Category: Stenciling at Home

  • dabbing stencil with sponge brushes

    What’s the difference between spray paint stencils and dabbing stencils?

    What is a dabbing stencil and what is a spray stencil? A dabbing stencil is one where you physically touch the surface with a brush or sponge or roller. On the contrary, with a spray paint stencil you never touch the surface because you are spraying the paint at the surface with a spray can […]

  • sponge for cleaning stencils

    How to Clean and Care for your Mylar Stencils

    Mylar is polyester Mylar (polyester) stencils are lightweight and durable, but paint residue can build up over time, resulting in a blotchy or drippy application of paint. Fortunately, cleaning your mylar stencil is easy. Just follow these steps. What You’ll Need What you’ll need depends on what it is that you want to get off […]

  • Dave and Abraham Lincoln stencil card

    How to Make a Stencil Card

    Making a stencil card is easy and fun if you have a craft cutter like a Cricut Explore series. But before we walk you through the steps to create a stencil card, have a look at what the final project could look like. What you’ll need You’ll need a craft cutter, like a Cricut Explore, […]

  • wreath christmas cards with stencils used to make them

    Holiday cards made with stencils are fast, fun, and infinitely personalizable

    This season (okay, every season) we make holiday cards using a smaller sized stencil. This time we made them to fit into an 6″ x 9″ envelope. We like to print on the front and write on the back, so that it’s easy for our loved ones to just plop the card onto the fridge […]

  • santa stencil with lively green-gold background swoosh

    Let’s Stencil…Santa Claus

    A perennial holiday favorite, Saint Nicholas makes a great stencil because he is reproducible with just black, white and red paint. If you want to splurge on some reindeer, you’ll need some brown, and if you want to put colored presents in his sack you’ll maybe need a splash of blue or green. Straight up […]

  • dot pattern circle stencils results

    Spray Paint Stencils for Interior Walls

    Don’t be afraid to use spray paint inside! That’s the take-away here, honestly. These stencils have really cool effect on interior walls. If you watch the video, you’ll get a kick out of how much fun it can be to experiment with spray paint. Although it’s in virtual reality, I urge you to take the […]

  • 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 […]

  • power tabletop laser for cutting stencils

    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 […]

  • weeding a portrait stencil

    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 […]

  • Stencil of a woman's face lifted from craft cutter

    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 […]