Friday, October 4, 2013

Silhouette Art

A couple weeks ago, I told you all about the map art I made for J's new room.  Today, I am going to show you a few other art projects I have been working on.

For my birthday, I asked my hubby for a Silhouette Cameo.  A Silhouette is similar to a computer printer, but instead of printing, it cuts.  It can cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric, stickers and so much more.  There are even add-on kits that allow you to make your own stamps or etch your own glass.  What???  Etch your own glass?  Serious.  I have only scratched the surface of what this machine is capable of and I am excited to explore it more.

For J's art, I headed on over to the Silhouette Online Store to look for images to download.  I knew I wanted an airplane and a car; I did a quick search and it brought up lots of great options.  I settled on the following two images:  

Once the images were downloaded, I used the Silhouette software to layout my picture.

 One click on the mouse sends the image over to the Silhouette to begin cutting.

Here is a close-up shot where you can see the car that has been cut out of the blue paper.

After carefully peeling the car image off of the cutting mat, I used double-sided tape to mount it onto orange and white chevron scrapbook paper.  I then used one of my thrift store frames to complete the artwork.

And here is a picture of the airplane art I created in the same way:

I love how the final products turned out and can't believe how easy they were to make!  

Here is a preview of  the gallery wall we have planned for J's room.

Do you own a Silhouette or similar cutting machine?  What are some of your favorite projects to do with it?

Update:  Here are a few more pieces of artwork that I created for my daughter's room using the same process.  This time around, I chose to go colorful cutouts on a plain white background.  So simple and easy, but they still make quite a statement!


  1. What a great idea to ask for this for your birthday! Mine's coming up... hmmm... :)

    1. Thank you! It is one of the best presents I have received in a long time! :)

  2. I don't scrapbook or quilt or do any specific craft that would make a Silhouette Cameo a necessity, but you sure just made me want one! I hope the company sends you some accessories or something. This was effective advertising!

    1. Thank you, Carrie! I don't scrapbook either so I was a bit worried that I wouldn't use this Silhouette enough, but in the month I have owned it, I have already used it for so many projects -- making labels, artwork, cutting fabric for a pennant flag banner. It's been great!