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!
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.
A common mistake beginners make is choosing Cricut stencil vinyl because they think, “I have a Cricut, and I want to make a stencil.” Makes sense right? The problem is, the vinyl from Cricut doesn’t adhere well enough. When you try to apply it to your wood, it doesn’t create the best seal. The best vinyl I’ve found is 631 oracle vinyl. It’s under the removable vinyl category and is by far the best vinyl I’ve used for creating Cricut stencils along with the Vinyl Ease Paper Tape. Hundreds of my DIY Decor Maker members also use it and love it!
You may think your brush is dry, but what happens when you wash your brushes is the water hangs out in the handle part and as you’re stenciling, your paint is getting wet and thins out, which makes it easy to bleed under your stencil. Having a super dry brush is very important if you want to prevent bleeding.
The thicker your paint is, the less bleeding you will have under your stencils. Make sure you use a chalk-based paint such as Waverly chalk-based paint, Folk Art Home Decor chalk-based paint, etc. These can be found at Walmart, Amazon and craft stores. The brand of paint isn’t as important as ensuring that you are using chalk-based paint.
Okay, let's recap – your wood has a nice smooth surface, you’re using 631 oracle vinyl, you have a super dry brush, and you’re using the best chalk-based paint. You’ve set yourself up for success! Now, as you paint your stencil, be sure to offload your paint onto a separate surface as you go. It’s always better to do two very light coats that you feather and pounce than doing one heavy coat. Less is more!
If you follow all of these tips, you will end up with nice clean lines and perfectly crisp signs that are ready to sell or display in your home! I hope you found this information helpful. I love helping women dust off their Cricut machines to make decor on a budget with paint and stencils! For more free tutorials and cricut inspiration, visit my Facebook page! And if you’d like to join a supportive community of other Cricut DIYers who get monthly project ideas, supply lists, and detailed project instructions, check out my Mini Workshop that will help you dust off that Cricut and start creating stencils HERE.
Happy Sign Making!
psst...If you are a DIY Decor Maker Member, you can find the stacker project in the image above on our member site under the "spring/summer signs" category