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Old 06-10-2013, 11:56 AM   #41
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I suppose I assumed that the laminate alone would not have enough rigidity and would tend to curl.
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You can buy stencil blanks from Plaid. They have them where the plastic stencils are in craft stores. I have also seen them in Walmart. There are several sheets in a pack for a few dollars. You could cut them with dies, craft knife, scissors, probably a cutting machine also.
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This article has some good ideas for mediums to try with stencils:
Add Dimension in Mixed-Media Art with Stencils - Cloth Paper Scissors Today - Blogs - Cloth Paper Scissors

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Why run Cardstock through? Can't you just run the laminating sheets through empty? Then die cut them? Or does something prevent you from doing that. You can also die cut acetate sheets to make masks and stencils. We did that in our Copic Pen and ink class this past weekend.
If it's a laminating pouch - as opposed to a sheet - you could run it through the laminator with nothing inside, so the two sides (front and back) of the pouch fuse together. It would be strong enough to use for masks and stencils that way.


I have a stencil cutter from "back in the day", when we used to make our own stencils. I should dust it off and give it a try... It's similar to this one: Show-Offs Stencil Cutter Kit | Shop Hobby Lobby
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I love my stencils and have been using them since the 90's. Recently I started experimenting with gelatin printing (I make my own long-life plate) and acquiring a different selection of stencil designs for that purpose.

I cut my own stencils with paper form my paper stash on the electronic cutter. At first I use to prime the stenicl with olive oil for a bit of longevity, but now I don't even bother with doing that. The paper stencils were only ever intended for use with arcylic paints and gelatin printing. Some of my most often used paper stencils are only getting better the more I use them and I can wipe any excess paint away with a damp rag now they are sealed with old paint.

As for storing them, they all go into a flat storage bin, regardless of whether I bought them or made them. And they are all stained and marked with paint, and if it's not shame on me for not using it yet.
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