The Simple Things You Need To Start Your Cricut Sign and Stencil Making Journey

 

It's easy to get overwhelmed by all the materials you might need but I'm sharing my tried and true few with you today!

Let me help you save lots of money, time and frustration when you are starting your Cricut stencil and sign making journey.  

Many times, I find that people aren't sure where to start with materials or they've purchased what SHOULD be the right material combinations but they just DO NOT work the way they were intended to.  

It's not your fault.  There are just too many choices! Luckily, less is more and you only need a handful of things to get going right away with beautiful results. 

You might think it's something you're doing wrong but the truth is that it's likely the wrong materials or combo of them that you are using.  Check out the video above to get super clear on what you need and what you don't. 

Trust me...I've taught thousands of crafty people how to do this and they are always amazed what a difference the RIGHT materials...

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Set up your Cricut for sign making in 5 minutes or less...even if it's still in the box!

 

It's time to make friends with your Cricut machine so you can start creating the signs you've been dreaming about making to give as gifts, hang in your home or even to sell.  

Follow the instructions in my super short video above because it's simpler than you might think. Finally, set it up with confidence in a way that will have you wanting to use it over and over again.  

Step 1. Clear a small space on a table or desk for the machine and your mat

Step 2. Make sure the machine has at least 10" behind for the mat to pull back and forth through the machine

Step 3. Fuzz your mat

Step 4. Learn what the buttons are for...(super simple thankfully!)

If you're ready to dive into the stencil and sign making journey, you're in luck because I've created a FREE workshop, just for you HERE.  It's only available for a limited time so save yourself a spot and enjoy!

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p.s. if you are a DIY Decor Maker Member, head on over to the spring/summer signs...

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Why Cricut Stencil Making & Sign Painting Confidence Is Overrated

 

Waiting until you are super confident using your Cricut machine to cut stencils or paint signs is not only an overrated goal but is also holding you back from creating SO many gorgeous signs, porch leaners and door hangers like Babs the Bunny up there .  

 That voice telling you that you'll do it when you feel more confident is holding you back because the only thing that gets you closer to feeling more confident is just doing that project, practicing all the steps, rinse & repeat. 

Here's some really good news...You don't have to be a super confident painter or hand lettering expert to be an artist...believe me! I would not consider myself a freehand painter and my shaky hand (neuropathy from chemo) would not behave if I wanted to hand letter something either. Being able to design and use svg stencil designs was a game changer for me! It gives me the shapes to start with and then if I want to add details and layers on top, I can using very simple...

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When Simpler is Better-Create a Reverse Stencil for Valentine's Day

Sometimes, simpler is just better...especially when you are first learning something new.  That's why I love creating signs with reverse stencils.  It is such a simple concept.  Take any shape or silhouette cut image on design space like a heart, shamrock, cupcake, daisy, etc. and cut a stencil with your Cricut using 631 oracal removable vinyl.  

In my example, I just painted a board with stripes using various chalk paint colors and some tape. 

Next, instead of using the stencil part of the vinyl, you just remove the inside shape of the vinyl and apply it to any background that you've painted.  Next, paint over that with a contrasting color (I chose white) and viola! You've got a diy sign which is especially exciting when you are first learning because that immediate gratification is often what will give you the confidence to do another project and on and on that goes until you're obsessed with how fun the process is and you're barely thinking about...

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ONE Simple Cricut Organizational Tip

Uncategorized Jan 17, 2024
 

Full disclosure here crafty friend,

I'd be lying if I didn't tell you that sometimes I feel like the pot calling the kettle black when I give crafty organization tips  

It only takes me approximately 2.2 seconds to turn my organized space into a hot mess express when I'm ACTUALLY creating a stencil project with my Cricut and painting signs

But it sure does help to have some great tips for set up so when I do want to dive in and have some crafty fun, I can get to it straight away!

I remember dreading the start of a sign project because I knew that meant clearing space to get going.  I'd procrastinate on creating gorgeous projects because I felt overwhelmed about not having space to lay down my mat to start cutting my stencils.  

I had to spend time shifting things around and it always felt hectic.  The problem is that I LOVE to use my Cricut and create stencils, painting signs, door hangers and porch leaners so I knew I needed a better way to set up my...

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What's the Difference Between a Vinyl (one time use) and a Mylar (multi-use) Stencil Design?

 

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a design for a vinyl (one time use) stencil vs. a mylar (multi-use) stencil?  

Whether you are using a Cricut or another type of cutting machine, those two materials are different and they require different types of designs in order for them to be cut and used successfully for your gorgeous DIY signs like this one below.  This is on of the "perfect starter projects" inside the DIY Decor Makers membership and it's a great project to learn how to make both vinyl and mylar stencils for.  The size is smaller than a 12" x 12" Cricut mat so that allows for easy sizing and mylar often comes in 12" x 12" sheets whereas vinyl comes in a 12" wide roll of varying lengths.  

I'll keep it super simple and so you know how to spot a vinyl stencil design versus a mylar material stencil design from a mile away and won't ever feel unsure again.  

Mylar- plastic type material that is a reusable material that does not...

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4 Reasons Your Stenciled Sign Didn't Turn Out How You Hoped

 

Are you trying to create beautiful signs with your Cricut but keep getting bleeding under your stencils? You are not alone! There’s nothing more frustrating than working really hard on a sign project using vinyl, stencil vinyl, or mylar, and then getting finished and seeing that you have lots of bleeding and touch ups to do. Today I’m sharing the four main reasons that you’re getting bleeding under your stencils and what you can do to prevent it!

  1. The surface is too bumpy. 

If you are just starting out with sign making and want to be successful right out of the gate, it’s really important that you start with a piece of wood that is pretty smooth in general. If you do find yourself creating a sign on a slightly bumpy surface, keep reading to learn how you can still avoid the bleeding.

  1. You’re using the wrong type of vinyl. 

A common mistake beginners make is choosing Cricut stencil vinyl because they think, “I have a Cricut, and I...

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25 Sayings to Use for Your St. Patrick’s Day Cricut Projects

25 Sayings to Use for Your St. Patrick’s Day Cricut Projects 

Feeling happy-go-lucky? St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and today I’m sharing 25 sayings and quotes to inspire your next cricut project. Add one of these sayings to a Cricut sign with some Irish green paint and shamrock stencils for instant DIY St. Patrick’s Day decor!

psst...If you are a member of the diy decor makers membership, you can find that "oh so lucky Clover Patch" svg in our svg library

SHORT ST. PATRICK’S DAY SAYINGS

  • Happy Go Lucky
  • Oh, so lucky-clover patch-pick your own
  • Let the Shenanigans begin!
  • This home is built on love and shenanigans.
  • Irish wishes and shamrock kisses
  • Let the shenanigans begin!
  • May the luck of the Irish always be with you.
  • Kiss me, I’m Irish!
  • This house runs on shenanigans and malarkey.
  • Wishin’ you a pot o’gold and all the love your heart can hold.
  • Shake your shamrocks!
  • May you find gold at the end of the rainbow.
  • Never...
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Stenciling a Valentine Porch Leaner the Easy Way!

 

After you get the basics down on how to create a stencil for a small sign or door hanger, with a Cricut or cutting machine, chances are you'll be tempted to give a porch leaner a try! These are loads of fun to make for all seasons but they can be intimidating because of the size.  My typical porch leaners are about 10" wide x 4 feet tall. 

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and what better way to welcome guests into your home during this season of love than with this adorable porch leaner? This is definitely a project you can tackle with a little bit of patience and some gentle guidance. I love creating beautiful stenciled signs with my Cricut and sharing helpful tips so that other women can do the same.  

PSST...If you are a DIY Decor Maker member, this full tutorial is inside your member site

MATERIALS LIST

Pine Board 1" x 10" x 48"

Sanding Block

VINYL STENCIL MATERIAL

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Bunny Buns Door Hanger Beginner Sign Project

 

Check out my quick tips for picking the perfect Cricut Starter Stencil Project. When you pick a simple project to start with, you'll have immediate success and that will help you start crossing off those pretty pinned projects you have on your list! Let me know if you'd love to make this bunny bun project too!

Sign up for my FREE WORKSHOP that is designed to help you get started today!

 

 

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