Use The Cricut To Create A Stencil and Hand Painted Sign

Use The Cricut To Create A Stencil and Hand Painted Sign

(upbeat music) – Hi, it’s Jessica, and today I wanna show you how to make a customized stencil using your Cricut machine and some vinyl. So if you’ve ever wanted
to make a wood sign, I’m gonna show you how to do
that using your Cricut machine. So let’s go over to the
software and get started. Okay, so we are gonna go over
to the Cricut software here, and I am in the store, and
I am gonna use this file, the Days Are Long, Years Are
Short, and it’s by Kori Clark. I have already purchased this, so I’m gonna go back
into my design layout, and I have measured my board here, and I’m gonna make a square
the same size as my board, and this is gonna help
with applying the vinyl, and also with weeding. I’ve got my square set at 11
inches by about 12 inches. I’m gonna zoom out, and
I am just gonna lay this, I’ve got this all sized to
where I want it as well. So I’m gonna lay it on top of my square. Where I want it, and then
I’m gonna select both. Whoops, I gotta zoom out a little more. ‘Kay, I’m gonna select over both, and attach these together. So when they cut it’ll cut all together. So now I’m gonna click Go. And it’s gonna be to a 12
by 24 mat, that’s fine. Okay, so I’m gonna load in my vinyl, and I am gonna cut this out. Okay, so we’ve got that all cut out. Gonna unload it, and we
are ready to weed it out. Now this is the part
where we change things up. We are gonna weed out opposite
of what you normally weed it. So, let’s scoot some
things out of the way. And I am just gonna peel this up, and remember we made our
box around our image. So we are gonna weed out
the outside parts of that. Trim this off so I can save
this bottom piece of vinyl. And with making stencils,
it doesn’t really matter what color of vinyl you’re using because you’re just gonna paint in the cavities and peel it off, so color doesn’t matter, use scraps. I today am using the
Oracal 631, but you can use whatever type of vinyl
you have lying around. You’re not going to have it
on your board long enough for, if you’re using a permanent adhesive, it’s not gonna be on your
board long enough to stick and make it permanent, so
use whatever scraps you have. So I’m just gonna go
around and trim this up. And this weeding box makes it nice because then when you go to
apply it to your project, it’s the same size as my board. It makes lining things up much easier, and it also gives me an
edge so when I’m painting I don’t have to be so
careful with my paint. Now this is the part where we’re going to weed opposite we normally would. So we’re gonna pull out the letters instead of leaving them there. Just gonna start weeding those out. And you wanna make sure you leave like the middles of your E,
you wanna leave those there, and make sure they don’t come up. Okay so we’ve got this all weeded out, we’ve just weeded out the parts where we want our paint to show through and left our vinyl to use as our stencil. I’m using 631, it really doesn’t matter what type of vinyl you
use, just use a scrap. Color totally doesn’t matter
’cause you’re gonna paint it and then peel it off. Let’s get our transfer tape here so we can apply it to our project, and I am using the paper transfer tape, but any transfer tape will work great. Trim that off, whoops. All right. Just go over this with
my application tool. Make sure it’s stuck all over, and then I’m gonna trim it out. Just trim off the excess transfer tape. All right. Now we are ready to
apply this to our wood. Get rid of this stuff. Okay, so I have painted my wood. The turquoise color I’m
using is Folk Art Dutch Aqua and it is such a pretty color, and then I also used the
gold Martha Stewart Metallic on the edges and that’s what
I’m gonna use for my stencil. We made our little
weeding box in our program the same size as our wood. So super easy to line up. So I’m just gonna peel
off our paper backing. Okay, and then we are
ready to apply this guy. Make sure he’s all lined up. So when you’ve painted your piece of wood, you wanna make sure, you
wanna paint it first, and make sure it’s had time to dry. So I would let it dry for
at least a couple hours, 24 would be best, but just
make sure it’s nice and dry before you put your vinyl on top of it. ‘Kay, now I’m gonna peel
off the transfer tape. You wanna make sure
you get all your little pieces that are supposed to be stuck down like the middle of your As and Es. Make sure those are sticking down or that’s gonna mess up your stencil. All right. So you can see where our turquoise is showing through the orange vinyl, and this is where we’re gonna paint. Okay, so I wanna show you a
trick for your transfer tape. I did this on Facebook Live the other day. You can use your piece
you just peeled off, I crumpled mine up before I remembered, but I’m gonna just take this
little piece of transfer tape, and instead of using like
a paper plate or something, I’m just gonna squeeze
my paint right onto that, and then when I’m all done I can just peel up the transfer tape
and throw it in the garbage. So when you’re painting, you wanna use really thin layers of paint. I’ve got my brush here, and I’m gonna dab a little off, and then I’m just gonna
use nice even strokes. And paint right over my vinyl. And you don’t wanna use too much paint or it’ll seep through, so if
you just do nice thin layers, you’ll get nice crisp lines. So we’ll just get this guy all painted. And it might take a couple layers. Just let them dry in between layers. So now we are on our last layer of paint. So I’m just gonna show
you how I get a thin, thin coating, you don’t wanna do too much. Just dab it in there. Okay our paint is all dry and we are ready to peel off our stencil and
reveal our final project. So I’m just gonna slowly peel this up. And if it tears it’s okay ’cause we can go back and get the rest. I am loving this gold, it is so pretty. And you can see our vinyl
just peels right up. Doesn’t peel up our paint
’cause we let it dry before we put it on. All right, I think I
got all the big stuff, now I need to go in and carefully pop out my middles with my knife. ‘Kay so I’m just gonna carefully stick my knife underneath
and pop up those middles. You could use a weeding tool
or a pen, whatever you have. ‘Kay we’ve got all our final
stencil material peeled off, and look how pretty. Turned out so good. Nice crisp lines, and super fun. So you can make your own custom stencil using your Cricut machine and
some scrap pieces of vinyl. If you guys like this
tutorial give us a thumbs up, subscribe to our channel if
you want more tips and tricks and we love reading your nice comments. Thanks guys. (upbeat music)

100 thoughts on “Use The Cricut To Create A Stencil and Hand Painted Sign

  1. If you were going to purchase just one type of transfer tape For Multiple types of Projects like for woods signs, glass & stencil what would you suggest? I’ve haven’t used transfer tape and very little vinyl.

  2. Where did you get your wood? This is my first time to do a project like this. I looked and Hobby Lobby and Michael's.. I'm thinking you went to Lowe's or HD. Is there a certain kind of wood that you need to look for and did you sand it before. Great video.

  3. hello great learning video. my question is where an I get the cutting board you are using and vinyl from?

  4. Hey Jessica,
    What transfer paper exactly do you use. I find the cricut transfer tape not all that great.


  5. Great tutorial!!! Where do you get your transfer paper? I'd LOVE to have mine on a roll like you have!!! THANKS!!!!!

  6. Why does mine want to print and then cut? I have tried to turn of but it won't let me. I found the video very helpful otherwise thank you

  7. I used the Cricut StrongGrip transfer tape and it completely destroyed my stencil….. Can you recommend a better transfer tape to use?

  8. I notice you didn’t use the cutting mat, I have been given opposing advice on this, so now I hope it will be ok just to use the vinyl x


  10. awesome video! I'm new to this and am curious if you could tell me what the mat is you are using to cut on? Do you have a link to the product? Thanks!

  11. You made this look so simple! I am excited to try this. If I were to make this for outside use would you suggest a sealant?

  12. what type of transfer tape/paper do you use? i bought the cricut transfer tape from Michael's and it is WAY too sticky and it takes about 10 minutes and a lot of patience to remove the tape from my stencil without lifting all the middles of the o's and a's

  13. I love your sign the colors are beautiful! Your tutorial is great you make it so easy to understand 😊Thank you so much for sharing

  14. I can't get my image that I created to go on top of the square. it hides in the back. any idea on how I can get this to be on top?

  15. I'm new to cricut projects. I'm doing a little project for a wedding And wanted to do one of these. But what is the purpose of the transfer tape? is it necessary?

  16. Y'all really using all that vinyl for one thing, huh?

    In your design, use little 'I's to connect any pieces that may come off during your cut, use the weld button, and then cut onto a strong piece of cardstock to make an easily reusable stencil.

  17. I recently purchased a Cricut, so learning as I go. Love your right to the point tutorial. When I paint my wood I do leave it dry for 24 hours, however after I paint over my stencil words and pull it up I very often have a sticky residue on project. What am I doing wrong. Is it the brand I am using? Any suggestions? Thank you

  18. Hey Jessica. Recently I was making a farmhouse sign and when i pulled stencil up it pulled up the chalk paint. Should I be sealing the paint before putting adhesive vinyl on? TIA

  19. HI there I love your video it is very helpful.. I need more help LOL….. can you tell me if you have a video on how to purchase the stencils from the start? I got a Cricit for Christmas and I am lost right out of the gate… is there anyway you could do a video from the very beginning on how to buy your first stencil? I would love it if you could help me…

  20. Very helpful video, I am stuck on one part…. when I go to "attach" them both, my image disappears and all I see is my black square…. this is my first stencil

  21. Great Tutorial. Do you know how to make the quoted text to make a card, sometimes people make Disney characters to make lanterns etc… Thanks

  22. Im finding it hard to get the transfer tape to glide on so smooth without creating lines and bumps also i cant seem to be able to pull the tape up without getting the vinyl to come up with it as well. Any tips?

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