Well I gave up stressing about the box of stencils I couldn't find this week and got busy making my own...cos everyone said it was so easy :D...and it is!!!
I can draw...and I have craft tools...and plastic folders are dirt cheap!
Being slightly sensible I decided to work in A5, which meant I got 4 possible stencils from one cut up folder...
never shy to jump in, I went straight for a face lol. I made a stylised self portrait, and cut it out with a scalpel.
Cutting with a scalpel makes your finger sore!
Tested inside my handmade journal...
though gold paint doesn't show very well lol...
so used a dropsheet and some black paint...
How Manga is that!!!
Liked! so doodled some background texture patterns, but was dreading the cutting out...
until friends suggested using a soldering iron/hot tool...I have one for heat foiling...and wow this was much easier,
"Crazy Cow" and "Drystone Wall"
but after doing 2 the smell of melting plastic was making me feel ill(so 1 a day in future), and if you like a nice tidy edge this method can leave quite rough edges.
Was still concerned how I was going to manage the 2 fussier designs, when another crafting buddy said "I can cut them out with my machine if you like...will only take a few minutes"
"Never Forget" and "Ouija"
She has a Craft Robo....she uses it for die cutting ...it cuts thin plastic...such a clean precise cut!
So all in all a very productive exercise...and I am already using all of them. It is wonderful to know I can just make the stencil I want so cheaply (though I have added the cutting machine to my *wants* list, marked urgent)
Why not try making some of your own?...and you get to give them freaky names :D
Enjoy :D XXX