Thursday, February 9, 2012

New wall of boys!

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 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!

1 comment:

  1. What an amazing project! I wish I had such cute boys here to use for models!


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