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Silhouette Tutorial

Being from a large family you are bound to have multiple siblings expecting at the same time. Hilary and I (Sami) are both expecting in/around early July.  And…with babies come baby showers. Hilary’s is first since we are going with the ever popular Gender Reveal Party theme.  Our dearest sister has chosen to go with bows and mustaches.  She and her husband are also true country folks.  It’s cute and so apparent that even the 7 year old niece noticed their love for the cow-person way of life with the following statement this evening… “Even Mia has fancy cowgirl boots, have you seen them?!”

With that said, this tutorial will show you the step-by-step process in creating cowboy and cowgirl silhouettes (to be used on the sign-in table) and the bows and mustache silhouettes (to be used for the center pieces).  **Disclaimer, please forgive for the blurry pictures.  From one step to the other I had the older-wiser sister, Danielle, shouting, “WAIT – BLOG PIC!!”  Between the shakes from her starling shrill and the “not so great light” of her kitchen, I captured for you what I could.**

Enjoy!

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Let’s begin with the cowboy and cowgirl silhouettes.  They actually have become my favorite thing thus far.  The first thing you will need to do is select the silhouette you wish to use.  Once you have that selected, printed, and cut out you are ready to begin making it “cutesy”.  Danielle and I selected the paper from our favorite store, Hobby Lobby (or as the padre calls it – Hobby Hut).  You will also need scissors and a pen. Don’t you just LOVE my Camp Rock scissors?  Lilli and Reagan were so kind to share with me!

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To avoid having unwanted lines on the “pretty side” of my paper, I flipped the paper over and traced the silhouette.  This allowed some wiggle room for any errors.  Just remember, if you are wanting your silhouette to be facing a certain direction, this option might not be available to you.  If that is the case, I would suggest using a pencil so you can erase any stray lines (sorry, the 5th grade teacher can’t help but make an appearance).

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Next, taking your scissors, cut out around your image.  For the lovely areas that might be too delicate for your scissors, an exact-o knife, or in my case utility knife, will serve the purpose.  I highly suggest a cutting board/mat of some sort.  With a steady hand, have at it.

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Once your silhouette has been created, you are ready to frame the lovely work of art.  Adhere the silhouette to a piece of card stock that has been cut to the size of your frame. Since my husband is a Jr. High football coach and buys card stock by the ream, we always have some around the house.  I am actually thinking about purchasing stock in the stuff.  If you do not have some lying around the house, a piece of printer paper will suffice, though you might want to double up so it is not as transparent.  I liked the “3-D look” that taping the silhouette to the card stock created, but feel free to glue away, if you wish.  (Truth be told, I also did not have any glue in my house at the time…) Once your silhouette and card stock/paper are connected, you are ready to place it in the frame.  And voila, silhouette complete.

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Darling, right?!

Now for the bows and mustaches.  This process is very similar.  Your first step is selecting the image you would like to trace.  Once you have that selected, you will need to gather your other supplies.  For our adventure we needed pink and blue card stock (the coach only allows us to keep plain white on hand…for some reason he is not into carrying around his weekly plays on colored card stock…?).  You will also need your frame, pen or pencil, and scissors.  If you should have delicate areas like our cowboy and cowgirl, you might need your exact-o knife/utility knife and hard cutting surface.

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Now, we get to venture back to grade school and cut out our template.  Trace your template as many times as you might need.  In this case we need 3 bows and 3 mustaches.  Once you have them traced, cut each out.

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**Insert apology for the blurry picture.  Danielle nearly had a heart attack at this point because I almost forgot to capture this step in a photo.**

Again, adhere the silhouette to the card stock/printer paper. Once you have attached these items, you are free to place them in their appropriate homes, err frame.

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And….you’re finished!  Now, to find a use for these adorable creations.  For us, husband and I are in the process of putting Baby K’s nursery together.  I have a feeling that there will be a number of framed silhouettes adorning the walls of our gender-neutral nursery. The possibilities are endless.

Get creative and have fun!

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