• Birthday Card: Old But Good Stencil Trick

    Birthday Card: Old But Good Stencil Trick

    Here’s an oldie but a goodie: combining two stencils to make something new. I took this picture of Petia the other day (can you guess what we were doing?), and there was something about the way she was holding the birthday stencil that gave me an idea. Why not make a stencil of her holding […]

  • How Much Detail Should I Include in my Stencils?

    How Much Detail Should I Include in my Stencils?

    You’ve got the portrait about right, but you can’t really see that dimple in the shadow of his face. How much detail does a stencil need to include? In the end it comes down to taste. But there are some aesthetic and some practical considerations. I like the graphic look of a stencil. I like […]

  • Removing Extra Bridges from a Stencil

    Removing Extra Bridges from a Stencil

    You paint a stencil with bridges in it, and everything is cool until you get to the darkest layer, and WOW—those bridges really stand out. They stand out because the surface under the bridge is white, and when you paint black next to white, the contrast is really distracting. Take this example of an image […]

  • How to Paint any Stencil on Any Surface Using Just Black and White Paint

    How to Paint any Stencil on Any Surface Using Just Black and White Paint

    Today’s Bay Stencil Challenge was to paint any stencil on any surface using just black and white paint. So we chose some color stencils like Wonder Woman and the Police Call Box, and we put them up on light- and dark-colored surfaces, as well as a bright red surface. We practiced with these stencils, learned […]

  • Filling In Gaps Left by Bridges

    Filling In Gaps Left by Bridges

    Most stencils need to have at least a few bridges. Without bridges, the islands in the stencil just fall out when you cut them. And when you paint a stencil with bridges, there are going to be gaps in the paint where the bridges were. You can address this by eliminating the bridges in the […]

  • Sure Cuts a Lot : Import SVGs from Bay Stencil for Perfect Multi-layer Stencils

    Sure Cuts a Lot : Import SVGs from Bay Stencil for Perfect Multi-layer Stencils

    With dozens of capable craft cutters on the market, we’re fortunate that one application can support so many of them. Whether you have a Brother ScanNCut or a discontinued KNK Zing or one of the oh-so-capable Silver Bullet line, you can use Sure Cuts a Lot to cut your perfect stencil. If you start with […]

  • Use Lightburn to cut Bridged SVG Stencils from Bay Stencil

    Use Lightburn to cut Bridged SVG Stencils from Bay Stencil

    Just a few years ago, it was impossible to imagine that laser cutters would be so fast, so accurate and so inexpensive that you can have one in your garage or craft room. And yet, here they are. You may have opted for an industry-leading Epilog Laser. Or you may have bought in at a […]

  • Making Stencils with Silhouette Cameo or Silhouette Portrait

    Making Stencils with Silhouette Cameo or Silhouette Portrait

    The Cameo and Portrait from Silhouette are familiar fixtures on the craft cutting scene. The lightweight, portable Portrait is controlled by the same software as the larger and more capable Cameo: Silhouette Studio. But Silhouette Studio is licensed software, and both cutters can also be drive by Silhouette Go on an iPad or the same […]

  • Make a Stencil for Cricut using Bay Stencil and Cricut Design Space

    Make a Stencil for Cricut using Bay Stencil and Cricut Design Space

    The Cricut line of machines is amazing. For a few hundred bucks, you can put an iPad-controlled industrial-grade CNC cutter in your craft room or garage. The Cricut Explore series, and the Cricut Maker are simply excellent tools for cutting stencils out of any suitable stencil material, including vinyl, mylar, or card stock. Bay Stencil […]

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  • Vector Files for Stencil Cutting

    Vector Files for Stencil Cutting

    If you’re cutting a stencil by hand, it doesn’t matter whether you have a vector or a raster file. But when you cut with a machine (like a Cricut or a Silhouette Cameo), you definitely want a vector file. For many of these machines, it’s possible to upload a raster file to their design program, […]

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