Friday Feature and Stencil Alphabet Tutorial

Today’s feature is from Jackie at Rockwell Designs. With the help of her CAMEO she made these darling cards.

There’s a lot more inspiration where those came from… Thanks for sharing Jackie! 

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Today’s tutorial is a quick and easy way to change your favorite fonts into stencil fonts.

First, I’ll show how it is done using the designer edition of the software, then explain how you can do something similar if you are using the basic edition… 

Start by typing your word and select the knife tool from the tool bar on the left side of your screen. Then, if not already selected, click “solid” under the “Treat unfilled shape as:”.  If there are multiple letters that need stencil-fied {yup, I think I just made up a new word.. :) } deselect auto apply.

Then, with the knife tool selected, hold down the shift key and make two cut lines.

To make sure that each letter is consistent, select those two cut lines and copy/paste them on the other letters to be connected.

Then, select all of the cut lines you just created and click “Apply Selected Knife”.

That step created small rectangles inside those cut lines, which we don’t need. So, go ahead and deleted those… and voila… awesome stencil letters!

If you have the basic edition, the knife tool auto applies. So, select the knife tool, hold down the shift key and draw your cut lines. Then, repeat the process for the other letters.  Just like in the steps above, delete the rectangles created by the knife lines and you are good to go!

11 thoughts on “Friday Feature and Stencil Alphabet Tutorial

  1. Thanks for the tutorial! And I just found Jackie’s blog the other day and I love it! So much inspiration. :)

  2. Not sure I understand why you need the knife marks. Can’t the letters just be solid, continuous?

    Thanks for sharing.


    1. jeana says:

      Hi Christie,

      They can, but it’s helpful when doing a stencil to have the center piece attached. :)

  3. WOW, thanks so much for sharing my cards on the Silhouette Blog!

    Great tutorial Jeana!!! Brilliant idea to create a stencil style font! Now I don’t have to worry about glueing down those pesky little center pieces that are in some letters! Brilliant idea! :)

  4. I was trying to figure out how to do this the other day on a shape, and had similar success using the eraser to remove a portion of the cut lines so that the centers stayed attached. Good to know there’s another way to do it as well!

  5. Barbara says:

    It could also be done by placing any shape over the letter, then using the modify tool to subtract the shape!

  6. Jackie-thanks for sharing the great tutorial! Can you let us know what medium you are cutting on and what cut settings you use? Thanks!

    1. Hi Morgan, Jeana created the tutorial for cutting the stencil letters. I created the 2 cards.

  7. jintyoo7 says:

    Gorgeous cards – especially love the sakura flower branch :)

    Great tutorial – thank you!

  8. Stunning cards, Jackie. And I loved the alpha stencil tutorial as well. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  9. Brittini says:

    Can someone post or send me the link to Jackies Blog, please?

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