As you know, I really love making stencils with my Silhouette Portrait. If you just joined my blog, you can find my post about stencil making here.
I’ve been making them with Dura-Lar .005 clear film. That material works pretty good, especially for playing on paper. As long as the design is not real intricate, they work fine on fabric. However, for The Printed Fabric Bee challenge this month I need to make a more detailed and intricate stencil since Lesley wanted a mosaic.
I tried a variety of materials, from paper to Silhouette vinyl to card stock, but nothing would keep the fabric paint from seeping under the stencil, messing up the fabric. I was getting frustrated until freezer paper came to mind. Well, I know about it and how it’s widely used for making stencils, but I didn’t want to dust off my exacto. Then I ran into this blog post by Lauren on the The Thinking Closet where she used her Silhouette to cut the freezer paper. Thank you Lauren! You made my day!
Armed with this knowledge, I added flowers to a Lizzie Mayne stencil design I had purchased several months ago from the Silhouette store. When I was happy with the design, I loaded the freezer paper onto a mat and cut. Here are a couple things to help you if you plan to cut freezer paper with your Silhouette:
- You MUST use a sticky mat. If you don’t, the freezer paper will fly all over your machine. (Been there, done that!)
- You can load it either side down, but it will come off the mat MUCH easier if you put the shiny side down. Also, if you load it paper side down, the image will be flipped when you iron it onto your fabric. That may or may not make a difference for your design.
- Here are the settings for cutting thanks to Lauren’t blog post: Blade 3, Speed 3, and Thickness 10.
Once the design is removed from the machine, remove all of the loose pieces or what they call “weed.” It probably works better with a tool, but my makeshift weeding tool is AWOL. I think it left when I cleaned up my studio for the photo shoot!
Once the stencil is all cleaned up, gently remove from the cutting mat and place on fabric, shiny side down.
Then if you are happy with the placement of your new stencil on the fabric, iron it down.
Then, let’s get to painting. I am using fabric paint: Jacquard Lumier, Pebeo Setacolor Opaque and Jacquard Textile. I used both a stencil brush and a small brush to fill in all of the spaces.
I need to mention a word about brushes. I use a lot of products, but I’ve found lately that I really like both stencil and regular brushes from Martha Stewart. I will try some of my other brushes, but then I always go back to MS. You will notice one of the stencil brushes is not a MS. I went to several stores and they were all out of the small stencil brushes so I had to do with what I had.
Anyway, to prevent the paint from running under the stencil I made sure the brush was pretty dry and kept it vertical when pouncing on the fabric.
And with these freezer stencils there might be a little migration of paint under the stencil, but not much. I was really happy with my results.
I’ll show you the finished piece in a post this weekend which will include the monthly Printed Fabric Bee Giveaway. Hope to see you back here then.
I’ll be making more of these stencils for sure.
Great job Lynda! I need to try using freezer paper in my Silhouette now!
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Lisa, Thanks. I will definitely make more.
This really cool Lynda! I was just looking at these type of machines at Michaels’s yesterday. Can you make your own designs it will cut out for you? I love your color choices.
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Jaime, Yes. Check out my post about making stencil masks from stamped images: https://lyndaheines.blog/2013/10/how-to-making-stencil-masks-from-stamped-images/ and also this one on making stencils from drawings: https://lyndaheines.blog/2013/05/more-stencil-making/ I really like the Silhouette Portrait. The only drawback is the size of image. It doesn’t do any wider than 8 inches. For this challenge she wanted a 12 x 12 mosaic so I had to make 4 6×6 stencils and put them together. It would have been much easier to just make a 12 x 12. But it’s cheaper and has a smaller footprint on my desk. I really have had fun using it and now with the freezer paper stencils, I can see much more fun to come!
Hi Lynda- How funny…I plan to use freezer paper for Lesley’s fabric as well-though I’ll be hand cutting it. Can’t wait to see your end result.-Julie
Hi Julie, Looking forward to seeing yours too. I’d never get it done if I had to hand cut it!! Thanks for dropping by.
Hi Lynda, I made some stencils using freezer paper and my machine a
few weeks ago and they came out great! I didn’t have good luck with the stencil paper I bought from the company…too sticky 🙁 Have you used their stencil paper yet? Looking forward to seeing your finished fabric.
Diane, I’ve not used their stencil paper. I only have their vinyl which didn’t do well at all! Glad to hear about your experience with the paper so I won’t be tempted to try it! Love the freezer paper.
Lynda, I’m delighted to know my tutorial was an inspiration to you! Your freezer paper stenciling looks like it turned out fabulously. Seriously, I love that stuff. Thanks for the link love…and you can keep your eyes peeled out for my Reader Showcase this March where I just *might* have to feature this awesome post! Hint, hint, nudge, nudge. 😉
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Lauren, I am so glad I found you! I am so looking forward to making other freezer paper stencils. You are so welcome and I would be honored to be featured on your blog. Thanks for dropping by and again thanks for your post.
This is really a neat idea! Thanks for sharing Lynda.
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This tutorial saved me lots of efford, hours of work and definitely some money. The settings and hints for cutting freezer paper worked like a charm and I’m extremely happy with the result.
Kathrin, So happy that this post helped you! Thanks for letting me know.