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Unread 07-27-2017, 04:34 PM   #1
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I don't know if this has been brought up before, but it's new to me. I have a ton of dies that would make good stencils. I've tried acetate (too flimsy) and SU clear stamp boxes (too stiff), and even cardboard (total disaster). Today, I tried Yupo. It worked great; nice, crisp stencils. You can wipe them off with water or stamp cleaner. My blue dye ink stained the one, but who cares? I've attached pictures of the two I made. Hope this helps someone.
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Unread 07-27-2017, 04:54 PM   #2
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Did you use die-cuts to make these or an electronic machine? I like the patterns!
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Unread 07-27-2017, 05:00 PM   #3
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Did you use die-cuts to make these or an electronic machine? I like the patterns!
I used Tim Holtz dies (that I got at Hobby Lobby--all 4 came in one pack) on my Big Shot.
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Unread 07-27-2017, 05:54 PM   #4
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Great tip... I am going to try this! Thanks for sharing!
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Unread 07-27-2017, 07:26 PM   #5
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I've thought about using my cricut to cut some out of heavy cardstock. Then if they got messed up, I could just cut out another one. Haven't tried it yet though. Might look on you tube to see if anyone has tried it.Yours look awesome!!!
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I was just listening to a woman talking about cutting stencils out with the cricut using report covers, and she said if you cut stencils out with cardstock to coat them with Mod Podge to keep the inks from soaking in. At first she said Gesso, but then she corrects herself later in the video and says "Mod Podge". Wonder how the report covers would work with the die cuts?

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The problem with thick cardstock is that it's harder to stipple/sponge right up to the cut edge. Same way that thinner paper is best for masking. I find that even the oiled manilla card which Winsor & Newton make ( or at least used to) for stencils is most suitable for designs without a lot of detail.




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I was just listening to a woman talking about cutting stencils out with the cricut using report covers, and she said if you cut stencils out with cardstock to coat them with Mod Podge to keep the inks from soaking in. At first she said Gesso, but then she corrects herself later in the video and says "Mod Podge". Wonder how the report covers would work with the die cuts?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YB39jw5VJY
This is a cool idea! Report covers are much less expensive than Yupo paper. Sounds like a good idea to explore with finding the right settings for one's cutting blade on their particular device.
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Unread 07-28-2017, 11:05 AM   #9
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Where do you buy Yupo?
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I have cut stencils out with a laminating sheet that has been run through the laminator. They work great!

I bought some Tim Holtz Yupo paper at Michael's with a coupon. You can also get it at Amazon.
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I have cut stencils with my Cricut out of the glossy cardstock from Stampin Up! Put the rough side down and the glossy side up. You can wipe ink off the glossy side. They worked well for several uses and still have them in a drawer.
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Freezer paper works for stencils.
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I have used acetate sheet and packaging to make stencils. I mostly draw or trace a pattern by hand and then cut with scissors or blade depending on the pattern.
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Thank you, Barney! I have those dies and have been wondering what I could use for stencil material.
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Aren't there different kinds of Yupo? Which one? It's a new product for me.

The idea though is excellent.
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I happen to have one of the Dover "cut and use" stencil books. Its pages are made of thick manilla paper ( like light cardboard). In the instructions it says to treat the pages, after cutting them out, with a mixture of half and half boiled linseed oil and turpentine. Perhaps this is how the Windsir and Newton material is made. Yupo sounds much easier!Silhouette sells a tacky stencil material and a non-tacky one for use in their electronic cutters. I have not tried it, and I don't know whether it could be die cut, although I imagine a Cricut could handle it.
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great tips ladies...thanks!!
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You can buy stencil film too, probably a little cheaper than Yupo... the package I have is from Darice - it's 4 mil thickness, "non-adhesive, water proof, highly resistant to most solvents, lies flat, will not tear or crack, reusable". Amazon has other brand options as well.

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Yupo 'papers' are sheets of nonporous polypropylene - basically they're plastic paper. They're great for alcohol inks and you can get some really cool effects with watercolors and dye powders like Brusho/Color Burst, etc. There are different weights of Yupo, and it comes in white and translucent - https://legionpaper.com/yupo - for die cutting you'd want a lighter weight, and the translucent would be best for stencil placement.
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I use report covers also. I've had good luck with them and they are so cheap! Now is a good time to get some as school supplies are on sale
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I used those thin plastic report binders you can get at WalMart and other places to cut stencils from using my Cameo and it worked very well. The plastic is really thin and what I like to use them for is for my sprays, they work really well. I haven't tried to use texture paste thru them, but I do believe they would still work nicely for that.
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I have made stencils from stencil material to use on my Silouhette . I might have gotten it from Silhouette. They probably have it at Michaels or JoAnn's. It is thin but works really well.Here is a pic of a couple that I made..
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How neat! Those turned out great! I haven't had a chance to try my cricut with the cheap report covers yet.
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