Monday, February 9, 2009

Valentine Silhouettes

I've been wanting to do silhouettes of my kids for quite a while now ... Valentine's Day seemed the perfect time to make cute cards for the grandparents. [look away Grammies!]
I wrote "Grandparents are a gift from God" across the top and signed each child's name under their portrait. [I brushed these out in this photo.]

I think if you google silhouettes, you'll find loads of ways to make them, but here's what I did. Snapped a profile photo of each child against a solid color background. And it might take a lot of snaps if you have toddlers! :-) Then in Photoshop I converted to grayscale and increased the contrast so the outline of their heads became more noticeable. Used the magnetic lasso to go around and 'select' the whole shape I wanted. Then stroke or fill that in with black or whatever color you choose. Now I have it digital and can print on any kind of paper or resize as necessary.

15 comments:

Amydeanne said...

these are so lovely... i'd have to figure out how to stick 4 on there though! lol
I'm sure they appreciate it! :)

Lora said...

What a precious card!! I know my kiddos' grandparents would love one. I think I'll try it this week! Thanks for sharing.

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Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Love that you are sending it to grandparents. They'll love it, at least mine would. they are awesome.

Heather said...

I love it!!! I just bookmarked this post so I can try it later! you are too smart!!!

Heather
www.thegiftcloset.blogspot.com

Christina said...

How clever! I just sent our photo valentines to grandparents, but I'll save up this idea for next year!

Christine said...

What a fun blog this was to visit! She really has some fun ideas for sure!

tara @ kidz said...

I am so loving that card and your blog. You totally deserve to be spotlighted!

Scrappytbear said...

too cool an idea :)

Livin' the Yeh Life! said...

I love this! I, too, have been wanting to do silhouettes for a while! Thanks for the lovely tip!

Carla said...

WOW! Thank you for sharing this:)

Lora said...

We made these this week! I posted about it today. Thanks again for such a great idea!

Jinglebritches said...

Great idea! Now if I can just remember to do it for next year!

3XMom said...

love this idea! I am so going to try this for V-day this year!

PS~Erin said...

These turned out so cute! I would like to make a silhouette of each kiddo to frame. I can't wait to do it, if I can get my toddler to cooperate! Thanks for the easy-to-follow instructions.

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