You have lots of them. Images that are outlines only, likely in SVG format ready for cutting and they are great for colouring by hand. What about colouring an outline image in Silhouette Studio and using print and cut? It’s simple and effective, and it’s a technique you can adapt to change the colours of an image too.
I was making a card this week and wanted to change the colours on a PNG image, and that’s how this video came to life. I’ll save recolouring a PNG image for another time as it did get a bit involved. My card example today begins with the simple method; colouring an image that is an outline only. I was only playing around and yet the finished card is one of my favourites this year.
This is a great little project for Christmas, and doesn’t take too long to create. The original ornament is from CraftBundles, and best of all, it’s free.
- I used Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White cardstock from Stampin’ Up, and I do like how well the card prints.
- I added Whisper White and Crushed Curry twine to the ornaments, after punching a hole through with my Big Bite. I wasn’t in the mood to cut the holes with the Cameo and pick up all the little circles afterwards.
- The ornament was my focus so I didn’t fuss to much over the greeting. The word Christmas uses the font Lobster, with an offset outline.
For a change I cut mats from Cherry Cobbler card, and added a white border around the ornament. Usually I make it easy for myself and add the red border to print and cut as one piece. As you know, my paper skills are not always that good so I try to keep any lining up of layers to a minimum!
To add interest I used my Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen on one bauble, just on the coloured areas, and used foam squares to raise it up from the background. It’s my first time using Wink of Stella and I love it. Yes, my pen skills are almost as bad as my paper skills, so it’s a bit rough, but I like the effect.
It would be easy to make different version of this card, using the same bauble ornament. Perhaps a gold outline with the added Wink of Stella, or even cutting out the coloured pieces too and piecing it back together like a diecut puzzle.
Colouring An Image in Silhouette Studio
- Graphics: free Christmas Ornaments from CraftBundles.
- Fonts: Lobster free from FontSquirrel.
- Cardstock: A4 Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White from Stampin’ Up.
- Program: Silhouette Studio V4 – Business Edition.
- Printer: HP Envy 5530.