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Mother’s Day is this weekend! Did it sneak up on you guys too? To help you prepare for mom’s special day in Le Papier Studio fashion, we’re sharing a simple tutorial for your very own customized and handmade DIY silhouette card. Sometimes we spend so much time focused on the gift itself when a thoughtful card could be the perfect finishing touch – Heck, she may even prefer your heartfelt words over new pjs or flowers. It’s the little things…
Begin by tracing the outlines of your family members on the printed photo with a Sharpie marker. Once complete, layer the cardstock on top of the photo and use a light table (or hold your photo up to a window like I did) to trace the outline of the silhouettes with a pencil. The thick Sharpie lines drawn on beforehand will help to make the silhouettes stand out during this step.
Next, grab your watercolor paints and pick a color. I went with a simple ombre effect in my mom’s favorite color – blue. I started by using an uneven ratio of paint on the outside figures (lots of pigment with a tiny bit of water), and added more water to the paint as I moved inward. Once each person was painted, I added a little bit more water to my brush to blend and blur the lines between each silhouette.
To make my silhouettes a little more pronounced and crisp, I waited until the paint was dry (about an hour) and then went back over the pencil lines with the black Sharpie marker.
After that, I added a simple “Happy Mother’s Day!” to the white space at the top of the card and dubbed it finished. My sister and I can’t wait to fill the inside of the handmade card with all the reasons why we love our mom!
In case I don’t get to tell everyone over the weekend, I wish you the happiest of Mother’s Days! –Carrie