Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Silhouettes with my new Cricut

Richard and I have been having so much fun playing with our new Cricut. To use the Cricut you have to have special cartridges that are kinda like memory cards with certain images on each one. If you want some new image, you have to buy a new cartridge - which cost somewhere in the $80 each department. So rather than invest all kinds of money into cartridges, my computer-savvy hubby bought me a computer software that can turn any image into a basic shape that the Cricut can cut out. So now we never have to buy the expensive cartridges!

One of my first thoughts when Richard explained how the software works was "silhouettes!". I've wanted silhouettes of the kids for a long time. I even know where I'll hang them. But it's a lot of work to do it all by hand. Yesterday for Family Home Evening we took profile pics of the kids and then as soon as those kids were in bed, we got to work. It turned out that the software (which, by the way, is called Sure Cuts Alot 2) couldn't quite handle all the work by itself. So it turned into a collaborative effort between Richard on his computer using Photoshop and me on my computer using Sure Cuts Alot. In the end it worked!!!! It took so long that we only got one done last night, but look!

That's my little Asher's silhouette! Look at his cute little nose and chin. I just love it! I can't wait to do the other kids' and get them framed.

8 comments:

erica said...

I knew it was Asher before you said it - just by the darling profile! very cool!

Jess said...

Stoppin' by from TCB, I love that...wish I was saavy enough with photoshop to do that!

angela michelle said...

love it nancy! those are so precious!

Lynette said...

I got my Cricut in July and a couple of weeks later got SCAL - never looked back at the carts! I wish I was more proficient with Inkscape or something but I love my cricut! Go check out dafonts[dot]com - you can download tons of fonts from there! That's where I got the font for my banner I linked today!

Good Luck and Happy New Year!

Oh - love the silhouettes, by the way!

Joye @ The Joyeful Journey said...

Wow! I need a cricut!! : ) I've been doing silhouettes the old fashioned way for some time now! Yours turned out beautifully!

Jessica said...

That is really cool. My mom and sister use sure-cuts-a-lot 2, too, and love it...they use it for cake decorating, though LOL...not sure my mom has ever cut paper with hers :)

Jessica said...

What a great insight for those who own a cricut!!

Elieson Family said...

So cool Nancy!