our 3 part series on Scrapbooking Trends in 2008 with comments from celebrity scrapbookers, please find the posts here, here and here.

This silhouette (at left) is made from felt with a fabric designed background. The designer is The Solitary Thread.

Jenny B from Allsorts made this sweet bunny silhouette design in Photoshop using a downloadable kit from allsortsbunnysilhouette.jpgKingpod. See Jenny’s design at right.

You can click here to get instructions by Anna Maria Horner on a project she demonstrated while on the Martha Stewart show a little while ago. The project is to create a silhouette on a stretched canvas frame out of fabric using paint to fill in the background. The same effect could easily be had using printed paper. Photo is shown below left.

Another pretty silhouette project is shown below right. These were made by Shabby Vintage Mom. Love the polka-dotted one! You can go to her Etsy shop here.

marthastewartannamariahornersilhouetteproject.jpg shabbyvintagemomsilhouettes.jpg


You can easily get the silhouette look by stenciling a shape using black paint or ink. Heidi Swapp has some nice silhouette shapes available in mask form. (The reverse of a stencil). Shown below is “Damask” and “Bird Branch.”

heidiswappminimaskdamask.jpg heidiswappminimaskbirdbranch.jpg

Another way of creating a silhouette, is to hold up a photo of a person against a window or light box and trace it onto a piece of paper. From here, take your pattern and create your own stencil or mask by using a craft knife to cut it out of a transparency, waxed paper or even chipboard (if your image doesn’t have a lot of detail). Any of these materials should last you a few goes at it with paint.

If you have a silhouette project you’d like to share with ScrapScene readers, please send us an email at scrapscene!

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One Comment

  1. Brooke
    February 26th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Thanks for all the fun ideas about silhouettes! I love them!
    I found another etsy shop with some really cute silhouette tags here:

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