Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tool: Stencil Material

Stencil material is the non-cut material stencils are made of. Most stencil materials being sold have a re-positional adhesive on the back side to help in positioning and stabilizing the stencil. This is an excellent way to create and use more delicate designs that want to move around (or tear and bend easily). There are several brands and sizes on the market. Tim Holtz has an Ideology product named Mask Sheets that come in a 6" x 12" size. Silhouette America and SRM (which is a wholesale company, I do not know which brand they resell) sell Stencil Material by the 12" x 24" sheet. I am sure there are more, but those are the ones I have used. All three brands have adhesive on the back of the material that allow the stencil to be stuck down and then removed and replaced on a protective sheet for future use.  All three brands cut easily on my Silhouette Cameo, set on the "stencil material" setting. (The SRM brand which I bought at my local scrapbook store has a texture to the top side and is slightly thicker than the Silhouette and Ideology brands. I would consider using the double cut feature if cutting small or intricate shapes.) With all three brands I tried, the protective backing was not cut, just the stencil material (which is what is intended).

Silhouette brand. This stencil has been used to make 8 Webelos shirts. I paid $10 for a 12x24 piece.
I have used both the stencil part and the mask part, so I could do both colors of paints.
SRM brand. I double cut this stencil because of the whiskers. I paid $6 for a 12x24piece.
Can you see the texture?
Ideology brand. Double rose stencil and mask. This sells for $4.99 for 2 6 x 12 pieces.

The other option that sounds interesting to me is the Grafix clear craft plastic (.007 thickness is what I have seen recommended). These come in varying sizes, including 8.5" x 11" and 12" x12" . The 12x12 comes in a 25 pack on Amazon for $14.24 (as of 4/16/14). Krylon Easy Tack Repositionable Adhesive could then be sprayed on the back of a cut stencil to give it the adhesive (Amazon for $12.33).  Here is a post with a video about this, the cut settings are included in the video, but I think the "stencil material" setting on the Silhouette is close enough .

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Using the Silhouette to Paint on a T-Shirt

I finally made myself a shirt! Yay! I found a Pin on Pinterest that caught my eye...look at it here. When I saw this plain-ish shirt at my local Sam's Club, I had as idea!

 I used the Silhouette Cameo to cut vinyl to make a stencil for the anchor (Silhouette library # 54628). I then painted the anchor with the Silhouette black fabric paint. I can't wait to wear it! I left it in the store for a couple days to help inspire others!

What are you going to paint?? Got any shirts that are "ruined"? Maybe a little paint could bring it back to the "top shelf"!