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Make a silhouette card

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An all-paper card made with a portrait of the children! A simple creation that each child can personalise with their own silhouette, colours and message written on the back.

An original card to give and very simple to make!









How were the first silhouettes made?

Drawing the profile of your entourage was very common in the 18th century.

A machine was even invented for this purpose; although in fact it was more of a method:
the model was placed near a screen and on the other side a candle projected their shadow, the artist could draw the outline of the shadow on the screen and get a faithful silhouette of the model.


Drawing the profile


Print the portrait of each child (about 6 x 9 cm), the photo should be taken in profile and on a light background so that the outline of the face stands out well.

Directly on the photo, trace the outline of the portrait with a black marker and colour the profile all in black.



Cutting the profile


Draw a circle of about ten centimetres around the profile and cut it out.





Creating the frame


In the coloured paper, cut a slightly larger circle than that of the profile, about 12 cm and paste the profile in the centre.




Cutting the kraft paper


To decorate the outline of the card cut small rectangles (about 1.5 x 3.5 cm) into the kraft paper, to save time cut several layers of paper at a time.




Finishing touches


Stick the kraft rectangles on the back of the circle.

To finish the card, cut a circle in the white paper (about 11 cm), and paste it on the back, which will cover the base of the fringes and allow you to write a message.





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Canson® Kraft Paper

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