Monday, June 3, 2013

Fern Wall Art • Paper Shadow Box

Silhouette time again. I spent some time this weekend developing another 3-D shadow box using my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. This time I used ferns as a theme. Our home is nestled in a sea of ferns this year and I find spring time ferns to be so beautiful. It was a natural theme for me.

This time I stayed true to the silhouette concept and worked in a gradation of blacks and grays. Here is a closeup of the layers. It is composed of three layers, each in its own shade. I created the composition by first scanning a live fern and then using that file to create additional ferns. 

I need to get some more paper and try some other color combinations. A gradation of greens is a natural but I also think using the same composition but doing it in vibrant colors would look wonderful in a child's room.  As always not enough time to play.  
Tutorial to come later this week.
Update: The tutorial is up here at my new sister blog with Silhouette tutorials. The cutting file is available from Silhouette here.

Disclaimer: I am not representing Silhouette however I am working to become a contributing artist for the Silhouette online store. When that process is complete you will be able to buy my Silhouette cutting files through the Silhouette online store. Soon I hope. Stay tuned!

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  1. Very neat!! I'm not for sure I understand how you did this, but very cool! :)

    Gina from Gina's craft Corner

    1. Simple. But go here to my Silhouette blog to see a tutorial.

  2. Love the design concept Marji! I've not tried scanning anything to use with my silhouette so far. I take you just save it as a jpeg and use the trace feature?

    Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


    1. Deb,
      It was a little more involved. I scanned it, brought it into Pixelmator to outline it and turn it black, brought that into iDraw and isolated some leaves of the fern. I then "grew" my own ferns from the parts so I could control the composition. I then saved that as a pdf, brought that into Silhouette and used the trace feature there. I do believe I could have just opened the jpeg and traced it though.


  3. Gosh that is so pretty! I love the tones of grays :)
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  4. So neat!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!