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Old 01-08-2014, 04:30 PM   #1
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This may have been asked before but can you make your own stencil with a die?
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Sure, just cut your shape (for a mask) or aperture (for a stencil) and ink away! I often use an acetate sheet because you can see exactly where you're placing it on your project and it's reusable but paper will work if you're doing a one-off or just want to try something out.

You do need to give a bit of thought to the dies you choose - anything that has lots of separate little pieces to pop out of your cut will make a mask but not a stencil. Take something like the Spellbinder Fancy Lattice die for example - I could lay that cut onto a project and ink or spray over it so I leave a negative image (mask) but not use it as a stencil.

If you're using a very intricate cut you might want to consider one of the masking films with low-tack adhesive but otherwise, just hold the sheet in place at the edges with a little tape if you're worried about it moving as you ink.

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Not sure if this is the type of stencil you are thinking of, but the video might give you some tips anyway...

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Dina,

Thanks so much for posting that video. I enjoyed it, and will probably watch several more times, as I'm just now getting interested in using stencils.

The acrylic caulk that you used - I'm assuming that would be interchangeable with what I've seen in other supply lists as embossing paste? It would probably be cheaper per ounce.

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Embossing paste or modeling/molding paste would also work... I would imagine, though, that a generic hardware item would be less expensive than an artists' medium.
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the silhouette cameo machine can also make stencils. I love it!
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I use them for masks/stencils all the time. Sometimes I make them out of acetate and other times I just use a sticky note for a disposable one that can be used several times and discarded. Have fun!
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I was watching Martha Stewart the other day and she uses those flimsy cutting sheets; I can't think of the exact name of them but they are pretty inexpensive. I tried on an old one and used a Spellbinder with it through the Big Shot and it worked perfectly. Got me thinking that I could use an old Cricut mat also

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I've been making my own stencils using my Cameo and Sizzix eClips machines with quilters plastic and poster board...check my blog post here for all of the details!!!
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