I finally finished it! I've had this idea in my head ever since I saw this post from Becky Higgins and this post from Nichole Heady. I wanted to combine the two into a wall of my boys that can change as they age. The idea has finally come to life! Here's the finished project:
I used this set from Pear Head for the hand prints. The colors were perfect for me and if I ordered two sets, I had enough to send my mother 5 canvases for her 5 grandsons...talk about perfect! The silhouettes were made with Papertrey Ink black cardstock. I'll give you a brief idea of how it was done.
First, you need a profile picture! I wish I would have taken the pictures where there was enough light but not so much that there was a major shadow "halo" around their head. Oh well, they worked! Here's my eldest son's picture:
Next, I opened the picture in Photoshop Elements, auto corrected it, and converted it to black and white.
I then used the Quick Selection Tool to select the background and delete it.
I did a little fine tuning with the eraser and then used the Paint Bucket tool to fill the silhouette with black. He looks SO much like my brother...WOW!
I did this with the rest of the boys' pictures and arranged them all on an 8.5" x 11" page so each would be approx 4" x 6". It looked like this:
I printed this image out and put some adhesive on the back, sticking it to my cardstock. Using some small scissors, I cut out each image. I removed the printer paper and affixed the image to a piece of 4" x 6" white cardstock which looked like this:
Finally, I framed them and put them on the wall with the hand prints! Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed this post!