I really love my Silhouette Machine. It is so much fun to play around with and it can do so many things! I love making vinyl stickers. Luckily, I’ve been able to control myself and my entire house is not covered in vinyl sticker! I had seen various pins on pinterest on how to use your Silhouette Machine to stencil. I thought this was so interesting and I couldn’t wait to try it. The only drawback was that the Silhouette vinyl is so expensive! So I did a little research and found that it was possible to use regular (cheap) contact paper in the silhouette machine! I mean, HOW AWESOME IS THAT! That stuff is like $2.99 a ROLL! So I researched online how to use it and played around with the settings a bit and after thinking I ruined my machine (which I did not) I decided that the settings needed to be: (*Please see the disclaimer at the end of the post)
NO CUTTING MAT.*
These are what worked for me* do your own research and see what works for you.*
I wanted to try my hand at using the Silhouette to stencil since I had seen so many great projects using stencils made on the Silhouette.
The first stencil project I did I tried using a wood plaque that I bought at Jo-Ann's Fabrics. You can see it primed white in this picture all the way to the right:
I chose a quote and using the Silhouette machine and Contact Paper, I made this:
Again, I have no pictures of the process since it was before I decided to blog, but the contact paper worked great for this project.
But I became more inspired when I found these on sale during another trip Jo-Ann's:
I painted one yellow and one red.
I then chose 2 quotes from the Silhouette Studio Store and printed them out on vinyl.
Here's one. I tried to use regular contact paper* at first, and it worked just as well as it did when I tried it on the wood... that is until I tried to transfer it to the canvas... then it wouldn't come off the transfer paper! It was very frustrating. I finally resorted to using the Silhouette vinyl. So much for saving money on this project, but, as you will see, I think it was worth it.
Here is the vinyl design on the canvas
It looked good like this that I almost left it like this, I mean how easy would that be to paint canvas, print off vinyl and stick it on there! But I was really going for a stencil look.
I had read the secret to making good stencils is to paint over the stencil with the base color, so I did that (sorry for the blurry image) I also did that with the wood plaque that I made:
when that was fully dried, I painted the final color:
I let that dry and peeled the letters off:
At first I was really upset with the bleed trough that I got on this piece, especially since I thought I took precautions to prevent that, but since the bleed through was pretty uniform throughout the whole design, I think it added to the overall design.
The second one I did came out with a lot cleaner lines. I am very pleased with the way both canvases turned out.
I ended up hanging all three quotes in my boys' bathroom. Hopefully they will look at them often and be inspired by the quotes.
*Disclaimer: I’m pretty sure Silhouette recommends using only Silhouette brand vinyl in their machines. Use contact paper at your own risk.