Saturday, September 24, 2011

Silhouette Congratulations

All the silhouette images that are popping up in patterns and embellishments remind of back in the day when we would get those photos taken or sketched out of our side profiles. I remember going to a friends house and distinctly remembering her and her siblings silhouettes all framed and on the wall. What a funny trend to me. Why would you want to preserve a silhouette like that? Why not just do a regular photo so you can see the actual features of the face and such? Alas, like most things, it was a trend... a fad... it looked cool to have them hanging in your house. And, I admit, it was kind of fun to guess who was who.

I had to giggle when I first saw silhouettes appearing in the paper crafting world. I giggled with the mustache thing (still don't get that one) and I giggle again with this one. However... there are some really cool ideas and thoughts on how to use these, heritage (as I like to refer to them) type embellishments. For example, Hambly Studios has some beautiful silhouette rub-ons. When I first got them, I was a bit apprehensive because I went back into my time warp of early 80's and seeing them on the walls again. But I got some new eyes. I figured, these can be timeless! What's old is new! Right?

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Rub-ons: Hambly Studios, Bling: Kaisercraft, Stamp: Fiskars, Ink: Versafine, Other: tissue paper

For this card I decided to let the silhouette and fancy frame do the talking. I added a piece of tissue paper and bling to make a veil and stamped the sentiment. Super simple and yet elegant. That's what a silhouette can bring. A touch of elegance to any project!

I shared this layout before but thought I would show, again, how I used the silhouette on here...

Supplies: All from September Kit at SFTIO

It adds something so classic to the layout. Or should I say classy? 
Have you dared to try using silhouettes on your projects? Did you grow up in the same generation I did when these were all the rage? And did you actually have one??? (I might have...) *giggle*


2 comments:

Audrey Pettit said...

I think the silhouettes are very cool. They remind me of victorian era cameos, and yes, I remember the era of framed silhouette pictures, too. :) I just think they are a very fun perspective. Love that layout of yours. And the card is just fabulous. So classy and elegant. Love how you added a veil. Really cool, Melissa!

sutty said...

I like the cameos (do they count as silhouettes?) and I am with you on the moustaches :) Love the card and the LO - might see if I can sneak a silhouette onto one of mine.