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!