How to Make Silhouette Art Invitations and Holiday CardsThese invitations by America’s  premier silhouette artist Cindi Harwood Rose’s artworks are so cute and creative.  You can also make unique, personal wedding or birthday silhouette invitations, with hand-cut silhouette artworks.

Cutest silhouette birthday invitations designed by Stefanie using Silhouette Art by Cindi

Cutest silhouette birthday invitations designed by Stefanie using Silhouette Art by Cindi

From Stefanie: “Hi Cindi, I recently had my daughter’s silhouette done at the St. Luke’s book fair where we chatted a bit about how we had used her silhouette that you did last year on her 1st birthday invitation and you would like to see it.  We absolutely cherish these and hope to make having them done an annual tradition.”

If you do not know of a good silhouette artist, or have not visited Disneyland or Disney World where Cindi Harwood Rose cut silhouettes, you may find her in New York City, Dallas, Houston, Denver, San Antonio, Austin, or any popular city in America where she may be booked at your favorite children’s store or school fund-raiser.  In fact, Silhouette Artist Cindi Harwood Rose loves traveling for schools and museums and donating a percentage of sales for them to benefit.  You can save the artwork and use it for your holiday card, birthday card, or wedding invitations.

Wedding silhouettes by Cindi Rose

Wedding silhouettes by Cindi Rose

Silhouette Art Wedding invitation

Silhouette Art Wedding invitation

You can contact her at to send or email Cindi your photograph and order a hand-cut silhouette by mail, which is done from real silhouette paper, and natural talent.  Details on ordering by mail:

Christmas Silhouette Art Card by Cindi Rose

Christmas Silhouette Art Card by Cindi Rose

Silhouettes also make perfect and personal holiday keepsakes that will be cherished by your family for years to come.  Why not start a holiday tradition with your family of making and creating silhouettes of your pets (yes Cindi can do pets from emailed photos!) and loved ones and use your creative imagination like in the photo for silhouette decorating pictured here!

silhouette holiday tree

Holiday Tree Decorated with Silhouettes

You can also try to do one yourself, by taking a profile photo, and using your computer to blacken the insides.  Check out Cindi’s great DIY how-to make your own silhouette tips if you would like to try your hand at creating silhouettes here:

Silhouette Art by Cindi Rose

Real silhouette artists, such as John Miers, Augustine Edouart, Cindi Rose and Kara Walker, create the artwork from their own talents, not from photos.  The art predates the camera.  Cindi just looks at a subject and in a minute with many snips, she creates a profile that is amazingly accurate, detailed, and life-like.  She is available to perform her entertaining art at events throughout the United States and Canada.  For more information contact

Remembering the special people in your life while giving to help others is what the holidays are about! Start a tradition in your family with one-of-a-kind silhouette keepsakes – a stylish, personal gift, by collectable artist Cindi, that will escalate in value in time.
 Cindi Rose - Imagination Toys - silhouette-art
Meet the World’s Fastest, Most Skilled, and Most Renown Silhouette Artist Cindi Rose at Imagination Toys & Shoes and help benefit children’s hospital arts via Silhouettes for Survivors this December! Read more about this program sponsored by the Holly Rose Ribbon foundation:
Have silhouette artist Cindi Rose create a keepsake to be treasured - children do not have to sit still

Have silhouette artist Cindi Rose create a keepsake to be treasured – children do not have to sit still

With a great selection of toys & gifts for children of all ages, enjoy great holiday shopping and watch the amazingly talented and world-famous Cindi Rose create a likeness of your child in minutes that will be treasured for a lifetime.   

Foremost silhouette artist Cindi Harwood Rose will be available to capture you and your loved ones in her heirloom artwork at Imagination Toys & Shoes, check out her schedule for the date and location most convenient for you:

A silhouette makes a perfect and unique holiday gift to be treasured

A silhouette makes a perfect and unique holiday gift that will be cherished for generations

Imagination Toys & Shoes
3851 Bellaire Blvd. Houston, TX 77025 (713-662-9898)
Sunday, December 21st: noon -4:00 pm

Imagination Toys & Shoes
6531 Woodway Dr. Houston , TX 77057  (713-932-8000)

December 22nd from 11am-5pm

Imagination Toys & Shoes
110 Vintage Park Blvd, Houston, TX 77070, (281-376-1834)
December 23rd from 12pm-4pm. 

RSVP at your favorite location – Pre-Registration & a $10 deposit is required to reserve your spot.

Don’t miss the opportunity to have your child’s Silhouette done by the amazingly talented, Cindi Rose. This is a perfect and unique holiday gift for aunts, uncles, grandparents and a cherished family keepsake. 

Pet Silhouettes

Pet Silhouettes

Cindi’s hand cut images take 2 minutes and last forever.  C. H. Rose is the world’s fastest and most accurate silhouettist with intricate details. Children do not have to sit still. Cindi can capture wiggly children and adults, fixing hair and double chins as requested.

This is also a great idea for engaged couples to have their silhouettes done together, for a family heirloom, and Cindi can do pets too ~ just bring in a printed profile photo of your pet to your appointment.

Price for the silhouettes- $35 for the original and $10 each additional copy. Cindi is able to do more than one child at a time or each child separately, your choice. The silhouette will be matted and framed while you wait, so you are able to take it with you. Frames range in price from around $14 to $35.

Appointments requested as the day fills up! C. Rose also does silhouettes at weddings! Don’t miss your chance to create a wonderful holiday keepsake. Add everyone on your gift list and get a lasting treasure to be cherished, her work is collectable.

Silhouettes for Survivors benefits Texas Arts & Medicine
Hospital Arts for Children Program

Never settle for less than the best, have a hand-cut silhouette by 4th generation fine artist, Cindi Harwood Rose, former Disney top artist, to benefit hospital art programs and children affected by critical illness.  Proceeds this December will benefit Silhouettes for survivors – learn more about the program here:

children-silhouettes-videosWatch the Silhouette Video!

Cindi Rose is one of the few silhouette artists in the world who can do groupingsHave America’s best paper profilist Cindi Rose hand-cut a flattering likeness of you, your child, or loved one for a unique heirloom gift that will be cherished forever. Cindi, a natural artist has drawn portraits since a child, and cut silhouettes for Disney as a teen, she is the world’s fastest and most accurate silhouettes, descended from generations of established artists. Rose honed her talents as a child drawing portraits and at 15 years old discovered that she could look at a person, and capture each profile feature (in a flattering and stylish point-of-view) in a minute or less, making her the world’s fastest authentic silhouette artist in all history. She is also the best with unmatched details and an intuitive twist.  She has traveled the world, cutting silhouettes for Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali, President Obama, President Bush, Queen Elizabeth, Dr. Phil, Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello, Liberace, Patricia Arquette, Ashley Judd, and many other celebrities.

Cost is $35 per person, Extra copies are just $10 per person.

Silhouette Art by Cindi Rose

Silhouette Art by Cindi Rose

Cindi Rose, a third generation fine artist, has done silhouettes over 35 years, and is considered the world’s fastest, most accurate premier silhouette artist.  Please view Cindi’s videos on Youtube: For more information and booking information please visit  

Watch Cindi's Silhouette Videos on YouTube
Watch Cindi’s Silhouette Videos on YouTube


By Cindi Harwood Rose, freehand silhouette arts

A real silhouette artist is a fine artist and not a craftsman. They can draw and paint portraits, front view and sideways. This art form predates the camera, and began around the time scissors were invented. Some of the best artists of the day learned to actually draw with scissors.

This is a difficult art to master, as you have to learn to draw with the interior of a sharp scissors. However, ways of “cheating” were also invented. Many people can live a full life and never meet an authentic silhouettest (one who merely takes scissors and their own talent, and directly cuts an accurate profile, in minutes).

Good news! Here are some different ways to make a silhouette, it won’t be as good as the real thing, but it will be a treasure, no matter what. You can always get “the real thing” when one has the joy of a professional silhouette artist coming to your city, school fundraiser, favorite children’s store, wedding, or boutique.

1. Take a profile photo of someone, with top of head, back of head, no smile, and bodice. Right view is always the best, unless you are left-handed.

2. Get black paper, the darker the better, or buy silhouette paper from a school supply store.

3. Tape the picture to the black paper or authentic silhouette paper.

4. Cut out the shape from the photo!

5. Admire, share, use for greeting cards or frame them.

6. If you don’t like what you did, look on-line for a real silhouette artist (look for people who don’t use a Photoshop or computer art) and order one on-line!

7. You can also try putting black paper on the wall, and casting a shadow and cutting that out.

8. You can reduce this to 4 x 5 or 3 x 4 to get the desired authentic size prized by historians.

9. Look at for heirloom freehand cut silhouettes, or any other former Disneyland or Disneyworld silhouette artist!

Enjoy these shared silhouettes done in New York, Denver, Houston, Brooklyn, Austin, Aspen, Dallas, England, Orlando, and Los Angeles by

More great DIY Tips on how to hand-cut silhouette profiles by Cindi –  for UNIQUE Holiday or anytime gifts: How-to learn to cut silhouette profiles from sight

Story and How to Video By silhouette artist Cindi Harwood Rose

DIY Silhouette art by hand - watch the How To Video

DIY Silhouette art by hand – watch the How To Video

Silhouette Artist Cindi Rose demonstrates how to cut a paper portrait by hand

Silhouette Artist Cindi Rose demonstrates how to cut a paper portrait by hand

When I was a little child, I would sit with my talented mother, and cut-out Valentine’s, snow-flakes, paper dolls, flowers, and  butterflies.

As a natural artist, skilled in life drawing, I got a job in my early teens at an amusement park drawing portraits.  While taking a tour, I saw a silhouette artist—someone cutting out profiles from black paper freehand without sketching or using a light—and said “I can do that.”   Laughed at, I was handed scissors, and thin black paper.  Freehand, without a sketch, or light, I cut out the manager’s profile, in less than two minutes, and the prior silhouette artist was fired on the spot.  What I did most, was compare each feature, the same way I would when I draw.  I used my scissors as I would “a thumb” to eyeball the spaces between the features in the subject’s profile.

Cindi Harwood Rose, World Famous Paper Cut Silhoutte Artist

Cindi Harwood Rose, World Famous Paper Cut Silhoutte Artist

Silhouette cutting for the Disney art concessionaire became my summer job, throughout high school and The University of Texas where I graduated in fine art and journalism. Later, I worked for Disney World and Disneyland, where  I broke park production records doing 600 silhouettes in a day.  Soon, I found myself doing silhouettes all over the world, for many celebrities, families, formal affairs, television shows, galleries, department stores, and collections. I made a world speed record in 1982, 144 silhouettes of 144 individuals cut-out in one hour, timed by The San Antonio Express Newspaper.

Silhouette art and artists Cindi Rose & Kathryn Flocken

Here is my silhouette sister, Kathryn Flocken, at the bottom half, with her lovely silhouette samples. For more information you can check out Kathryn and Cindi Silhouette Sisters at

Rose has done silhouettes for over 35 years, and has done generations of families.  She prides herself on her likeness’s and embellishments—the white- cut-outs, when it adds to the profile and the style of the individual subject.

After a busy career, I married my husband who is now well known as Houston Plastic Surgeon Franklin Rose, and had two children, Erica and Ben.  I used my silhouette art, as a fund-raiser for their schools, and many philanthropic causes, including Texas Children’s hospital, The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, The American Heart Association, The Ronald McDonald House, The Houston Symphony, and The Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation, a non-profit, I formed with my husband for uninsured cancer survivors.

View to see Cindi’s work, and be sure to watch her YouTube videos and join Silhouettes by Cindi Rose on Facebook.

Watch Cindi's Silhouette Videos on YouTube
Watch Cindi’s Silhouette Videos on YouTube

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