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?



slommler said...

"Dream" and "Create"
Those are my choices. Wonderful piece!!
And thanks for the tip on the Cricut stencils. Cool!!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

The case looks great but I think it needs something on the other two boxes as well. I like the Dream and Create suggestions.

Missy Luukkonen said...

I love those 2!! I think I will go add that right now! Thanks for the help! My head was a bit foddy from all the spray paint!! :)

Sarah {The Student Knitter} said...

I think the other two could have other words in teh same (or similar) font and be a matching set. Love them!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I agree! Those are words I have on my header. :) Your display is looking great.

Melissa said...

Nice piece, I think you could go either way with putting stencils on the other two boxes.

Gail said...

Oh how nice! I agree with Dream and Create as well. Thanks for sharing your Cricut discovery.

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Since simplify is the word you used, I say keep it simple and don't add anything else. I really like it!

Gracefully Vintage said...

This is Why I so so LOVE your blog.. That is amazng.. I am in love with making stuff out of real metal-wood left overs... and I love your stencil...
My darn Cricut isnt cutting right- i bought new cutter, and still not going all the way through.. Im dying..
LOVE your BLOG as always..

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I loved the suggestion from your first comment! Love and Create, it is perfect. I think the more I see on the Cricut, it should be on my wish list! I am visiting from Cottage Instincts


kinderdi said...

I like it the way it is. :) If you did words like 'live, love, laugh' then I would do all 3. "Simplify" seems like enough...great project! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see pictures of the shop!!!!

Terrell said...

Love and create are great...but anything would go perfect on this fabulous find!! I'm happy to be your newest follower of your delightful blog! Be sure to come by FrouFrouDecor..I love having new friends! I also have a link party every Friday and would love to have you link up!
~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~