Sure, I can use my offspring for various projects and sentimental gifts. Shoot, I can even get them to make something, and no matter how sludge-colored and lumpy it is, my mom will dutifully ooh and ahhh over it, proudly displaying it in a place of honor on her mantle.
But sometimes I want her to make a big deal over my ugly creations.
That's why I set out to make her a silhouette of the kids holding hands. Not because it's ugly, mind you. Silhouettes are classic and graphically modern, and my kids are a-DOR-able, if I do say so myself. Win-win.
* I don't think my kids' creations are ugly, either. They're priceless works of art.*
So, here's what I did.
First, I gathered my materials:
- Black cardstock
- Xacto knife
- Self-healing cutting mat
- Watercolor paper
- Picture frame
2. Once I cut my picture out, I put some tape on the front and placed the photo face-down on the card stock.
3. I drew around the cut-out with pencil...
4. ...lay the paper on the cutting mat, and carefully cut along the pencil lines with my Xacto knife.
5. Pop it in a frame, and you're all done!
Here's the finished cut-out, right-side-up. Even though it turned out well, Will looks like a chunky-monkey compared to Sarah because he's in the foreground of the photo. Next time, I would probably use a picture in which they're standing the same distance from the camera.
Here's the final result, looking pretty professional, I might add. Ready for it's place of honor on the mantle.
Sorry it's late, Mom!