Thursday, February 8, 2018

Tutorial: Stencil Film Sign

I love making stencils and have been using scrapbook paper and card stock (good weight) to make my stencils - problem is you can't see 'through' the paper. 

Still make stencils with paper, it works for making signs. I use a Cricut Explore Air 2 for cutting the stencils.

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This arrow sign has been sealed with hemp oil.

Erin on Printable Crush wrote the following: Tutorial: Hand Lettered Wood Sign. She used a Cricut to cut the vinyl.

Susan who writes Homeroad shared how she uses Orcal Oramask 813 Stencil Film on her Silhouette Vinyl Cutting Machine.

Just before December disappeared I ordered 40 feet of Orcal Stencil Film and picked it up early January. It is a blue semi-transparent film. It is now February and I am ready to try it out.

I have tried every piece of thin sheet plastic I could find trying to make a clear stencil on my Cricut but although it may cut through somewhat it hasn't cut all the way through. I bought sharper longer cutters - and then I could NOT get them to mount. (yes, a problem I am dealing with and etc.)

This is my first Tutorial on using this Orcal Stencil Film to make a stencil using a Cricut - we will see how it goes AFTER I learn how.

Tutorial Sequence:

On computer - I opened the Cricut software and chose my first project - an arrow (for simplicity).

Cut a piece of Orcal Stencil Film to size (12 x12 inches) and placed it on the green standard matt (which is very slightly sticky), rubbed gently all over with the Cricut scraper to hold it in place (do NOT rub hard, the backing paper will stick to the green matt and may tear when you try to remove it).

Turned on Cricut Explore Air 2, put the green mat/blue paper edge under the 2 slots and pressed the arrow button to position the green matt with blue paper (if this is new to you PLEASE read the tutorial that Cricut provides on loading the green matt with the material you are using for making your stencil).

When the cutting was finished and the matt was ejected I gently removed the paper backed Orcal Stencil Film on its backing from the green matt using a Cricut spatula and then carefully removed the backing (slowly so I didn't tear the film). Placed blue film on my cedar board and rather gently using the Cricut scraper as well as my fingers to press the sticky back vinyl arrow stencil to the wood. 

I will admit this was a bit thrilling, so close to the next step of adding paint.

Used CeCe Caldwell's Vintage White and a Martha Stewart foam pouncer to add stencil to an old cedar board.

The film sticking to the board made it much easier to avoid edge blurring.

Here is the finished arrow on the cedar board, no wax or finish. 

This is my FIRST stencil made with the Orcal Stencil Film.

Top picture (below) is the inside of the arrow (still on the backing of the Stencil Film), middle is the stencil I used (now on a piece of wax paper) and the painted sign is on a rough piece of cedar.


It worked. Yes I have more to learn but I am thrilled that I could make a stencil that was transparent, reusable and was cut on the Cricut Explore Air 2. 

January 2017 I wrote about my first tries at making a stencil on my then new Christmas present Cricut.

I have so MANY ideas about the signs I want to make this year.

Almost... forgot 

This board has become a 2 sided sign. Originally it had a routed word LIVE and

now it has a painted LIVE on one side and an ARROW on the other.

I wrote this post for sharing what I learned and without any commercial input regarding any products I used.


Thanks for visiting today.

 Featured by:
Andrea of The Cottage Market Feb 16/18
Andrea of Scraptality Feb 17/18 

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  1. The stencil looks great. I like the see through quality of it!!

  2. The stencil looks good. A cutting machine is high on my wish list.

  3. Great tutorial Joy. I have a Silhouette Cameo. but have not used it in a couple years. Hope to find time to make stencils again. Your blog posts will be very helpful ... you are a good teacher. Hugs, Audrey Z.

  4. Great tutorial. I cam totally see myself doing this. I love the signs that are all the rage now but they are so overpriced.

  5. Your sign looks great, Joy. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle!

  6. Another fabulous sign, Joy! Great job ~ thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  7. Your sign is a real delight a twofer! (two for one!) Several scrapbooking friends own Cricut machines and say they find them very useful, I've not yet taken the plunge myself. Great tutorial, you must be very happy with the way your first Orcal film stencil worked out.
    Happy Mosaic Monday.

  8. Great tutorial. I don't have a Cricut machine, but I do love stencils. Happy Monday!

  9. Happy Mosaic Monday
    Arrow: straight ahead to Season of Lent

    much love...

  10. Well soon as you said word Cricut I knew I couldn't do this project, since I don't have a cricut and don't know why LOL
    Those machines are amazing

  11. I hear so many good things about Cricut...everyone that has one loves it! I would be cutting out hearts this week...instead of by hand! lol Hugs!

  12. I have a Cricut that I won at a scrapbooking event a few years ago. I really need to use it more! Your sign is great. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

  13. Congratulations! It is so satisfying to conquer something new! Well done!

  14. This is all new to me, great results and so many uses.
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