We started out searching online for good quality images that we could use for this project. Once we got our pictures together we used a program called Poster 8.4. You can download this program for free here, you are allowed to print 10 posters for free before registration is required. Open your file in Poster, go to your print setup. Set your picture to print to the height you want, for Eric we printed at height 80" giving a few extra inches for the background of the image that will later be cut out and discarded.
Your image will print in several pages on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. For this we also used cardstock. You will put the pieces together like a puzzle to create your life size picture. Get a large piece of cardboard to adhere the prints to. Use Modge Podge Matte to glue your images to the cardboard. Be very careful when pressing the pages to the cardboard, you don't want your ink to smudge or rub off. Using a towel to press out any air bubbles works pretty well. Once you have all pages glued down, cover the entire image with a coat of Modge Podge Matte to seal the ink and seams.
|Here is Arlene in the gluing process, being pieced together.|
After your picture dries, you are ready to start cutting. Using an exacto knife, cut away any background only leaving your character intact. This is the most tedious part of the entire process, but it is so neat to watch your favorite characters "come to life".
You can also make these any size you want and use them as table decorations too.
With these Life Size Cutouts, you can feel like you've stepped directly onto the True Blood set. There will be plenty of photo ops with these at your party!