Making my own stencils

I have had my eye on a particular stencil for some time, but cannot get it locally and it just doesn’t make sense to pay shipping to Canada for such a small and inexpensive item. I decided to try tracing an image of the stencil and cutting it myself with my KNK Maxx.

It looks to me like I might just be making lots of stencils for myself from now on.

Below is the image I imported into MTC to trace.

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This is the result of the trace.

2013-03-08 07.41.45 pm It turned out a bit less clear, but I think that adds to the look of the stencil so I am very pleased with the result.

Some time ago, I had purchased many sheets of stencil material when I found it on clearance at a local Walmart. You just have to love clearance sales!!!

It was a very detailed cut, but the result was fantastic and now I have the stencil I have wanted for some time. I look forward to using it with mists to create a background for cards.

I used a cutting force of 132 and cut the design twice.


17 thoughts on “Making my own stencils

  1. Great project! I have cut simple things as stencils before but nothing as detailed as this. It turned out great.

  2. Warning…. This is highly addictive!!! 😉
    I make my own all the time with the stencil material from Walmart. You can also use it with a silicone embossing may in your cuttlebug/big shot/grand caliber/ eBosser etc… To emboss it as well much like you would emboss a spellbinders die but add an extra little card shim to the stack. 🙂

  3. This is awesome and something I want to do also. I am glad you did it and enjoyed and it turned out good. It encourages me to make mine. TFS

  4. What a wonderful idea. I too love clearance sales and have material for stencil making in my stash. Thank you for the inspiration.

  5. turned out great. haven’t tried stencil material in zinger yet but did buy some. u have inspired me to get it down from the shelf!

  6. Great idea and this turned out really well. Just another way to use our KNK cutters.

  7. I wonder how hard it would be to create the design in MTC if you wanted crisp edges, especially with some of the new features.

  8. Karin, did you make the pattern? It is so unusual not like chevron patterns all over.

  9. I really love this one! You really did a great job. Did you design the Chevron?

  10. Very cool! The stencil look actually adds some “character”. Thanks for sharing!

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