Stencils from vinyl for an easy peasy Le Boudoir wood plaque

Spring Break is over, boo hoo. I don’t feel like I even got a break. Why not? Because my dear husband volunteered to paint my mom’s house and even though I only spent 4 days over there during break I feel like I had zero time for myself for the entire holiday. Well, until today when I finally got to finish my stencil project.

Mom selected a dark pinkish red for her master bedroom, and it is a much bolder look than I would have expected from her. My mom is in Florida for the winter so she hasn’t even seen it yet. I jokingly told her that she wasn’t allowed to call it her bedroom – it is now the boudoir.

I used Harrington font and created the border from a variety of basic shapes that I skewed and welded together. Next I traced the chandelier from a free image and voila!


Settings for vinyl (Maxx Air):

  • f = 28
  • v = 300
  • p = 1


  1. Create your design in your favorite software
  2. Cut the vinyl and weed the waste
  3. Use transfer tape to pick up the design and transfer to the wood plaque   vinyl stencil
  4. Use a squeegee to adhere the vinyl to the wood, remove the transfer tape  
  5. Paint as desired   stencil peeled off
  6. Remove stencil vinyl  
  7. Fill in with color or simply cover with the Matte coating   stencil area filled in with color
    The copic marker spreads by just touching the wood and fills in the color. The painted area keeps it locked in. I coated the entire plaque with matte coating.

I’m going to mount it over the bedroom door before she gets home from Florida – tee hee hee. lol

Worse than the F word…

is the C word, cancer. I think every single person has been touched by cancer, it is a very scary thing. Our town will be hosting a Relay for Life at the end of the month and I decided to make something and do an online auction with all money earned going to Relay for Life. With vintage windows being all the rage and the fact that I have lots of them, it seemed like the perfect choice. Shelia Irish posted a similar file on another site to share with it’s members. She saw it on another site, and so it goes. Anyhow, it was for one of those machines that use a specific type of file…don’t you hate that?  But I was able to design it in KNK Studio and use it for my window.

IMG_3829 Then I decided I wanted to make some on plaques and made this

IMG_3830 You can change the color of the ribbon, pink is for breast cancer.

I will share the file but hope that if you make it, you share at least one with someone with cancer.  I ask that, as with any file posted on this page,  you do not share the file or sell the file.   Team KNK choose hope


KNK Maxx

Red capped blade

Force 42

Speed 350



Wood plaque


Last minute teacher idea

Happy Memorial Day! As this weekend comes to and end I wanted to share with you a last minute teacher gift that I designed. I saw similar things online and decided to try making it. IMG_3195 Materials

Outdoor vinyl

Indoor vinyl

Clear Transfer tape

2X Rustoleum Spray paint


KNK Maxx 15″

Red capped blade

40 force

400 speed

It was very easy to do. I copied an apple shape from online and pasted it into KNK Studio. I then typed each name in the font I wanted. I believe the font I used is HERALD. I then placed names around the outline of the apple and used Transform, fit text to arc to curve each  name to fit the silhouette. Once the outline was filled with names I randomly filled the apple with the remainder of the names. The Teachers name and the grade were made to fit into the leaf and stem. I cut the names from outdoor vinyl, I think it sticks to wood better. Because I only had the green and brown in indoor vinyl I used that for the leaf and the stem. I had no problem applying them to the wood.

I once again bought wood at Home Depot, 24×12 and had them cut it into 12×12 pieces. I lightly sanded the wood, wiped it down, and then spray painted the wood using the Rustoleum 2X. It is available ay most Wal Marts, Home Depot, etc and is about $4 a can. One can paints a lot of boards. It is a “powdery paint”. Try iy and you will know what I mean. :~)  Once it is painted I let it sit for 24 hours. This part kills me, I do not like waiting, so I generally paint a few at a time so I have some ready to go when I need the. After 24 hours I use my fine sanding block and lightly sand it and then wipe it down with a microfiber cloth to remove any dust. I then used my clear transfer tape to lift the vinyl from the backing and apply it to the wood. I think it took me about 1/2 hour to design it, cut it, and apply it. So if your kids are still in school and you want to make something special, this was a fun, easy project.

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A friend sent me an image that she had snagged from Pinterest and asked me if I could make her a tile like the image. sue music   The image had paper with musical notes on it and she wanted that in the background, just like pictured. Well, I wasn’t sure how I was going to accomplish that…but I did! I think I have almost an exact replica. :~) I found some scrapbook paper that had musical notes on it. Once I got it home I realized it was probably the exact same paper.  I then designed the saying in KNK Studio and cut it from vinyl. I like using “outdoor vinyl” on signs as it is meant to be permanent and seems to stick better. I used a 12×12 piece of thin pylwood and stained it. I then applied modge podge to the plywood and applied the paper. When that was dry I applied liquid laminate on the paper. I could have used modge podge but had liquid laminate left over from another project that I wanted to use. When that was dry I applied the vinyl. Here is my version of the plaque.

IMG_2230 Then, because I like that friend I decided to make another Pinterest project. It was a card that I saw and liked and decided to use the same paper for the card. In KNK Studio I designed the saying, saved it as a jpeg, imported it into Word and printed it. I used the KNK to cut the paper for the card…perfect every time.

IMG_2244 And THEN, because I had the modge podge out, and because My Vinyl Designer had a post on Facebook I decided to make my next project. Anyone who has tried to apply vinyl to canvas knows it can be a pain. I have had it where one color stuck perfect, the next not at all. Once again I like the outdoor vinyl but you are more limited by color choices if you like the matte finish. The post said that you should paint your canvas and let it dry. Then coat the canvas with modge podge and let it dry. And then apply the vinyl and it should stick like magic. I didn’t even waste time painting the canvas, I applied the modge podge to a bare canvas and let it dry. I then applied the vinyl. It wasn’t quite magic but I would say it was a 75% improvement.

IMG_2237 And my husband thinks I spend too much time on the computer. :O)



Tag Team

I have a friend who loves to paint furniture and does a beautiful job. I have a hard time with painting beautiful wood but yet I love her things. She has a blog called Create~Inspire.
The first thing I “tag teamed” with Lisa on was this wood plaque.

I had made some plaques with rough wood and the vinyl didn’t stick as well as I would have liked. I had painted the plaque black and applied white letters. Lisa took the plaque and painted it white, then she peeled off the vinyl letters. It looks so great!
Lisa likes to do fun things with furniture. She has a cricut but has asked me to cut vinyl for her because she is so limited with what she can cut and what fonts she has. One thing she asked me to cut was a clock face to put on top of a table she planned on painting. So I cut the clock face using basic wall vinyl found at KNK USA. I cut it using my 15″ KNK Maxx, a standard blade, with pressure set at 36 and speed at 200. I always use a slower speed with vinyl. This was a larger piece, 24 inches round, so I used the ginsu knife and cut the file in half and cut it in 2 pieces. Lisa applied the vinyl to the table, panted the table white, removed the vinyl and distressed the whole table. It turned out so cute I bought it from her and it makes me smile every time I look at it. :O)