DIY Stencils


As promised, I’m sharing my crafty stuff with you folks.

Today I want to share a few cut files with you, and show you how I make my own stencils.  Stencils are a versatile tool that many of us have in our arsenal, but we can always use more.  There are all sorts of gorgeous stencils in the market, my personal favorites are from Altenew.  Their beautiful designs, inspired me to try my hand at creating my own.  This is one of my favorite projects; the process is not difficult, and the possibilities are endless!IMG_1365

I first got this idea last year, when my kids brought all of their school supplies home.  We had a ton of thick plastic folders that were still sturdy, but not pretty enough to take back in the Fall.  I realized those folders were pretty similar to the material all of my stencils were made of.  I cut them up, and started experimenting on my Cricut.  It was tough to find the right settings to cut through it, but once I did, I went stencil-crazy!


This is where this clear poster board is found: Kids’ project section at Michael’s

Once I ran out of folders to cut, I looked for another material to use, and found the perfect one in the kids’ section at Michael’s Arts & Crafts store.  I bought Creatology Clear Poster Board (SKU 886946692550) at Michael’s.  It comes in a large sheet of 22 in X 28 in (55.8 cm X 71.1 cm) and only costs $1.99 in the US.  I will tell you this, it is tricky to find, unless you know it’s there.  It usually gets mixed in with the white poster board so make sure to look for it.  I found this material is a great weight, and also transparent enough that you can see your project underneath-a very useful quality when layering stencils.







Here’ s my process:

  1. Create a design
  2. Cut stencil material to size, and load on  your digital die cutting machine.
    • I use either my Silhouette Cameo (I have an old Cameo from the dark ages) or my Cricut Explore Air 2, but these svg files will work with any machine whose software can read svg files.
    • These are the cut settings I use for this think plastic materials:
      • Silhouette: Blade Depth-8, Speed-7, Force-33, Passes-2
      • Cricut: Cut Pressure-268, Multi-cut-2X, Blade Type-Deep-Point Blade
  3. Remove stencil, and bask in the beauty you have created



This stencil, is simply a few, evenly spaced, rectangles in one big square.  I also made a coordinating stencil to add the thin lines on top. Of course, I want to make it easy for you to make your first stencils so I’ve provided a link to the file at the bottom of this post.

IMG_6763Here, I used ink blenders with Tim Holtz’ Distress Oxide Inks in Seedless Preserve for the wide stripes,  and Vicki Boutin’s AMAZING gold glaze for the thin stripes.  As you can see, you get a different look by just rotating the stencil, and laying it over your base.  One tip I have for all, is to make your stencils bigger than 6X6 if you are planning on rotating them. I made my stencil 8X8 so that it can cover the a standard A2 card regardless of how I lay my stencil.  I’ve provided the cut file for both 6X6 and 8X8.



On this card, I kept it simple by using only the wide stripes horizontally.  I used three different colors to create this fun ombre effect using Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber.








Here’s another simple card with one layer of diagonal lines in Fossilized Amber, and a simple die sentiment.



This stencil is great for layering.  I made two quick cards with my distress oxide inks, and some simple sentiment dies. I’ve also included both the 6X6 and 8X8 files for this one along with a simple 2-square stencil for a different effect.  Take a look at the samples below.

These are just a few very simple options for what you can make with your stencils.  You can use, ink, embossing paste, paint, art crayons, etc. with these.  Hopefully, you’ve learned something new, and I’ve sparked your interest just a little bit.

Thanks for visiting, and thanks for reading. Go get your craft on, and create some stuff! Until next time.

And finally, here are the files. I hope you give this a try, and share your creations with me.






Who am I?

Hello everyone and anyone,

Allow me to formerly introduce myself:

I am Natalia, but my friends call me Tata, a crafty-mama from NY.  I’ve got a couple of monkeys at home, and a grown man I get to live with.  It’s a pretty sweet deal. I cannot take a selfie for my life, as is evident here,


and I am obsessed with the French language.  Those are just a few random facts about me.

I like to dabble in all different types of crafty things.  Recently, I’ve been mostly making cards because of the almost instant gratification.  I’ve been known to scrapbook, sew, paint, knit, cook, bake, hand-letter, customize stuff, etc.  If any of that floats your fancy, then you just may enjoy what I have to share.  If not, you will be bored out of your mind reading through here.

As you will notice, there is only one other post here, and it’s from four years ago.  I’m pretty sure it’s time I pick this thing up again.  So here goes nothing….

If you are interested in seeing more of my projects, please follow me on Instagram.  That’s where I tend to share the most.


I’m joining-Blog Party: 34 Things I Want You to Know About Me

I’m joining-Blog Party: 34 Things I Want You to Know About Me


This year, I will turn 34 (gasp!), and I feel like I’m no where near where I should have been. I just graduated from college, am working on my Masters, have a job rather than a career, and my health is totally out of whack.  I’m kind of going through a crisis.

Also feel this incessant need to tell my daughter what life has really been like, not just the Disney version she sees. I want her to grow up knowing that it’s normal to want to get away from it all every once in a while. I don’t want her to think that she has to be perfect always. God knows I’m not, EVER.

Today, I decided to join in the fun started by Jenn from Simple Scrapper.  She has decided to tell her story before her kids came along.  She put it all into a scrapbook, but then realized there was more to say.  This is where the 34 stories come into play.

The first prompt is to list 34 things about me, so here goes…

  1. My mom was hoping for a boy, and then I came along.
  2. I learned to read when I was 3 using “Condorito” comics in Spanish. <-Very inappropriate.
  3. Once I learned to talk, there was no stopping me.
  4. My family used to pay me to keep quite as a child.
  5. I loved Barbies and Matchbox cars as a little girl.
  6. I was sure that Johnny from Menudo sang only for me when I was 3 years old.
  7. I fell in love with Paris watching Dynasty with my mom in 1983.
  8. I fell in “love” with a different boy every school year since 2nd grade.
  9. In Kindergarten, the school bus drove past 3 cemeteries daily. It was weird.
  10. I’ve wanted to be an actress as long as I can remember.
  11. I used to make soap operas at home with my family.
  12. When they got tired, I started making movies with my barbies.
  13. The video camera was bigger than your average toaster oven.
  14. I started learning French in 4th grade, and I loved it immediately.
  15. I used to pull my 4th grade teacher’s wig when she wasn’t looking. Poor Mrs. Mango
  16. I used to spend every summer in Colombia with my mom’s family until she left me there for two months, and enrolled me in the 2nd grade. I called her frantic, and she had to come get me.
  17. My parents were getting divorced in 1987, which is why I was sent to Colombia.
  18. I vowed never to go back unless my mother came with me.
  19. I went back to Colombia in 1994 with my mother.
  20. My sister gave me my first computer in 1991. It was used, but it was MARVELOUS.
  21. The AOL bill was several hundred dollars the first month.
  22. I stepped on a mouse and killed it trying to save my 1 year-old niece from it.
  23. I hated doing homework, and rarely did it.
  24. I hated reading for homework, but enjoyed my own books.
  25. I didn’t read the assignments in 3rd grade, but I read all of Macbeth on my own.
  26. I loved WWF (wrestling) when I was about 9. Hulk Hogan was the man!
  27. I had my first boyfriend when I was 12. It lasted 3 weeks.
  28. I moved out of Queens when I was 13.
  29. I went from having to 800+ classmates in the 8th grade to 43!
  30. I got my first car when I was 15, but didn’t get a license until I was 17.
  31. I went to Europe for the first time in 1996.
  32. I spent a wonderful summer in Paris, and realized that I was right for loving it so much.
  33. I spend $100 in underwear in Paris because Mamita forbid me from going to the laundromat.
  34. I never thought that I would love as much as I love my kids, even when I want to strangle them.

Whew! 34 is A LOT, but there it is.