This week, I’m excited to be sharing a brand new product with you! Some of you may or may not know, but Silhouette will be introducing stencil material really, really soon! That’s right, I said Stencil Material! Are you as excited about this as I am? I know you are going to love it too! What’s not to love, right?
Before we get too technical here, let’s start off with something fun. . . picking shapes from the Silhouette Online Store. I love searching for just the perfect shape for a project! For this project, I mostly picked Valentine’s Day related shapes. If you are doing a similar project, you can pick anything you want. If you want to know which shapes I used, please check out my reference list at the bottom of this post. For the first example, I will be using the 3″ x 4″ Valentine Life Cards. Are you ready?
First, open a new document. Select a 12″ x 12″ document with no cutting mat (we will be cutting this design out of the new Stencil Material). Go to the Silhouette Online Store and select your graphic. I’ll be using the 3″ x 4″ Valentine Life Cards. Once you’ve opened the graphic, you’ll want to ungroup the image by right clicking on the image and selecting ungroup. Then delete the items that you won’t be working with. I actually left the little “Feb 14” image too. You may have to ungroup more than once to delete everything you don’t want.
Now, all you should have left is the word “Love”. My bags are a 4″ x 6″ so I created a box that was 4″ x 5.” Then I placed the word “Love” on top of that box. Select both the heart and the “LVE” and resize to fit inside the box. I just made mine a little larger. In hindsight, I would have made my box the full 4″ x 6″ to give me a little more protection when stenciling. I’m a messy crafter and tend to get a little wild with my paint. Had I made my box a little larger, it would have protected more of the bag. This image was intended for printing, so we have one more step to get this image ready for cutting. Open the Trace window and uncheck “High Pass Filter.” Then increase the threshold to around 80% and select “Trace.” Now your image is ready to cut. In order to maximize your Stencil Material, I would create a few more designs, which is what I did. I selected 2 Love Fish, one of the hearts from the 4 Hearts set, and the ‘I Love Mustache’ phrase.
To cut your stencil, send your images to the Silhouette machine. Set your rollers to 13″, load the stencil material into the Silhouette machine using “Load Media” select Stencil as your media and follow the cutting settings.
Place the stencil on your muslin bag. Make sure you put a piece of cardboard inside your bag so the stencil doesn’t bleed through. Just use a small amount of paint. I dipped the brush into the paint and then blotted it on a paper plate before I applied it to the bag. That removed a lot of the excess paint!