Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s a fun craft to do with the kid’s today…
I have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use my new PixScan™ and I think I have finally found a Thanksgiving craft that uses the PixScan™ in a really neat way. This Thanksgiving turkey is a craft that gets the whole family involved. Each family member paints their hand and then presses it onto sticker paper. Here’s the really neat part: by using the PixScan™ the original handprint is cut out with the Silhouette CAMEO or Portrait. I think this makes the project so special and meaningful.
Since this was the first time that I used my PixScan™, I had to calibrate my iPod so that it would work with Silhouette Studio. If you require further instructions from what I have outlined below, here is a great link that will walk you through the calibration process.
- Print a calibration image onto white paper
- Take a photo of the calibration image with your camera/device.
Be sure that:
- the picture is taken on a flat surface and is head on
- don’t use zoom
- the lighting is even and the picture is clear
- the picture is taken straight. A crooked picture will not work.
- only the calibration dots show in the picture
Once the photo is taken and downloaded onto your computer, follow these steps:
Your camera/device will now appear in the menu and will show that is was successfully calibrated.
Now for the fun part!
- Have each member of your family paint their hand with washable paint and then place the hand onto white sticker paper.
- Allow the paint to dry.
- Place the sticker paper onto the PixScan™ mat.
- Take a photo with your calibrated camera/device.
- Below is the photo that I took for this project. Ensure that all registration marks are visible.
- Import the photo into Silhouette Studio by clicking on the “Import PixScan Image from File” located in the PixScan™ window.
- The image will now appear in Silhouette Studio.
- Next, trace each hand by using the Trace Tool.
- Once traced, release the compound path under the object window. This will allow you to delete any unnecessary parts of the trace.
- At this point, I further tidied up the hand by editing the points.
Here is an example of how I edited the thumb. As you can see, the paint on the thumb did not press well onto the sticker paper. I decided to make a new cut line that would outline the thumb better.
- Open the point editing window.
- Erase the points to create a straight line. This image already has its points deleted but it does show the steps to achieve this result. Compare it to the image above.
- To create the thumb shape, extend the straight line to make a curved line.
- This is created by clicking on the straight line multiple times so that new points appear.
- Drag the line out as you continue to add new points. The end result should look something like this:
Once the hands are ready to cut, the process for using the PixScan™ is the same as using the regular cutting mat.
- Open the cut settings window
- Select white sticker paper
- Adjust the blade
- Send to Silhouette
Take a look at the precision of this cut:
Isn’t that fantastic? The thumb turned out great too and I love that I am able to cut the original print of my family’s hands. It makes it so much more authentic.
To assemble the craft:
- Use transfer paper to assemble the hands since many fingers are not attached to the hands. It was easy to line up the hands since the transfer paper was a bit transparent.
- Once all of the handprints are put into place, add the turkey shape on top by using glue or double-sided adhesive.
- Lastly, have your child write “Thankful for my Family” onto the poster.
There you have it, a cute family craft for your Thanksgiving celebration this year. Thank you for stopping by!