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!
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!
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:
- Create a design
- I use Silhouette Studio Business Edition, which allows you to save to svg. It is wonderful!
- 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
- Remove stencil, and bask in the beauty you have created
EARN YOUR STRIPES
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.
Here, 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.
Here’s another simple card with one layer of diagonal lines in Fossilized Amber, and a simple die sentiment.
DON’T BOX ME IN
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.