How to Create a Reusable Stencil for Paper Crafting with Oramask 813
I love working with stencils. They can be such a beautiful tool in your crafting arsenal. But I struggle to get my stencils clean after using media such as glimmer paste, gesso, and texture paste. Even after soaking them immediately after use, it is still hard to get them nice and clean.
I wanted to create my own stencil designs with my Silhouette Cameo and use a material that would be reusable. Permanent Vinyl is too sticky and would not work well with paper, as it will pull the paper up if you try to remove the material after it has been laid down. And it is impossible to keep the original shape of the stencil after you use it once.
So I decided to experiment with a material that is used in creating reusable stencils for wood; Oramask 813. It is a type of vinyl that does have tack, but it is not permanent. I used different techniques on paper and came up with one that allowed me to reuse the stencil about 7-8 times before the Oramask became unusable. It is not a permanently reusable solution, but it works great for those projects like card swaps when you need to make several cards of the same design.
The card that I made in this post is one that I created for my latest card swap. I have a group called “Card Maker's – Card Swap“. There is a monthly theme and all are invited to participate. Check out our facebook group for more information.
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Create Reusable Stencils with Oramask 813
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Step By Step Instructions
Design the Oramask Stencil in Silhouette Studio
- Create a rectangle the size you want the stencil to be. In this case I created a rectangle 6×6 and used the scale tab in the transform panel.
2. Create another rectangle in the size of a card front size. In this case 5.25″ x 4.00″.
3. Import a shape for you to want to create a repeating pattern.
4. Resize the shape to the size you need it to be.
5. Move the shape and place it in front of the “card front”. From there you can adjust the size to what you are going for.
6. Repeat the pattern as wide as your card front.
7. Remove one or two of the shapes to allow for space to occur between them.
8. Select the row of shapes and choose the horizontal align in the transform panel to evenly space the shapes.
9. Group the row and replicate it. The move the second row offset from the first row.
10. Group those two rows together and repeat this pattern down the height of your card front.
11. Select the entire group of shapes and use the transform panel to align right and then vertical align.
12. Get ready to send to cut.
Use the following cut settings:
- Material: Vinyl Matte
- Blade: 1
- Force: 10
- Pass: 1
13. Peel the mat away from the material. This helps the material to peal off smoothly.
14. Weed all of the shapes out of your design. I prefer using the Cricut weeding tools.
15. Place a transfer sheet over the weeded stencil. My favorite transfer sheet is Craftopia.
Do a Test Run
You will want to do a test run with a scrap piece of paper before applying to your project paper.
- Wipe the paper down with anti-static powder.
2. Place the stencil and transfer sheet down over the paper.
3. Pull back the transfer sheet.
4. Carefully pull back the stencil.
5. Place the stencil back on the glossy backing and the transfer sheet on top. Set aside to when you are ready to use the stencil for your project.
Create Your Card
I created this color background by blending Distress Oxide Ink (Festive Berries) on a Neenah Solar White card front.
- Prepare the card by applying the anti-static powder.
2. Place the stencil and transfer down on the paper. I tilted mine diagonally to give the the card interest.
3. Pull back the transfer sheet.
4. Apply the glimmer paste over the stencil. I use the Nuvo Media Spatula.
5. Once the glimmer paste has been applied, carefully peal back the stencil.
6. Replace the stencil back onto the glossy backing sheet and place the transfer sheet over it.
You can reuse this stencil multiple times. I used it for abut 8 cards before it got really mucky.
Want to Create Your Own Designs and Export as SVGs?
If you have a Silhouette Cameo and use Silhouette Studio to design your SVGs, you will need the Business Edition of Silhouette Studio. You can pick this code to unlock the Business Edition here.
The die I used to cut the sentiment is the Essentials Slanted Sentiment Die-Namic from My Favorite Things. It is currently retired but EllenHutson.com still has some in stock as of when this post was published.
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Full disclosure: When I sent to export this project into an SVG file, it would not allow me to fully export it because the heart design was a design I had purchased in the Silhouette Design Store and it was restricted. So I purchased this heart design in DesignBundles.net and recreated the same pattern for you.