Saturday, August 14, 2010

Contact paper stencils

I made an amazing discovery today. Did you know that you can make your own stencils with your cricut using contact paper?? Why it took me this long to figure out, I have no idea, but at least now I know! Much cheaper than using the vinyl for the cricut or spraying your paper to make it sticky! 
Here is one of my fabulous treasures, I do not have a before picture, and it was in good shape, but boy did it smell. Not sure what it was used for...
So I brought it home, sprayed it down, applied some wood bleach to the entire thing and let dry. Then I stained it with my new favorite color, Jackobean! 

It is going to be a display piece in my shop and at craft sales. It is built from 3 old ammunition boxes, and is very sturdy. Now time to stencil! 
I used my cricut and the base camp cartridge. I cut the word simplify, and applied the cut out from the letters, not the letters themselves. Make sure to press it on really well.

Now it is time for the paint. I used a stipple brush and acrylic paints.
I remove the stencil as soon as I am done painting, no need to wait for it to dry.

Now my only question is, do the other 2 boxes need something on them as well?? 
What do you think?

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