Make Your Own Reusable Stencil
I am EXCITED about this post! This discovery could be life changing for me…I don’t know if anyone else out there has made it, but if you have you can understand my JOY!
I love stenciling backgrounds onto my painted wooden signs. It gives each piece an extra dimension in mere minutes! In the past I’ve done this with vinyl. Each time I want to stencil a design, I’ve cut it with my Silhouette, peeled away the excess, used the transfer tape, and then peeled it away before painting.
This is the technique I used on this end table.
This is a great strategy if you ask me. However, it feels wasteful because once I’ve painted, I have to throw the vinyl away. And if I want to paint a new sign with the same patter,
I must start ALL over!
Well my friends, NOT ANYMORE :o) Can you see my ear to ear grin????
While in Hobby Lobby the other day I came across a product I had NO IDEA exsisted. I’m not sure whether I’ve been living in my own craft bubble or it’s a new item, but I snatched it up immediately.
Stencil SHEETS Blanks from Show Offs!
And do you see that price?????
ONLY $2.99 for FOUR sheets!
Now, at the time I wasn’t sure if the Silhouette was up for the challenge & at first, well to be honest she wasn’t. However, she tends to blame it on user error!
After a couple of efforts I found the recipe for stencil success!
First, you’ll probably need the new Silhouette blade. It has the ability to
REALLY DIG DEEP! I twisted to a level 6.
After choosing your design in Silhouette Studio, choose the cut setting for the magnet paper.
(Make sure when choosing a stencil you remember at some point all the areas need to be connected, for example letters might not be the best choice due to random fill-ins like the circle in the middle of an O.)
After choosing the magnet paper, you’ll need to up the thickness to 30 & click the blade over to the 6.
Now in some spots it has cut all the way through, where other spots it’s close but not there quite yet! However, lucky for us it is perforated enough that it will pull away pretty cleanly.
So….peel away slowly. Sometimes I used my exacto knife to get things going…
Keep going…you are almost there!
Ta-da!!! Are you doing a happy dance with me???
Well, come on now, don’t make me embarrass myself doing it alone!
Okay, now the fun part
(by the way I’m using another stencil for the demo. I haven’t used the chevron one yet!).
Lay it down & use a roller brush to paint over the stencil.
(And yes these pictures were taken after I had already painted everything…I was in the zone during the process, you know how it is.)
For what it’s worth…I suggest pulling it up immediately!
I’m into the distressed look, so I did a little of that before taking this picture :o)
You can purchase this piece over in my ETSY shop!!
I’ll be doing a post about all that is hanging out over there soon :o)