Stenciled Wooden Sign
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Stenciled Wooden Sign

I am loving the quotes and phrases that are in the online store lately, and the quote by Mother Teresa in this week’s free shape is no exception. I like to have inspirational quotes like these displayed around my house, so for today’s project I thought I’d use the free shape combined with one of my favorite backgrounds to make a little piece of home decor.
I like the combination of the pattern and phrase, but sometimes trying to combine text and a background pattern can be tricky. They either compete with each other, or the letters just get lost. In paper crafting the simple solution is to offset the shape and create a mat for the phrase to sit on. So, I figured why not try that same technique when creating the stencils for this project. ย It worked like a charm! ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s how you can make your own…
Start by drawing a rectangle the size of the wood piece you are going to paint. ย Then, open the free shape and size it to fit nicely inside that rectangle.
Once everything is sized, open the offset window. Then, select the phrase shape and click offset. Using the down arrow, reduce the offset distance to .085 then click apply.
Here you can see the border it will create around the shape…
Next, ย open and size the chevron shape. Then, move the offset shape you just created right over the top of it. To make sure it is centered, select both the the offset shape and the chevron, open the align window and click center.
Before moving on to the next step you’ll want to be sure that the offset shape is in front. {right click and bring to front} Then, with both shapes selected, open the modify window and click ‘subtract’.
After that step it should look like the screen shot below, and they are all set to be cut out of stencil vinyl.
You can see on the finished product here, that by cutting the offset out of the background it gives the phrase some nice breathing room.
I hope this little tutorial is helpful and that you enjoy your new shape!


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  1. I guess I’m a little confused, can you explain what “goat love” means?

    1. I thought this too!! Ha!

  2. It says great love.

  3. I thought the same thing. I would love this if it didn’t look like it said goat love. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. This is sweet…really like the quote! Unfortunately I don’t have any vinyl but I’m sure I can come up with something using paper ๐Ÿ˜€ thanks!

  5. awesome tutorial-thanks! and it turned out super cute!

  6. Sorry, but it looked like “goat” to me too.

  7. It’s adorable. It clearly looks like “great” to me. lol

  8. I bought this to remember the wording. I showed it to a few people I work with and they thought it said “goat” too. I do love the stencil idea. Trying to figure out what else I can use it for! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Great to find this awesome blog post. It’s just fantastic.

  10. Love your sign!

  11. This is one of my favorite quotes, but I’m just not a fan of this cut (I didn’t think it said “goat love”, but after I read that I looked and I can completely see where someone else could have seen it LOL!)

    I did like the tutorial though and might use it on something else. I appreciate the way all of the different onscreen buttons were highlighted so you could see what was selected. However I have to ask, how do you open the “align” window? That wasn’t indicated in the screen shot.

  12. Fabulous idea – looks great! Oops – ‘scuse the pun – not intended ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. awesome tutorial of a use I would never have known existed.

    Coming here to this blog really helps me see all the stuff I could do with my fancy silhouette. Thank you so much for all the tutorials.

  14. does it say where the chevron background came from?

    1. The shape I used is one of the ‘ 4 3×4 life cards’ and you can link to it under ‘shape’ at the bottom of the post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. It DOES look like it says “goat love.”

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